This is the `msgsteiner`

code for the Prize-collecting Steiner Tree Problem on graphs (PCST). The PCST is a straightforward generalization of the famous Steiner Tree Problem on Graphs, which simply put, asks to find the cheapest way to connect a subset of nodes on a graph. Precisely, the PCST problem is defined as follows: given a graph `\(G=(V,E)\)`

, a link *cost* function `\(\omega:E\to\mathbb R_{>0}\)`

and a node *prize* function `\(p:V\to \mathbb R\)`

, find the tree `\(T=(V_T,E_T)\)`

minimizing

`\[H(T)=\sum_{e\in E_T} \omega(e) - \sum_{i\in V_T} p(i).\]`

The *Minimum Steiner Tree* problem [1] can be seen as a particular case in which for a set `\(K\)`

called *terminals*, `\(p(i)=L, i\in K\)`

, `\(p(i)=0, i\notin K\)`

for a large enough constant `\(L\)`

. It is NP-Hard. For `\(K=V\)`

, the problem becomes the standard (and polynomial) *Minimum Spanning Tree* problem. In this limit, it can be proved that the message-passing equations are exact [2].

We studied an “arborescent” variant of the PCST problem: a “*root*” node and a bound to the maximum distance `\(D\)`

from any node in the tree to the root are also given as inputs. For finite `\(D\)`

, even the spanning tree version (with all nodes as terminals) is NP-Hard! Nevertheless, Max-Sum (the T=0 version of Belief Propagation) seems to give an excellent heuristics on random and benchmark instances.

Check out the README text file inside the .tgz archive.

The PCST problem (and this algorithm) can be used to unveil hidden functional networks in the context of cell signaling [3].

More about the PCST: [4] [5], PSB’14

- Bayati, M, Borgs, C, Braunstein, A, Chayes, J, Ramezanpour, A, and Zecchina, R, 2008, “Statistical Mechanics of Steiner Trees”
*Phys. Rev. Lett.***101**(3) 037208, http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.037208. - Bayati, M, Braunstein, A, and Zecchina, R, 2008, “A rigorous analysis of the cavity equations for the minimum spanning tree”
*Journal of Mathematical Physics***49**(12) 125206, http://link.aip.org/link/?JMP/49/125206/1. - Bailly-Bechet, M, Borgs, C, Braunstein, A, Chayes, J, Dagkessamanskaia, A, François, J-M, and Zecchina, R, 2011, “Finding undetected protein associations in cell signaling by belief propagation”
*PNAS***108**(2) 882–887, http://www.pnas.org/content/108/2/882. - Biazzo, I, Braunstein, A, and Zecchina, R, 2012, “Performance of a cavity-method-based algorithm for the prize-collecting Steiner tree problem on graphs”
*Phys. Rev. E***86**026706, http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevE.86.026706. - Tuncbag, N, Braunstein, A, Pagnani, A, Huang, S-S C, Chayes, J, Borgs, C, Zecchina, R, and Fraenkel, E, 2012, “Simultaneous Reconstruction of Multiple Signaling Pathways via the Prize-Collecting Steiner Forest Problem,” in
*Research in Computational Molecular Biology*Ed B Chor Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer Berlin Heidelberg), pp 287–301, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29627-7_31.