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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 283, 34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023)

Maximal Common Subsequences (MCSs) between two strings X and Y are subsequences of both X and Y that are maximal under inclusion. MCSs relax and generalize the well known and widely used concept of Longest Common Subsequences (LCSs), which can be seen as MCSs of maximum length. While the number both LCSs and MCSs can be exponential in the length of the strings, LCSs have been long exploited for string and text analysis, as simple compact representations of all LCSs between two strings, built via dynamic programming or automata, have been known since the '70s. MCSs appear to have a more challenging structure: even listing them efficiently was an open problem open until recently, thus narrowing the complexity difference between the two problems, but the gap remained significant. In this paper we close the complexity gap: we show how to build DAG of polynomial size - in polynomial time - which allows for efficient operations on the set of all MCSs such as enumeration in Constant Amortized Time per solution (CAT), counting, and random access to the i-th element (i.e., rank and select operations). Other than improving known algorithmic results, this work paves the way for new sequence analysis methods based on MCSs.

Alessio Conte, Roberto Grossi, Giulia Punzi, and Takeaki Uno. A Compact DAG for Storing and Searching Maximal Common Subsequences. In 34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 283, pp. 21:1-21:15, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{conte_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.21, author = {Conte, Alessio and Grossi, Roberto and Punzi, Giulia and Uno, Takeaki}, title = {{A Compact DAG for Storing and Searching Maximal Common Subsequences}}, booktitle = {34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023)}, pages = {21:1--21:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-289-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {283}, editor = {Iwata, Satoru and Kakimura, Naonori}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.21}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-193231}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.21}, annote = {Keywords: Maximal common subsequence, DAG, Compact data structures, Enumeration, Constant amortized time, Random access} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 242, 22nd International Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics (WABI 2022)

Molecular phylogenetics is a fundamental branch of biology. It studies the evolutionary relationships among the individuals of a population through their biological sequences, and may provide insights about the origin and the evolution of viral diseases, or highlight complex evolutionary trajectories.
In this paper we develop a method called phyBWT, describing how to use the extended Burrows-Wheeler Transform (eBWT) for a collection of DNA sequences to directly reconstruct phylogeny, bypassing the alignment against a reference genome or de novo assembly. Our phyBWT hinges on the combinatorial properties of the eBWT positional clustering framework. We employ eBWT to detect relevant blocks of the longest shared substrings of varying length (unlike the k-mer-based approaches that need to fix the length k a priori), and build a suitable decomposition leading to a phylogenetic tree, step by step. As a result, phyBWT is a new alignment-, assembly-, and reference-free method that builds a partition tree without relying on the pairwise comparison of sequences, thus avoiding to use a distance matrix to infer phylogeny.
The preliminary experimental results on sequencing data show that our method can handle datasets of different types (short reads, contigs, or entire genomes), producing trees of quality comparable to that found in the benchmark phylogeny.

Veronica Guerrini, Alessio Conte, Roberto Grossi, Gianni Liti, Giovanna Rosone, and Lorenzo Tattini. phyBWT: Alignment-Free Phylogeny via eBWT Positional Clustering. In 22nd International Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics (WABI 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 242, pp. 23:1-23:19, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{guerrini_et_al:LIPIcs.WABI.2022.23, author = {Guerrini, Veronica and Conte, Alessio and Grossi, Roberto and Liti, Gianni and Rosone, Giovanna and Tattini, Lorenzo}, title = {{phyBWT: Alignment-Free Phylogeny via eBWT Positional Clustering}}, booktitle = {22nd International Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics (WABI 2022)}, pages = {23:1--23:19}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-243-3}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {242}, editor = {Boucher, Christina and Rahmann, Sven}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.WABI.2022.23}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-170577}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.WABI.2022.23}, annote = {Keywords: Phylogeny, partition tree, BWT, positional cluster, alignment-free, reference-free, assembly-free} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 223, 33rd Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (CPM 2022)

