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Tight bounds for linkages in planar graphs
"... The DisjointPaths Problem asks, given a graph G and a set of pairs of terminals (s1,t1),...,(sk,tk), whether there is a collection of k pairwise vertexdisjoint paths linking si and ti, for i =1,...,k. In their f(k) · n 3 algorithm for this problem, Robertson and Seymour introduced the irrelevant ..."
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The DisjointPaths Problem asks, given a graph G and a set of pairs of terminals (s1,t1),...,(sk,tk), whether there is a collection of k pairwise vertexdisjoint paths linking si and ti, for i =1,...,k. In their f(k) · n 3 algorithm for this problem, Robertson and Seymour introduced the irrelevant vertex technique according to which in every instance of treewidth greater than g(k) there is an “irrelevant” vertex whose removal creates an equivalent instance of the problem. This fact is based on the celebrated Unique Linkage Theorem, whose – very technical – proof gives a function g(k) that is responsible for an immense parameter dependence in the running time of the algorithm. In this paper we prove this result for planar graphs achieving g(k) =2 O(k). Our bound is radically better than the bounds known for general graphs. Moreover, our proof is new and selfcontained, and it strongly exploits the combinatorial properties of planar graphs. We also prove that our result is optimal, in the sense that the function g(k) cannot become better than exponential. Our results suggest that any algorithm for the DisjointPaths Problem that runs in time better than 2 2o(k) · n O(1) will probably require drastically different ideas from those in the irrelevant vertex technique.
Irrelevant Vertices for the Planar Disjoint Paths Problem
, 2013
"... The Disjoint Paths Problem asks, given a graph G and a set of pairs of terminals (s1, t1),..., (sk, tk), whether there is a collection of k pairwise vertexdisjoint paths linking si and ti, for i = 1,..., k. In their f(k) · n3 algorithm for this problem, Robertson and Seymour introduced the irrelev ..."
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The Disjoint Paths Problem asks, given a graph G and a set of pairs of terminals (s1, t1),..., (sk, tk), whether there is a collection of k pairwise vertexdisjoint paths linking si and ti, for i = 1,..., k. In their f(k) · n3 algorithm for this problem, Robertson and Seymour introduced the irrelevant vertex technique according to which in every instance of treewidth greater than g(k) there is an “irrelevant ” vertex whose removal creates an equivalent instance of the problem. This fact is based on the celebrated Unique Linkage Theorem, whose – very technical – proof gives a function g(k) that is responsible for an immense parameter dependence in the running time of the algorithm. In this paper we prove this result for planar graphs achieving g(k) = 26 ·k3/2 · 2k. Our bound is radically better than the bounds known for general graphs. Moreover, our proof is new and selfcontained, and it strongly exploits the combinatorial properties of planar graphs.
A Polynomialtime Algorithm for Outerplanar Diameter Improvement∗
, 2014
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