ICS Theory Group

ICS 269, Fall 1999: Theory Seminar

15 October 1999:
"Setting Parameters by Example"
Speaker: David Eppstein, ICS, UC Irvine

Abstract: We introduce a class of "inverse parametric optimization" problems, in which one is given both a parametric optimization problem and a desired optimal solution; the task is to determine parameter values that lead to the given solution. We describe algorithms for solving such problems for minimum spanning trees, shortest paths, and other "optimal subgraph" problems, and discuss applications in multicast routing, vehicle path planning, resource allocation, and board game programming.