# Questions tagged [graph-theory]

Graph theory is the study of graphs, mathematical structures used to model pairwise relations between objects.

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### What's the difference between 'theoretical' and 'applied' runtime complexity?

I recently followed a course on complexity theory and according to the professor I got one particular question wrong. The question involved the runtime complexity of checking the correctness of a ...
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### The "branch-depth" parameter and its use in FPT algorithms

Let $P=(v_1,\dots,v_q)$ be an induced path in the undirected graph $G(V,E)$. In [1], the authors define the branch depth of $P$ to be $b(P)=|N_G[\{v_1,\dots,v_{q-1}\}]|-1$. Further, in [1] it is shown ...
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### Random Cerny Conjecture

For simplicity, all DFAs will be using the binary alphabet $\{0,1\}$. Let $M$ be a synchronizable DFA. We let $p(M,n)$ be the probability that a random $x\in \{0,1\}^n$ will synchronize $M$. We define ...
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### Subgraph isomorphism with a tree

If we have a large (directed) graph $G$ and a smaller rooted tree $H$, what is the best known complexity for finding subgraphs of $G$ isomorphic to $H$? I am aware of results for subtree isomorphism ...
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### The tree augmentation problem, but with hyperlinks

In the (Weighted) Tree Augmentation Problem, we are given a tree $T = (V,E)$ and a set of additional edges $L$ called links with non-negative costs. Each link $\ell = (u,v)$ covers the tree edges ...
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### Complexity of optimal elimination for a planar tensor network

Edit Dec 15 it's not obvious this problem is tractable when further restricting to trees, see cs.SE question Suppose we need to sum out variables in a tensor network (a factor graph where each ...
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### Conjectures implying Four Color Theorem

Four Color Theorem (4CT) states that every planar graph is four colorable. There are two proofs given by [Appel,Haken 1976] and [Robertson,Sanders,Seymour,Thomas 1997]. Both these proofs are computer-...
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### Is there FPT or XP algorithms knowm for Shortest Steiner cycle and $(a,b)$-Steiner path problem

Shortest Steiner cycle and $(a,b)$-Steiner path problem are generalizations of optimization versions of Hamiltonian cycle and Hamiltonian path problems. The Shortest Steiner cycle problem is defined ...
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### Is there an FPT or XP algorithm known for this version of $k$-edge disjoint paths problem?

The shortest $k$-edge disjoint paths problem is defined as follows: Input: An undirected graph $G=(V,E)$ and $k$ pairs of vertices $(s_1,t_1),\ldots,(s_k,t_k)$. Question: Find (if exist) $k$-pairwise ...
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### Cheapest Insertion is $2$-approximation for TSP

Consider the Cheapest Insertion Algorithm on a complete graph with $n$ vertices, where each edge $uv$ has a weight $w(uv)$, and the weights satisfy the triangle inequality $w(xz)\leq w(xy)+w(yz)$ for ...
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### Separation oracle for breaking cycles in directed graph

I am working on a directed graph problem and am collaterally interested to know whether there is a separation oracle for the following set of linear constraints. We are given a directed graph $G$ ...
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### Tensor network contraction "bubbling": why are some approaches more computationally efficient than others (question from a beginner)

I am learning the very basics of tensor network theory and I am trying to understand why some ways to contract tensors are better than others in terms of computational complexity. Knowing in which ...
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### Is there an MMSNP formula for 3-colouring?

By MMSNP, I mean Monotone Monadic SNP without inequality. For $k\in\mathbb{N}$, the problem $k$-COLOURABILITY takes a graph $G$ as input and asks whether $G$ is $k$-colourable. It is well-known that ...
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### Locally bijective homomorphism between locally-H graphs

Graphs in this question are finite, simple and undirected. For a fixed graph $H$, a graph $G$ is said to be locally-$H$ if for every vertex $v$ of $G$, the neighbourhood of $v$ in $G$ induces $H$ (i.e....
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### Does the Christofides algorithm ensure this inequality?

Let $(X,d)$ be a finite metric space. Let $C$ be a Hamiltonian cycle (over $X$) outputted by Christofide's algorithm. Also, let $K$ be a minimum spanning tree. I am aware that Christofide's algorithm ...
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### On infinite bipartite graphs with no infinite rays

I'm working on a problem in logic and it reduces to proving that a certain infinite graph is connected. The graph has the following properties: It is bipartite It is not necessarily finite (or ...
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### Generating Graphs with Trivial Automorphisms

I'm revising some cryptographic model. To show its inadequacy, I've devised a contrived protocol based on graph isomorphism. It is "commonplace" (yet controversial!) to assume the existence ...
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### Axioms for Shortest Paths

Suppose we have an undirected weighted graph $G = (V, E, w)$ (with non-negative weights). Let us assume that all shortest paths in $G$ are unique. Suppose we have these $\binom{n}{2}$ paths (sequences ...
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### Upper Bound for distance-two chromatic number in terms of maximum degree

Let us consider simple,finite, undirected graphs. A distance-two colouring of a graph $G$ is a fuction $f:V(G)\to\{1,2,\dots\}$ such that $f(u)\neq f(v)$ whenever $dist_G(u,v)\leq 2$. A distance-two ...
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### Three questions about the LPA* algorithm

I have a few questions about the LPA* algorithm, I think I know the answers to most of these questions, but I just wanted to be sure. Here is the pseudocode for reference: and here is the link to the ...
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### Is there a standard axiomatization of graph width parameters?

There are many useful graph properties described as "width parameters" that show up in algorithm analysis (especially for FPT-type algorithms). The most famous example is probably treewidth,...
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### Name for set of vertices that are pairwise within distance two

A 2-stable set (or a distance-two independent set) of a graph $G$ is a set of vertices which are pairwise at a distance greater than 2 in $G$. Is there a name for a set of vertices which are pairwise ...
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### Breaking ties in A* to produce same path as D*lite

What tie breaking criteria do I need to implement in A* to mimic exactly the same behaviour as D* lite. Ofcourse both algorithms use the same heuristic and cost functions. So basically if I run A* ...
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### Existing results around approximation of minimum 2-edge connected Steiner subgraph

Problem $1$: minimum 2-edge connected subgraph We are given a $2$-edge connected undirected graph $G(V,E)$, and we are asked to find a $\textit{spanning}$ subgraph $H$, with minimum number of edges, ...
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### Reducing counting minimal vertex covers to counting minimum cardinality vertex covers

Consider two problems. Problem 1: Given a graph $G = (V, E)$, find the number of minimum cardinality vertex covers of $G$. Problem 2: Given a graph $G = (V, E)$, find the number of minimal vertex ...
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### Is there a poly-time algorithm to compute the drawing of a simple graph (need not be planar) in a 2D-plane such that any two edges cross at most once?

Does there exists a ploynomial time algorithm to embed a simple graph(need not be planar) in a plane satisfying the following conditions? No edge touches vertices other than its end vertices. At any ...
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### Easier famility of graphs for MAXCUT [closed]

I would like to know if there are particular family of graphs for which the Goemans-Williamson MAXCUT Approximation Algorithm renders higher than 0.878 approximation ratio. TIA
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