Reachability and distance queries via 2-hop labels

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Reachability and distance queries in graphs are fundamental to numerous applications, ranging from geographic navigation systems to Internet routing. Some of these applications involve huge graphs and yet require fast query answering. We propose a new data structure for representing all distances in a graph. The data structure is distributed in the sense that it may be viewed as assigning labels to the vertices, such that a query involving vertices u and v may be answered using only the labels of u and v. Our labels are based on 2-hop covers of the shortest paths, or of all paths, in a graph. For shortest paths, such a cover is a collection S of shortest paths such that for every two vertices u and v, there is a shortest path from utoi) that is a concatenation of two paths from 5. We describe an efficient algorithm for finding an almost optimal 2-hop cover of a given collection of paths. Our approach is general and can be applied to directed or undirected graphs, exact or approximate shortest paths, or to reachability queries. We study the proposed data structure using a combination of theoretical and experimental means. We implemented our algorithm and checked the size of the resulting data structure on several real-life networks from different application areas. Our experiments show that the total size of the labels is typically not much larger than the network itself, and is usually considerably smaller than an explicit representation of the transitive closure of the network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2002
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)089871513X
StatePublished - 2002
Event13th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2002 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 6 Jan 20028 Jan 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms


Conference13th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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