Faster Exploration of Some Temporal Graphs

Authors Duncan Adamson, Vladimir V. Gusev, Dmitriy Malyshev, Viktor Zamaraev

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Duncan Adamson
  • Department of Computer Science, Reykjavik University, Iceland
Vladimir V. Gusev
  • Materials Innovation Factory, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool
Dmitriy Malyshev
  • Laboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Network Analysis, HSE University, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation
Viktor Zamaraev
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK

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Duncan Adamson, Vladimir V. Gusev, Dmitriy Malyshev, and Viktor Zamaraev. Faster Exploration of Some Temporal Graphs. In 1st Symposium on Algorithmic Foundations of Dynamic Networks (SAND 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 221, pp. 5:1-5:10, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


A temporal graph G = (G_1, G_2, ..., G_T) is a graph represented by a sequence of T graphs over a common set of vertices, such that at the i-th time step only the edge set E_i is active. The temporal graph exploration problem asks for a shortest temporal walk on some temporal graph visiting every vertex. We show that temporal graphs with n vertices can be explored in O(k n^{1.5} log n) days if the underlying graph has treewidth k and in O(n^{1.75} log n) days if the underlying graph is planar. Furthermore, we show that any temporal graph whose underlying graph is a cycle with k chords can be explored in at most 6kn days. Finally, we demonstrate that there are temporal realisations of sub cubic planar graphs that cannot be explored faster than in Ω(n log n) days. All these improve best known results in the literature.

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  • Mathematics of computing → Paths and connectivity problems
  • Temporal Graphs
  • Graph Exploration


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