# Removing Undesirable Flows by Edge Deletion

G. Polevoy, S. Trajanovski, P. Grosso, C. de Laat, in: D. Kim, R.N. Uma, A. Zelikovsky (Eds.), Combinatorial Optimization and Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2018, pp. 217–232.

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Polevoy, GlebLibreCat; Trajanovski, Stojan; Grosso, Paola; de Laat, Cees
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Kim, Donghyun; Uma, R. N.; Zelikovsky, Alexander
Abstract
Consider mitigating the effects of denial of service or of malicious traffic in networks by deleting edges. Edge deletion reduces the DoS or the number of the malicious flows, but it also inadvertently removes some of the desired flows. To model this important problem, we formulate two problems: (1) remove all the undesirable flows while minimizing the damage to the desirable ones and (2) balance removing the undesirable flows and not removing too many of the desirable flows. We prove these problems are equivalent to important theoretical problems, thereby being important not only practically but also theoretically, and very hard to approximate in a general network. We employ reductions to nonetheless approximate the problem and also provide a greedy approximation. When the network is a tree, the problems are still MAX SNP-hard, but we provide a greedy-based 2l-approximation algorithm, where l is the longest desirable flow. We also provide an algorithm, approximating the first and the second problem within {\\$}{\\$}2 {\backslash}sqrt{\{} 2{\backslash}left| E {\backslash}right| {\}}{\\$}{\\$}and {\\$}{\\$}2 {\backslash}sqrt{\{}2 ({\backslash}left| E {\backslash}right| + {\backslash}left| {\backslash}text {\{}undesirable flows{\}} {\backslash}right| ){\}}{\\$}{\\$}, respectively, where E is the set of the edges of the network. We also provide a fixed-parameter tractable (FPT) algorithm. Finally, if the tree has a root such that every flow in the tree flows on the path from the root to a leaf, we solve the problem exactly using dynamic programming.
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Combinatorial Optimization and Applications
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217-232
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Polevoy G, Trajanovski S, Grosso P, de Laat C. Removing Undesirable Flows by Edge Deletion. In: Kim D, Uma RN, Zelikovsky A, eds. Combinatorial Optimization and Applications. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2018:217-232.
Polevoy, G., Trajanovski, S., Grosso, P., & de Laat, C. (2018). Removing Undesirable Flows by Edge Deletion. In D. Kim, R. N. Uma, & A. Zelikovsky (Eds.), Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (pp. 217–232). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
@inproceedings{Polevoy_Trajanovski_Grosso_de Laat_2018, place={Cham}, title={Removing Undesirable Flows by Edge Deletion}, booktitle={Combinatorial Optimization and Applications}, publisher={Springer International Publishing}, author={Polevoy, Gleb and Trajanovski, Stojan and Grosso, Paola and de Laat, Cees}, editor={Kim, Donghyun and Uma, R. N. and Zelikovsky, AlexanderEditors}, year={2018}, pages={217–232} }
Polevoy, Gleb, Stojan Trajanovski, Paola Grosso, and Cees de Laat. “Removing Undesirable Flows by Edge Deletion.” In Combinatorial Optimization and Applications, edited by Donghyun Kim, R. N. Uma, and Alexander Zelikovsky, 217–32. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018.
G. Polevoy, S. Trajanovski, P. Grosso, and C. de Laat, “Removing Undesirable Flows by Edge Deletion,” in Combinatorial Optimization and Applications, 2018, pp. 217–232.
Polevoy, Gleb, et al. “Removing Undesirable Flows by Edge Deletion.” Combinatorial Optimization and Applications, edited by Donghyun Kim et al., Springer International Publishing, 2018, pp. 217–32.

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