Since Hamiltonian Cycle Problem is an NP-complete problem, it is at least as difficult as any other NP problem. Hence, instances of other NP problems can, in polynomial time, be converted into equivalent instances of HCP, and a valid Hamiltonian cycle in the resultant instance can, again in polynomial time, be converted into a valid solution of the initial problem. If the resultant instance of HCP is non-Hamiltonian then the initial instance has no solution either.
Problems converted in this way are often relatively difficult instances of HCP by comparison to size. However, the underlying difficulty of the initial instance is, in some sense, retained as well.
On this page we include source code (in Java) for converting some NP problems to HCP, and also for interpreting found Hamiltonian cycles in the context of the initial problems. We also include a few examples for each problem.
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