# Learning to Prune Instances of Steiner Tree Problem in Graphs

arXiv (Cornell University)（2022）

Abstract

We consider the Steiner tree problem on graphs where we are given a set of nodes and the goal is to find a tree sub-graph of minimum weight that contains all nodes in the given set, potentially including additional nodes. This is a classical NP-hard combinatorial optimisation problem. In recent years, a machine learning framework called learning-to-prune has been successfully used for solving a diverse range of combinatorial optimisation problems. In this paper, we use this learning framework on the Steiner tree problem and show that even on this problem, the learning-to-prune framework results in computing near-optimal solutions at a fraction of the time required by commercial ILP solvers. Our results underscore the potential of the learning-to-prune framework in solving various combinatorial optimisation problems.

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steiner tree problem,prune instances,graphs,learning

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