Let Substr_k(X) denote the set of length-k substrings of a given string X for a given integer k > 0. We study the following basic string problem, called z-Shortest 𝒮_k-Equivalent Strings: Given a set 𝒮_k of n length-k strings and an integer z > 0, list z shortest distinct strings T₁,…,T_z such that Substr_k(T_i) = 𝒮_k, for all i ∈ [1,z]. The z-Shortest 𝒮_k-Equivalent Strings problem arises naturally as an encoding problem in many real-world applications; e.g., in data privacy, in data compression, and in bioinformatics. The 1-Shortest 𝒮_k-Equivalent Strings, referred to as Shortest 𝒮_k-Equivalent String, asks for a shortest string X such that Substr_k(X) = 𝒮_k.
Our main contributions are summarized below:
- Given a directed graph G(V,E), the Directed Chinese Postman (DCP) problem asks for a shortest closed walk that visits every edge of G at least once. DCP can be solved in 𝒪̃(|E||V|) time using an algorithm for min-cost flow. We show, via a non-trivial reduction, that if Shortest 𝒮_k-Equivalent String over a binary alphabet has a near-linear-time solution then so does DCP.
- We show that the length of a shortest string output by Shortest 𝒮_k-Equivalent String is in 𝒪(k+n²). We generalize this bound by showing that the total length of z shortest strings is in 𝒪(zk+zn²+z²n). We derive these upper bounds by showing (asymptotically tight) bounds on the total length of z shortest Eulerian walks in general directed graphs.
- We present an algorithm for solving z-Shortest 𝒮_k-Equivalent Strings in 𝒪(nk+n²log²n+zn²log n+|output|) time. If z = 1, the time becomes 𝒪(nk+n²log²n) by the fact that the size of the input is Θ(nk) and the size of the output is 𝒪(k+n²).

Giulia Bernardini, Alessio Conte, Esteban Gabory, Roberto Grossi, Grigorios Loukides, Solon P. Pissis, Giulia Punzi, and Michelle Sweering. On Strings Having the Same Length- k Substrings. In 33rd Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (CPM 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 223, pp. 16:1-16:17, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{bernardini_et_al:LIPIcs.CPM.2022.16, author = {Bernardini, Giulia and Conte, Alessio and Gabory, Esteban and Grossi, Roberto and Loukides, Grigorios and Pissis, Solon P. and Punzi, Giulia and Sweering, Michelle}, title = {{On Strings Having the Same Length- k Substrings}}, booktitle = {33rd Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (CPM 2022)}, pages = {16:1--16:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-234-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {223}, editor = {Bannai, Hideo and Holub, Jan}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CPM.2022.16}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-161439}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CPM.2022.16}, annote = {Keywords: string algorithms, combinatorics on words, de Bruijn graph, Chinese Postman} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 170, 45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020)

Temporal graphs are graphs in which arcs have temporal labels, specifying at which time they can be traversed. Motivated by recent results concerning the reliability analysis of a temporal graph through the enumeration of minimal cutsets in the corresponding line graph, in this paper we attack the problem of enumerating minimal s-d separators in s-d directed acyclic graphs (in short, s-d DAGs), also known as 2-terminal DAGs or s-t digraphs. Our main result is an algorithm for enumerating all the minimal s-d separators in a DAG with O(nm) delay, where n and m are respectively the number of nodes and arcs, and the delay is the time between the output of two consecutive solutions. To this aim, we give a characterization of the minimal s-d separators in a DAG through vertex cuts of an expanded version of the DAG itself. As a consequence of our main result, we provide an algorithm for enumerating all the minimal s-d cutsets in a temporal graph with delay O(m³), where m is the number of temporal arcs.

