Beyond-Planarity: Turán-Type Results for Non-Planar Bipartite Graphs

Authors Patrizio Angelini, Michael A. Bekos, Michael Kaufmann, Maximilian Pfister, Torsten Ueckerdt

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Patrizio Angelini
  • Wilhelm-Schickhard-Institut für Informatik, Universität Tübingen, Germany
Michael A. Bekos
  • Wilhelm-Schickhard-Institut für Informatik, Universität Tübingen, Germany
Michael Kaufmann
  • Wilhelm-Schickhard-Institut für Informatik, Universität Tübingen, Germany
Maximilian Pfister
  • Wilhelm-Schickhard-Institut für Informatik, Universität Tübingen, Germany
Torsten Ueckerdt
  • Fakultät für Informatik, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany

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Patrizio Angelini, Michael A. Bekos, Michael Kaufmann, Maximilian Pfister, and Torsten Ueckerdt. Beyond-Planarity: Turán-Type Results for Non-Planar Bipartite Graphs. In 29th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 123, pp. 28:1-28:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


Beyond-planarity focuses on the study of geometric and topological graphs that are in some sense nearly planar. Here, planarity is relaxed by allowing edge crossings, but only with respect to some local forbidden crossing configurations. Early research dates back to the 1960s (e.g., Avital and Hanani 1966) for extremal problems on geometric graphs, but is also related to graph drawing problems where visual clutter due to edge crossings should be minimized (e.g., Huang et al. 2018). Most of the literature focuses on Turán-type problems, which ask for the maximum number of edges a beyond-planar graph can have. Here, we study this problem for bipartite topological graphs, considering several types of beyond-planar graphs, i.e. 1-planar, 2-planar, fan-planar, and RAC graphs. We prove bounds on the number of edges that are tight up to additive constants; some of them are surprising and not along the lines of the known results for non-bipartite graphs. Our findings lead to an improvement of the leading constant of the well-known Crossing Lemma for bipartite graphs, as well as to a number of interesting questions on topological graphs.

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  • Theory of computation → Computational geometry
  • Mathematics of computing → Graph theory
  • Bipartite topological graphs
  • beyond planarity
  • density
  • Crossing Lemma


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