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Gutin, Gregory ; Ramanujan, M. S. ; Reidl, Felix ; Wahlström, Magnus

Path-Contractions, Edge Deletions and Connectivity Preservation

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We study several problems related to graph modification problems under connectivity constraints from the perspective of parameterized complexity: (Weighted) Biconnectivity Deletion, where we are tasked with deleting k edges while preserving biconnectivity in an undirected graph, Vertexdeletion Preserving Strong Connectivity, where we want to maintain strong connectivity of a digraph while deleting exactly k vertices, and Path-contraction Preserving Strong Connectivity, in which the operation of path contraction on arcs is used instead. The parameterized tractability of this last problem was posed in [Bang-Jensen and Yeo, Discrete Applied Math 2008] as an open question and we answer it here in the negative: both variants of preserving strong connectivity are W[1]-hard. Preserving biconnectivity, on the other hand, turns out to be fixed parameter tractable (FPT) and we provide an FPT algorithm that solves Weighted Biconnectivity Deletion. Further, we show that the unweighted case even admits a randomized polynomial kernel. All our results provide further interesting data points for the systematic study of connectivitypreservation constraints in the parameterized setting.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Gregory Gutin and M. S. Ramanujan and Felix Reidl and Magnus Wahlstr{\"o}m},
  title =	{{Path-Contractions, Edge Deletions and Connectivity Preservation}},
  booktitle =	{25th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2017)},
  pages =	{47:1--47:13},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-049-1},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2017},
  volume =	{87},
  editor =	{Kirk Pruhs and Christian Sohler},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-78270},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2017.47},
  annote =	{Keywords: connectivity, strong connectivity, vertex deletion, arc contraction}

Keywords: connectivity, strong connectivity, vertex deletion, arc contraction
Collection: 25th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2017)
Issue Date: 2017
Date of publication: 01.09.2017

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