Dispersing Obnoxious Facilities on a Graph

Alexander Grigoriev, Tim A. Hartmann, Stefan Lendl, Gerhard J. Woeginger*

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We study a continuous facility location problem on a graph where all edges have unit length and where the facilities may also be positioned in the interior of the edges. The goal is to position as many facilities as possible subject to the condition that any two facilities have at least distance delta from each other. We investigate the complexity of this problem in terms of the rational parameter delta. The problem is polynomially solvable, if the numerator of delta is 1 or 2, while all other cases turn out to be NP-hard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1734-1749
Number of pages16
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

JEL classifications

  • c00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods: General
  • c02 - Mathematical Methods


  • Algorithms
  • Facility location
  • Complexity
  • Optimization
  • Graph theory

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