A Single-Exponential Fixed-Parameter Algorithm for Distance-Hereditary Vertex Deletion

Authors Eduard Eiben, Robert Ganian, O-joung Kwon

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Robert Ganian
O-joung Kwon

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Eduard Eiben, Robert Ganian, and O-joung Kwon. A Single-Exponential Fixed-Parameter Algorithm for Distance-Hereditary Vertex Deletion. In 41st International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 58, pp. 34:1-34:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)


Vertex deletion problems ask whether it is possible to delete at most k vertices from a graph so that the resulting graph belongs to a specified graph class. Over the past years, the parameterized complexity of vertex deletion to a plethora of graph classes has been systematically researched. Here we present the first single-exponential fixed-parameter algorithm for vertex deletion to distance-hereditary graphs, a well-studied graph class which is particularly important in the context of vertex deletion due to its connection to the graph parameter rank-width. We complement our result with matching asymptotic lower bounds based on the exponential time hypothesis.
  • distance-hereditary graphs
  • fixed-parameter algorithms
  • rank-width


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