Faster Exact and Parameterized Algorithm for Feedback Vertex Set in Bipartite Tournaments

Authors Mithilesh Kumar, Daniel Lokshtanov

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Mithilesh Kumar and Daniel Lokshtanov. Faster Exact and Parameterized Algorithm for Feedback Vertex Set in Bipartite Tournaments. In 36th IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 65, pp. 24:1-24:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)


A bipartite tournament is a directed graph T:=(A cup B, E) such that every pair of vertices (a,b), a in A, b in B are connected by an arc, and no arc connects two vertices of A or two vertices of B. A feedback vertex set is a set S of vertices in T such that T - S is acyclic. In this article we consider the Feedback Vertex Set problem in bipartite tournaments. Here the input is a bipartite tournament T on n vertices together with an integer k, and the task is to determine whether T has a feedback vertex set of size at most k. We give a new algorithm for Feedback Vertex Set in Bipartite Tournaments. The running time of our algorithm is upper-bounded by O(1.6181^k + n^{O(1)}), improving over the previously best known algorithm with running time (2^k)k^{O(1)} + n^{O(1)} [Hsiao, ISAAC 2011]. As a by-product, we also obtain the fastest currently known exact exponential-time algorithm for the problem, with running time O(1.3820^n).
  • Parameterized algorithms
  • Exact algorithms
  • Feedback vertex set
  • Tour- naments
  • Bipartite tournaments


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