Benjamin Doerr

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In the standard consensus problem there are <i>n</i> processes with possibly different input values and the goal is to eventually reach a point at which all processes commit to exactly one of these values. We are studying a slight variant of the consensus problem called the <i>stabilizing consensus problem</i> [2]. In this problem, we do not require that(More)
With the prevalence of social networks, it has become increasingly important to understand their features and limitations. It has been observed that information spreads extremely fast in social networks. We study the performance of randomized rumor spreading protocols on graphs in the preferential attachment model. The well-known random phone call model of(More)
We conduct a rigorous analysis of the (1 + 1) evolutionary algorithm for the single source shortest path problem proposed by Scharnow, Tinnefeld and Wegener (Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Algorithms, 2004). We prove a tight bound of Θ(n max{log(n), l}) on the optimization time, where l is the maximum number of edges of a shortest path with minimum(More)
We propose and analyse a quasirandom analogue to the classical push model for disseminating information in networks ("randomized rumor spreading"). In the classical model, in each round each informed node chooses a neighbor at random and informs it. Results of Frieze and Grimmett (Discrete Appl. Math. 1985) show that this simple protocol succeeds in(More)
Successful applications of evolutionary algorithms show that certain variation operators can lead to good solutions much faster than other ones. We examine this behavior observed in practice from a theoretical point of view and investigate the effect of an asymmetric mutation operator in evolutionary algorithms with respect to the runtime behavior.(More)