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Parameterized Complexity: Exponential SpeedUp for Planar Graph Problems
 in Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity (ECCC
, 2001
"... A parameterized problem is xed parameter tractable if it admits a solving algorithm whose running time on input instance (I; k) is f(k) jIj , where f is an arbitrary function depending only on k. Typically, f is some exponential function, e.g., f(k) = c k for constant c. We describe general techniqu ..."
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A parameterized problem is xed parameter tractable if it admits a solving algorithm whose running time on input instance (I; k) is f(k) jIj , where f is an arbitrary function depending only on k. Typically, f is some exponential function, e.g., f(k) = c k for constant c. We describe general techniques to obtain growth of the form f(k) = c p k for a large variety of planar graph problems. The key to this type of algorithm is what we call the "Layerwise Separation Property" of a planar graph problem. Problems having this property include planar vertex cover, planar independent set, and planar dominating set.