Label setting techniques are all based on Dijkstra's condition of always scanning the node with the minimum label, which guarantees that each node will be scanned exactly once; while this condition is sufficient it is not necessary. In this paper, we discuss less restrictive conditions that allow the scanning of a node that does not have the minimum label, yet still maintaining sufficiency in scanning each node exactly once; various potential shortest path schemes are discussed, based on these conditions. Two approaches, a label setting and a flexible hybrid one are designed and implemented. The performance of the algorithms is assessed both theoretically and computationally. For comparative analysis purposes, three additional shortest path algorithms - the commonly cited in the literature - are coded and tested. The results indicate that the approaches that rely on the less restrictive optimality conditions perform substantially better for a wide range of network topologies.
- Shortest path
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science(all)
- Modeling and Simulation
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Information Systems and Management