Let G be a simple, undirected graph. A special network N, called a balanced network, is constructed from G such that maximum matchings and f-factors in G correspond to maximum flows in N. A max-balancedflow-min-balanced-cut theorem is proved for balanced networks. It is shown that Tutte’s Factor Theorem is equivalent to this network flow theorem, and that f-barriers are equivalent to minimum balanced edgecuts. A max-balanced-flow algorithm will solve the factor problem. 1. Balanced Networks… CONTINUE READING