Linear Transformations Between Dominating Sets in the TAR-Model

Authors Nicolas Bousquet, Alice Joffard, Paul Ouvrard

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Nicolas Bousquet
  • CNRS, LIRIS, Université de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Alice Joffard
  • CNRS, LIRIS, Université de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Paul Ouvrard
  • Univ. Bordeaux, Bordeaux INP, CNRS, LaBRI, UMR5800, 33400 Talence, France

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Nicolas Bousquet, Alice Joffard, and Paul Ouvrard. Linear Transformations Between Dominating Sets in the TAR-Model. In 31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 181, pp. 37:1-37:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)


Given a graph G and an integer k, a token addition and removal (TAR for short) reconfiguration sequence between two dominating sets D_s and D_t of size at most k is a sequence S = ⟨ D₀ = D_s, D₁ …, D_𝓁 = D_t ⟩ of dominating sets of G such that any two consecutive dominating sets differ by the addition or deletion of one vertex, and no dominating set has size bigger than k. We first improve a result of Haas and Seyffarth [R. Haas and K. Seyffarth, 2017], by showing that if k = Γ(G)+α(G)-1 (where Γ(G) is the maximum size of a minimal dominating set and α(G) the maximum size of an independent set), then there exists a linear TAR reconfiguration sequence between any pair of dominating sets. We then improve these results on several graph classes by showing that the same holds for K_𝓁-minor free graph as long as k ≥ Γ(G)+O(𝓁 √(log 𝓁)) and for planar graphs whenever k ≥ Γ(G)+3. Finally, we show that if k = Γ(G)+tw(G)+1, then there also exists a linear transformation between any pair of dominating sets.

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  • Mathematics of computing → Graph algorithms
  • reconfiguration
  • dominating sets
  • addition removal
  • connectivity
  • diameter
  • minor
  • treewidth


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