Formalizing the Edmonds-Karp Algorithm

Peter Lammich 📧 and S. Reza Sefidgar

August 12, 2016

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We present a formalization of the Ford-Fulkerson method for computing the maximum flow in a network. Our formal proof closely follows a standard textbook proof, and is accessible even without being an expert in Isabelle/HOL--- the interactive theorem prover used for the formalization. We then use stepwise refinement to obtain the Edmonds-Karp algorithm, and formally prove a bound on its complexity. Further refinement yields a verified implementation, whose execution time compares well to an unverified reference implementation in Java. This entry is based on our ITP-2016 paper with the same title.


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Session EdmondsKarp_Maxflow