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"Relaxation-Based Coarsening and Multiscale Graph Organization"

D. Ron, I. Safro, and A. Brandt

Multiscale Modeling Simulation, vol. 9, no. 1, , pp. 407-423.

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In this paper we generalize and improve the multiscale organization of graphs by introducing a new measure that quantifies the "closeness" between two nodes. The calculation of the measure is linear in the number of edges in the graph and involves just a small number of relaxation sweeps. A similar notion of distance is then calculated and used at each coarser level. We demonstrate the use of this measure in multiscale methods for several important combinatorial optimization problems and discuss the multiscale graph organization.