Markov chains, Hamiltonian cycles and volumes of convex bodies

Vivek Borkar, Jerzy Filar

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    In this note the Hamiltonian cycle problem is mapped into an infinite horizon discounted cost constrained Markov decision problem. The occupation measure based linear polytope associated with this control problem defines a convex set which either strictly contains or is equal to another convex set, depending on whether the underlying graph has a Hamiltonian cycle or not. This allows us to distinguish Hamiltonian graphs from non-Hamiltonian graphs by comparing volumes of two convex sets.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)633-639
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Global Optimization
    Issue number3
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2013

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