Bidimensioiial parameters and local treewidth

Erik D. Domaine, Fedor V. Fomin, Mohammad Taghi Hajiaghayi, Dimitrios M. Thilikos

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For several graph theoretic parameters such as vertex cover and dominating set, it is known that if their values are bounded by k then the treewidth of the graph is bounded by some function of k. This fact is used as the main tool for the design of several fixed-parameter algorithms on minor-closed graph classes such as planar graphs, single-crossing-minor-free graphs, and graphs of bounded genus. In this paper we examine the question whether similar bounds can be obtained for larger minor-closed graph classes, and for general families of parameters including all the parameters where such a behavior has been reported so far. Given a graph parameter P, we say that a graph family ℱ has the parameter-treewidth property for P if there is a function f(p) such that every graph G ∈ ℱ with parameter at most p has treewidth at most f(p). We prove as our main result that, for a large family of parameters called contraction-bidimensional parameters, a minor-closed graph family ℱ has the parameter-treewidth property if ℱ has bounded local treewidth. We also show "if and only if" for some parameters, and thus this result is in some sense tight. In addition we show that, for a slightly smaller family of parameters called minor-bidimensional parameters, all minor-closed graph families ℱ excluding some fixed graphs have the parameter-treewidth property. The bidimensional parameters include many domination and covering parameters such as vertex cover, feedback vertex set, dominating set, edge-dominating set, q-dominating set (for fixed q). We use these theorems to develop new fixed-parameter algorithms in these contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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