The Simplex Algorithm Is NP-Mighty

  title={The Simplex Algorithm Is NP-Mighty},
  author={Y. Disser and M. Skutella},
  journal={ACM Transactions on Algorithms (TALG)},
  pages={1 - 19}
  • Y. Disser, M. Skutella
  • Published 2019
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • ACM Transactions on Algorithms (TALG)
We show that the Simplex Method, the Network Simplex Method—both with Dantzig’s original pivot rule—and the Successive Shortest Path Algorithm are NP-mighty. That is, each of these algorithms can be used to solve, with polynomial overhead, any problem in NP implicitly during the algorithm’s execution. This result casts a more favorable light on these algorithms’ exponential worst-case running times. Furthermore, as a consequence of our approach, we obtain several novel hardness results. For… Expand
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