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Faster Algorithms for the Shortest Path Problem

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February 1988
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We investigate efficient implementations of Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm. We propose a new data structure, called the redistributive heap, for use in this algorithm. On a network with n vertices, m edges, and nonnegative integer arc costs bounded by C, a one-level form of redistributive heap gives a
time bound for Dijkstra's algorithm of O(m + n log C). A two-level form of redistributive heap gives a bound of O(m+n log C/log log C). A combination of a redistributive heap and a previously known data structure called a Fibonacci heap gives a bound of O(m+n sqrtlog C). The best previously known bounds
are O(m+n log n) using Fibonacci heaps alone and O(m log log C) using the priority queue structure of Van Emde Boas, Kaas and Zijlstra.

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