The Dynamic Hungarian Algorithm for the Assignment Problem with Changing Costs

G. Ayorkor Korsah, Anthony (Tony) Stentz, and M Bernardine Dias
tech. report CMU-RI-TR-07-27, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, July, 2007


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Abstract
In this paper, we present the dynamic Hungarian algorithm, applicable to optimally solving the assignment problem in situations with changing edge costs or weights. This problem is relevant, for example, in a transportation domain where the unexpected closing of a road translates to changed transportation costs. When such cost changes occur after an initial assignment has been made, the new problem, like the original problem, may be solved from scratch using the well-known Hungarian algorithm. However, the dynamic version of the algorithm which we present solves the new problem more efficiently by repairing the initial solution obtained before the cost changes. We present proofs of the correctness and efficiency of our algorithm and present simulation results illustrating its efficiency.

Keywords
Assignment problem, Hungarian algorithm, bipartite matching

Notes
Number of pages: 19

Text Reference
G. Ayorkor Korsah, Anthony (Tony) Stentz, and M Bernardine Dias, "The Dynamic Hungarian Algorithm for the Assignment Problem with Changing Costs," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-07-27, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, July, 2007

BibTeX Reference
@techreport{Korsah_2007_5805,
   author = "G. Ayorkor Korsah and Anthony (Tony) Stentz and M Bernardine Dias",
   title = "The Dynamic Hungarian Algorithm for the Assignment Problem with Changing Costs",
   booktitle = "",
   institution = "Robotics Institute",
   month = "July",
   year = "2007",
   number= "CMU-RI-TR-07-27",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",
}