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

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What is the complexity of this weighted b-edge matching problem?

I'm wondering about the complexity of the following variant of the Generalized Weighted b-edge Matching problem: Input: An undirected multigraph $G = (V, E)$ without loops, an edge partition $(E_1,...
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Finding outer face in plane graph (embedded planar graph)

I have a planar graph, for which I have computed a combinatorial embedding and coordinates in the plane. So all my arcs are now oriented in the plane, respective to their end vertices. Computing a ...
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Reference request: Depth- (or Breadth-) first search with hints?

Consider the standard s-t reachability problem of finding a path between nodes $s$ and $t$ in a directed graph $G$. A DFS or BFS could solve it. Would it be possible to pre-process the graph and ...
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Distinguish Graph from Tree using Adjacency Matrix

Given an adjacency matrix, is there a way to determine if the graph will be a tree or a graph (whether or not there is a cycle). For example, given the adjacency matrix: ...
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Best known bounds on feedback arcset in high-girth directed graphs?

I asked this question over at MathOverflow, but thinking about it a little more I think it is a more natural fit here. Let $G$ be a directed graph with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges such that every ...
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Describing graphs in terms of subgraphs

I want to create a graph description language that's based on defining and using parameterized subgraphs as "building blocks", specifying exactly how these blocks connect. My use case is describing ...
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Variation of edge-disjoint spanning trees

In a directed graph, I want to find 2 edge-disjoint spanning trees (arborescence), with the extra restrictions that edges in the 1st tree are not forward arcs in the 2nd tree. Are there existing ...
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Fast Computation of First k Eigenvectors of Graph Laplacian

I'm looking for references for the following; Given the unnormalized Laplacian matrix of a graph $L = D - A, ~ L \in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ Algorithm(s) to efficiently estimate the first $k$ (...
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Sublinear time path existence

Consider a graph $G = (V,E)$ with $N$ edges. Consider two vertices $u_1, v_1 \in V$. We wish to find whether there exists a path of length $4$ between these two vertices or not. This is easy to do in $...
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When can partial spectral sparsifiers be combined?

A few important papers about spectral sparsifiers and friends contain a technical idea that involves building many different sparsifiers that each "partially" solve the problem, and then combining ...
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List of NP-Complete graph problems/ properties?

Is there a good source to find various decision problems on graph and networks? For a project I'm doing it'd be useful to be able to look at lots of different problems. Is there a good source for ...
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Reachability Query for Tree

What is the best complexity for reachability queries on trees so far please? There is no constraint on the directions of the edges in the tree. According to Mikkel Thorup, there is an oracle of size $...
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Problems that are NP-hard to approximate even when the input graph is regular

Are there graph problems which are NP-hard to approximate even when the input graph is regular? For instance, are there optimization problems that are NP-hard to approximate within $O(n^\epsilon)$ ...
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Is Hamiltonian cycle fixed parameter tractable with parameter clique cover?

We conjecture that Hamiltonian cycle is fixed parameter tractable with parameter clique cover, given $k$-clique cover. Let $G$ be connected simple graph. $k$-clique cover of graph $G$ is partition ...
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Known property? Maximum radius of connected induced subgraph

I was wondering if the following graph property has a name and has been researched: Consider any connected induced subgraph $H \subseteq G$. Then $r(G)$ denotes the maximum radius of any such $H$. I ...
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Minimum vertex cover and odd cycles

Suppose we have a graph G without odd cycles. Consider the minimum vertex cover problem of G formulated as a linear programming problem, that is for each vertex $v_{i}$ we have the variable $x_{i}$, ...
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Isomorphic subforest problem

I recently read that the following problem is NP-Complete: Given a tree $T$, and a forest $F$, is there a subgraph of $T$ isomorphic to $F$? The reference provide was to the textbook “Computers and ...
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Consequences of $\oplus \mathbf{P} \subseteq \mathbf{NP}$

