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Algorithmic Graph Minor Theory: Decomposition, Approximation, and Coloring
 In 46th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science
, 2005
"... At the core of the seminal Graph Minor Theory of Robertson and Seymour is a powerful structural theorem capturing the structure of graphs excluding a fixed minor. This result is used throughout graph theory and graph algorithms, but is existential. We develop a polynomialtime algorithm using topolog ..."
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At the core of the seminal Graph Minor Theory of Robertson and Seymour is a powerful structural theorem capturing the structure of graphs excluding a fixed minor. This result is used throughout graph theory and graph algorithms, but is existential. We develop a polynomialtime algorithm using topological graph theory to decompose a graph into the structure guaranteed by the theorem: a cliquesum of pieces almostembeddable into boundedgenus surfaces. This result has many applications. In particular, we show applications to developing many approximation algorithms, including a 2approximation to graph coloring, constantfactor approximations to treewidth and the largest grid minor, combinatorial polylogarithmicapproximation to halfintegral multicommodity flow, subexponential fixedparameter algorithms, and PTASs for many minimization and maximization problems, on graphs excluding a fixed minor. 1.
Linearity of Grid Minors in Treewidth with Applications through Bidimensionality
, 2005
"... We prove that any Hminorfree graph, for a fixed graph H, of treewidth w has an \Omega (w) *\Omega ( w) grid graph as a minor. Thus grid minors suffice to certify that Hminorfree graphs havelarge treewidth, up to constant factors. This strong relationship was previously known for the special cas ..."
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We prove that any Hminorfree graph, for a fixed graph H, of treewidth w has an \Omega (w) *\Omega ( w) grid graph as a minor. Thus grid minors suffice to certify that Hminorfree graphs havelarge treewidth, up to constant factors. This strong relationship was previously known for the special cases of planar graphs and boundedgenus graphs, and is known not to hold for generalgraphs. The approach of this paper can be viewed more generally as a framework for extending combinatorial results on planar graphs to hold on Hminorfree graphs for any fixed H. Ourresult has many combinatorial consequences on bidimensionality theory, parametertreewidth bounds, separator theorems, and bounded local treewidth; each of these combinatorial resultshas several algorithmic consequences including subexponential fixedparameter algorithms and approximation algorithms.
Algorithmic graph minor theory: Improved grid minor bounds and wagnerâ€™s contraction
 Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Distributed Computing and Internet Technology
, 2006
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