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Arc Diagrams, Flip Distances, and Hamiltonian Triangulations

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Abstract

We show that every triangulation (maximal planar graph) on n\ge 6 vertices can be flipped into a Hamiltonian triangulation using a sequence of less than n/2 combinatorial edge flips. The previously best upper bound uses 4-connectivity as a means to establish Hamiltonicity. But in general about 3n/5 flips are necessary to reach a 4-connected triangulation. Our result improves the upper bound on the diameter of the flip graph of combinatorial triangulations on n vertices from 5.2n-33.6 to 5n-23. We also show that for every triangulation on n vertices there is a simultaneous flip of less than 2n/3 edges to a 4-connected triangulation. The bound on the number of edges is tight, up to an additive constant. As another application we show that every planar graph on n vertices admits an arc diagram with less than n/2 biarcs, that is, after subdividing less than n/2 (of potentially 3n-6) edges the resulting graph admits a 2-page book embedding.

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@InProceedings{cardinal_et_al:LIPIcs:2015:4914,
  author =	{Jean Cardinal and Michael Hoffmann and Vincent Kusters and Csaba D. T{\'o}th and Manuel Wettstein},
  title =	{{Arc Diagrams, Flip Distances, and Hamiltonian Triangulations}},
  booktitle =	{32nd International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2015)},
  pages =	{197--210},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-78-1},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2015},
  volume =	{30},
  editor =	{Ernst W. Mayr and Nicolas Ollinger},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2015/4914},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-49141},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2015.197},
  annote =	{Keywords: graph embeddings, edge flips, flip graph, separating triangles}
}

Keywords: graph embeddings, edge flips, flip graph, separating triangles
Seminar: 32nd International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2015)
Issue date: 2015
Date of publication: 2015


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