I have part of a proof attempt of $\oplus \mathbf{P} \subseteq \mathbf{NP}$. The proof attempt consists of a Karp reduction from the $\oplus \mathbf{P}$-complete problem $\oplus$3-REGULAR VERTEX COVER ...
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How to approach the “traveling salesman problem” with cost changing every time salesman reaches a new city

Let's say instead of finding the shortest path we have to maximize the profit in a year of the salesman under the following constraints. Salesman can go to a different city only on weekends, all ...
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Hardness of finding if a vertex lies on a simple directed path between two vertices

Given a directed graph $G = (V, E)$ and three vertices $u, v, w \in V$. Is it NP-Hard to find whether there is a simple path from $u$ to $v$ passing through $w$? I found a couple of hardness ...
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Reduction graph to planar bounded treewidth and bounded diameter graph

We got reduction graph to planar bounded treewidth graph, but this is unlikely to be true. Let $H$, the planarizing gadget, be planar graph with four distinguished vertices $u,u',v,v'$ on the outer ...
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Is this a known problem, and is it #P-complete?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be an undirected graph. What I call a selection function of $G$ is a partial function $f:V \to E$ such that for every node $v$, if $f(v)$ is defined then it is one of the adjacent edges ...
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Maximum subgraph problem with unknown complexity

Let $Q$ be a polynomial time decidable graph property. In a graph let us call a subgraph $S$ a $Q$-subgraph, if $S$ has the property $Q$. Consider the following optimization problem: Maximum $Q$-...
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Existence of graphs of every order related to Barnette’s conjecture

Consider the class C3CBP of $3$-connected cubic bipartite planar graphs. They form the class on which the (in)famous Barnette’s conjecture is based. My interest in C3CBP graphs is somewhat orthogonal ...
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$NP$-Completeness of $\epsilon$-balanced graph partitioning for fixed $\epsilon$

Consider this graph partitioning problem: Let $G = (V, E)$ be a simple undirected graph and $0 \leq \epsilon \leq 1, M \geq 0$ be constants. Are there disjoint subsets $V_1, V_2$ with $V = V_1 \cup ...
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Complexity of finding an edge set yielding specified vertex degrees

I'm trying to figure out if the following two problems are known in general to be in P or NP-complete: Q1: Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ and integers $d_i,\,1\leq\,i\leq|V|$, does there exist a subset $E'...
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NP-Hardness of 4-cycle packing problem in complete bipartite digraph?

A directed complete bipartite graph is a bipartite graph where there is exactly one directed edge between any two vertices from its two different parts. In other words, it's an orientation of a ...
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Algebraic methods for testing planarity

Mac Lane's planarity criterion states that a graph is planar if and only if it has a cycle basis such that each edge is contained in at most two cycles, we call such a basis a 2-basis. A 2-basis of a ...
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Complexity of finding the largest induced subgraph with all even degrees

What is the complexity of the following problem? Instance: Simple, undirected graph $G$, and a positive integer $k$. Question: Does $G$ have an induced subgraph on at least $k$ vertices, such that ...
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What is the correct definition of $k$-tree?

As the title says, what is the correct definition of $k$-tree? There are several papers that talk about $k$-trees and partial $k$-trees as alternative definitions for graphs with bounded treewidth, ...
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How much does treewidth changes after removal of a path?

