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1. Minimum cut of a graph is the minimum over all pairs of vertices of the minimum cut for the

pair. Let m be the number of edges and n be the number of vertices, give an O(m2n) algorithm

that finds the minimum cut of a directed strongly connected unweighted graph. (Hint: do just n

max-flows and argue that the max-flow algorithm we have seen in class that works for integer

capacities will cost at most O(m2

) time).

2. We have learned that the minimum number of edges that need to be removed to disconnect a

pair s and t of vertices equals the maximum number of edge disjoint paths between s and t.

Can we make a similar statement about vertices? Specifically, is the following statement true or

false: the minimum number of vertices that need to be removed to disconnect s and t equals the

maximum number of vertex disjoint paths between s and t. Either prove the correctness or give

a counter-example disproving the statement.

3. Take a standard deck of cards, and deal them out into 13 piles of 4 cards each. Show that it is

always possible to select exactly 1 card from each pile, such that the 13 selected cards contain

exactly one card of each rank (Ace, 2, 3, . . . , Queen, King).

4. UCLA hires you to write an algorithm to schedule their final exams. Each quarter, UCLA offers

n different classes. There are r different rooms on campus and t different time slots in which

exams can be offered. You are given two arrays E[1..n] and S[1..r], where E[i] is the number of

students enrolled in the i

th class, and S[ j] is the number of seats in the j

th room. At most one

final exam can be held in each room during each time slot. Class i can hold its final exam in room

j only if E[i] < S[ j]. Describe and analyze an efficient algorithm to assign a room and a time slot
to each class (or report correctly that no such assignment is possible). Formulate the problem as
max-flow problem and argue the correctness of your construction.
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