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dc.contributor.authorNishimura, Naomi
dc.contributor.authorRagde, Prabhakar
dc.contributor.authorThilikos Touloupas, Dimitrios
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Ciències de la Computació
dc.identifier.citationNishimura, N., Ragde, P., Thilikos, D. "Fast fixed-parameter tractable algorithms for (nontrivial) generalizations of vertex cover". 2001.
dc.description.abstractOur goal in this paper is the development of fast algorithms for recognizing general classes of graphs. We seek algorithms whose complexity can be expressed as a linear function of the graph size plus an exponential function of k, a natural parameter describing the class. In particular, we consider the class W_k(G), where for each graph G in W_k(G), the removal of a set of at most k vertices from G results in a graph in the base graph class G. (If G is the class of edgeless graphs, W_k(G) is the class of graphs with bounded vertex cover.) When G is a minor-closed class such that each graph in G has bounded maximum degree, and all obstructions of G (minor-minimal graphs outside G) are connected, we obtain an O((g+k)|V(G)|+(fk)^k) recognition algorithm for W_k(G), where g and f are constants (modest and quantified) depending on the class G. If G is the class of graphs with maximum degree bounded by D (not closed under minors), we can still obtain a running time of O(|V(G)|(D+k)+k(D+k)^{k+3}) for recognition of graphs in W_k(G). Our results are obtained by considering minor-closed classes for which all obstructions are connected graphs, and showing that the size of any obstruction for W_k(G) is O(tk^7+t^7k^2), where t is a bound on the size of obstructions for G. A trivial corollary of this result is an upper bound of (k+1)(k+2) on the number of vertices in any obstruction of the class of graphs with vertex cover of size at most k. These results are of independent graph-theoretic interest.
dc.format.extent20 p.
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Informàtica::Aplicacions de la informàtica
dc.subject.otherFast algorithms
dc.subject.otherGraphs class recognition
dc.subject.otherGraphs minors
dc.subject.otherVertex covers
dc.titleFast fixed-parameter tractable algorithms for (nontrivial) generalizations of vertex cover
dc.typeExternal research report
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (published version)
local.citation.authorNishimura, N.; Ragde, P.; Thilikos, D.

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