Construction Sequences and Certifying 3-Connectedness

Author Jens M. Schmidt

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Jens M. Schmidt. Construction Sequences and Certifying 3-Connectedness. In 27th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science. Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 5, pp. 633-644, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2010)


Given two $3$-connected graphs $G$ and $H$, a \emph{construction sequence} constructs $G$ from $H$ (e.\,g. from the $K_4$) with three basic operations, called the \emph{Barnette-Gr\"unbaum operations}. These operations are known to be able to construct all $3$-connected graphs. We extend this result by identifying every intermediate graph in the construction sequence with a subdivision in $G$ and showing under some minor assumptions that there is still a construction sequence to $G$ when we start from an \emph{arbitrary prescribed} $H$-subdivision. This leads to the first algorithm that computes a construction sequence in time $O(|V(G)|^2)$. As an application, we develop a certificate for the $3$-connectedness of graphs that can be easily computed and verified. Based on this, a certifying test on $3$-connectedness is designed.%Finding certifying algorithms is a major goal for problems where the efficient solutions known are complicated. Tutte proved that every $3$-connected graph on more than $4$ nodes has a \emph{contractible edge}. Barnette and Gr\"unbaum proved the existence of a \emph{removable edge} in the same setting. We show that the sequence of contractions and the sequence of removals from $G$ to the $K_4$ can be computed in $O(|V|^2)$ time by extending Barnette and Gr\"unbaum's theorem. As an application, we derive a certificate for the $3$-connectedness of graphs that can be easily computed and verified.
  • Construction sequence
  • 3-connected graph
  • nested subdivisions
  • inductive characterization
  • 3-connectedness
  • certifying algorithm


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