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Path Finding Strategies in Stochastic Networks

Keyhani, Mohammad Hossein ; Schnee, Mathias ; Weihe, Karsten (2014)
Path Finding Strategies in Stochastic Networks.
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Type of entry: Primary publication
Title: Path Finding Strategies in Stochastic Networks
Language: English
Date: 10 December 2014

We introduce a novel generic algorithmic problem in directed acyclic graphs, motivated by our train delay research. Roughly speaking, an arc is admissible or not subject to the value of a random variable at its tail node. The core problem is to precompute data such that a walk along admissible arcs will lead to one of the target nodes with a high probability. In the motivating application scenario, this means to meet an appointment with a high chance even if train connections are broken due to train delays.

We present an efficient dynamic-programming algorithm for the generic case. The algorithm allows us to maximize the probability of success or, alternatively, optimize other criteria subject to a guaranteed probability of success.

Moreover, we customize this algorithm to the application scenario. For this scenario, we present computational results based on real data from the national German railway company. The results demonstrate that our approach is superior to the natural approach, that is, to find a fast and convenient connection and to identify alternative routes for all tight train changes where the probability that the change breaks due to delays is not negligible.

URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-43029
Classification DDC: 000 Generalities, computers, information > 004 Computer science
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science > Algorithmics
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 14:06
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:06
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/4302
PPN: 352277149
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