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Minimum Cuts and Shortest Homologous Cycles
 SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY
, 2009
"... We describe the first algorithms to compute minimum cuts in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, our algorithm computes a minimum (s, t)cut in g O(g) n log n time. Except for the spec ..."
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We describe the first algorithms to compute minimum cuts in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, our algorithm computes a minimum (s, t)cut in g O(g) n log n time. Except for the special case of planar graphs, for which O(n log n)time algorithms have been known for more than 20 years, the best previous time bounds for finding minimum cuts in embedded graphs follow from algorithms for general sparse graphs. A slight generalization of our minimumcut algorithm computes a minimumcost subgraph in every Z2homology class. We also prove that finding a minimumcost subgraph homologous to a single input cycle is NPhard.
Homology flows, cohomology cuts
 ACM SYMPOSIUM ON THEORY OF COMPUTING
, 2009
"... We describe the first algorithms to compute maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Specifically, given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, we can compute a maximum (s, t)flow in O(g 7 n log 2 n log 2 C) time fo ..."
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We describe the first algorithms to compute maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Specifically, given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, we can compute a maximum (s, t)flow in O(g 7 n log 2 n log 2 C) time for integer capacities that sum to C, or in (g log n) O(g) n time for real capacities. Except for the special case of planar graphs, for which an O(n log n)time algorithm has been known for 20 years, the best previous time bounds for maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs follow from algorithms for general sparse graphs. Our key insight is to optimize the relative homology class of the flow, rather than directly optimizing the flow itself. A dual formulation of our algorithm computes the minimumcost cycle or circulation in a given (real or integer) homology class.
Global Minimum Cuts in Surface Embedded Graphs
"... We give a deterministic algorithm to find the minimum cut in a surfaceembedded graph in nearlinear time. Given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, our algorithm computes the minimum cut in g O(g) n log log n time, matching the running time of the fastest algorithm kno ..."
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We give a deterministic algorithm to find the minimum cut in a surfaceembedded graph in nearlinear time. Given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, our algorithm computes the minimum cut in g O(g) n log log n time, matching the running time of the fastest algorithm known for planar graphs, due to Ł ˛acki and Sankowski, for any constant g. Indeed, our algorithm calls Ł ˛acki and Sankowski’s recent O(n log log n) time planar algorithm as a subroutine. Previously, the best time bounds known for this problem followed from two algorithms for general sparse graphs: a randomized algorithm of Karger that runs in O(n log 3 n) time and succeeds with high probability, and a deterministic algorithm of Nagamochi and Ibaraki that runs in O(n 2 log n) time. We can also achieve a deterministic g O(g) n 2 log log n time bound by repeatedly applying the best known algorithm for minimum (s, t)cuts in surface graphs. The bulk of our work focuses on the case where the dual of the minimum cut splits the underlying surface into multiple components with positive genus. 1
FAST ALGORITHMS FOR SURFACE EMBEDDED GRAPHS VIA HOMOLOGY BY
"... We describe several results on combinatorial optimization problems for graphs where the input comes with an embedding on an orientable surface of small genus. While the specific techniques used differ between problems, all the algorithms we describe share one common feature in that they rely on the ..."
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We describe several results on combinatorial optimization problems for graphs where the input comes with an embedding on an orientable surface of small genus. While the specific techniques used differ between problems, all the algorithms we describe share one common feature in that they rely on the algebraic topology construct of homology. We describe algorithms to compute global minimum cuts and count minimum s, tcuts. We describe new algorithms to compute short cycles that are topologically nontrivial. Finally, we describe ongoing work in designing a new algorithm for computing maximum s, tflows in surface embedded graphs. We begin by describing an algorithm to compute global minimum cuts in edge weighted genus g graphs in gO(g)n log log n time. When the genus is a constant, our algorithm’s running time matches the best time bound known for planar graphs due to La̧cki and Sankowski. In our algorithm, we reduce to the problem of finding a minimum weight separating subgraph in the dual