Let $G$ be a graph such that $\mathrm{tw}(G)=t$. Let $t' = \min\limits_{u,v \in V(G)} \max\limits_{P \text{ is a path from } u \text{ to } v} \mathrm{tw}(G - P)$. Then how small $t'$ can be? My ...
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Computing the edge orbits of a graph (and discussing definitions)

A (vertex) automorphism in a graph $G=(V,E)$ is a permutation $\sigma$ of the vertices that preserves adjacency, namely $\sigma(u) \sigma(v) \in E$ if and only if $uv \in E$. The automorphisms of a ...
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Lighting up all elements of a poset by toggling upsets

I consider the following game on a finite poset $(P, <)$. At each point of the game, I have a set of elements $S$ of the poset which are "on", and all others are "off". Initially $S = \emptyset$. ...
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Dijkstra parallelization

I'd like to know what is the best method to parallelize the Dijkstra algorithm. Thanks.
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NP-hard problems on paths

everybody knows there exist many decision problems which are NP-hard on general graphs, but I'm interested in problems that are even NP-hard when the underlying graph is a path. So, can you help me to ...
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Breaking cycles in network graph by adding nodes and rerouting edges

I have a quite "common" need : making a directed graph (with one or several cycles) a directed acyclic graph (DAG). But the way I want to achieve it is, I guess, way more specific : I would like to ...
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How hard is it to determine ex(n,G)?

Define the extremal Turán function $ex(n,G)$ of a graph $G$ as the most edges a graph on $n$ vertices can have without having a subgraph that is isomorphic to $G$. This function is known ...
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Vertex Cover applications in the real world

What applications does the Vertex Cover Problem have in the real world? Which industry or research projects use actually implemented software that is based on theoretical results for the Vertex Cover ...
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Find the shortest s-t trail(edge disjoint path) in a graph with negative weight edges

A walk in a graph is a finite or infinite sequence of edges which joins a sequence of vertices. A trail is a walk in which all edges are distinct. Note that a trial may visit a vertex multiple times ...
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Finding simple fixed length paths in directed graphs

Is there an efficient algorithm to enumerate unique simple fixed-length paths (of size $k$) in directed graphs? What would be its time complexity?
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The source of the modular decomposition graph

When introducing graph modular decomposition, most authors use the 11-vertex graph, which I copy from wikipedia. The question is who is (are) the original designer of it. (I'm not asking who drew ...
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Regularity Lemma for Sparse Graphs

Szemeredi's Regularity Lemma says that every dense graph can be approximated as a union of $O(1)$ many bipartite expander graphs. More accurately, there's a partition of most vertices into $O(1)$ sets ...
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Network Reliability Problem

Network reliability, in which we are given an undirected graph $G$ with a failure probability $p_e$ for each edge and we are asked to calculate the probability that the network becomes disconnected ...
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Dividing a complete graph into two cliques with maximal sum of edge weights

Problem: Considering a complete weighted graph $G$ with $n$ vertices, where $n\in2\mathbb Z$ is an even number, remove edges in such a way that you end up with two cliques of graph $G$, each having $\...
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How long does it take to find a short cycle in a random graph?

Let $G \sim G(n, n^{-1/2})$ be a random graph on $\approx n^{3/2}$ edges. With very high probability, $G$ has many $4$-cycles. Our goal is to output any one of these $4$-cycles as quickly as ...
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“Relatives” of the shortest path problem

Consider a connected undirected graph with non-negative edge weights, and two distinguished vertices $s,t$. Below are some path problems that are all of the following form: find an $s-t$ path, such ...
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Enumerating Minimal (a,b) vertex separators in a DAG

A vertex subset $S \subseteq V$ is an $(a,b)$ separator for nonadjacent vertices $a$ and $b$ if the removal of $S$ from a graph $G$ separates $a$ and $b$ into distinct connected components. $S$ is a ...
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Relationship between $O(\log n)$ (bounded) treewidth and H-minor-free

What is the relationship between graphs which have $O(\log n)$ treewidth and $\mathcal{H}$-minor-free graphs? Are graphs which have $O(\log n)$ treewidth $\mathcal{H}$-minor-free? I know that graphs ...
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Generalization of k-Coloring: maximizing the number of vertices with no neighbours of same color

One can consider the following generalization of the $k$-Coloring problem: Let be given a graph $G$ and an two integers $k$ and $p$. A vertex $v$ of $G$ is properly colored if $v$ has no neighbour ...

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