Alessio Conte, Pierluigi Crescenzi, Andrea Marino, and Giulia Punzi. Enumeration of s-d Separators in DAGs with Application to Reliability Analysis in Temporal Graphs. In 45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 170, pp. 25:1-25:14, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{conte_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.25, author = {Conte, Alessio and Crescenzi, Pierluigi and Marino, Andrea and Punzi, Giulia}, title = {{Enumeration of s-d Separators in DAGs with Application to Reliability Analysis in Temporal Graphs}}, booktitle = {45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020)}, pages = {25:1--25:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-159-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {170}, editor = {Esparza, Javier and Kr\'{a}l', Daniel}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.25}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-126932}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.25}, annote = {Keywords: minimal cutset, temporal graph, minimal separator, directed acyclic graph} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 161, 31st Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (CPM 2020)

A k-anticover of a string x is a set of pairwise distinct factors of x of equal length k, such that every symbol of x is contained into an occurrence of at least one of those factors. The existence of a k-anticover can be seen as a notion of non-redundancy, which has application in computational biology, where they are associated with various non-regulatory mechanisms. In this paper we address the complexity of the problem of finding a k-anticover of a string x if it exists, showing that the decision problem is NP-complete on general strings for k ≥ 3. We also show that the problem admits a polynomial-time solution for k=2. For unbounded k, we provide an exact exponential algorithm to find a k-anticover of a string of length n (or determine that none exists), which runs in O*(min {3^{(n-k)/3)}, ((k(k+1))/2)^{n/(k+1)) time using polynomial space.

Mai Alzamel, Alessio Conte, Shuhei Denzumi, Roberto Grossi, Costas S. Iliopoulos, Kazuhiro Kurita, and Kunihiro Wasa. Finding the Anticover of a String. In 31st Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (CPM 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 161, pp. 2:1-2:11, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{alzamel_et_al:LIPIcs.CPM.2020.2, author = {Alzamel, Mai and Conte, Alessio and Denzumi, Shuhei and Grossi, Roberto and Iliopoulos, Costas S. and Kurita, Kazuhiro and Wasa, Kunihiro}, title = {{Finding the Anticover of a String}}, booktitle = {31st Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (CPM 2020)}, pages = {2:1--2:11}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-149-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {161}, editor = {G{\o}rtz, Inge Li and Weimann, Oren}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CPM.2020.2}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-121270}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CPM.2020.2}, annote = {Keywords: Anticover, String algorithms, Stringology, NP-complete} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 138, 44th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2019)

This paper investigates induced Steiner subgraphs as a variant of the classical Steiner trees, so as to compactly represent the (exponentially many) Steiner trees sharing the same underlying induced subgraph. We prove that the enumeration of all (inclusion-minimal) induced Steiner subgraphs is harder than the well-known Hypergraph Transversal enumeration problem if the number of terminals is not fixed. When the number of terminals is fixed, we propose a polynomial delay algorithm for listing all induced Steiner subgraphs of minimum size. We also propose a polynomial delay algorithm for listing the set of minimal induced Steiner subgraphs when the number of terminals is 3.

Alessio Conte, Roberto Grossi, Mamadou Moustapha Kanté, Andrea Marino, Takeaki Uno, and Kunihiro Wasa. Listing Induced Steiner Subgraphs as a Compact Way to Discover Steiner Trees in Graphs. In 44th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 138, pp. 73:1-73:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{conte_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2019.73, author = {Conte, Alessio and Grossi, Roberto and Kant\'{e}, Mamadou Moustapha and Marino, Andrea and Uno, Takeaki and Wasa, Kunihiro}, title = {{Listing Induced Steiner Subgraphs as a Compact Way to Discover Steiner Trees in Graphs}}, booktitle = {44th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2019)}, pages = {73:1--73:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-117-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {138}, editor = {Rossmanith, Peter and Heggernes, Pinar and Katoen, Joost-Pieter}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2019.73}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-110174}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2019.73}, annote = {Keywords: Graph algorithms, enumeration, listing and counting, Steiner trees, induced subgraphs} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 117, 43rd International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2018)

We investigate a decomposition technique for listing problems in graphs and set systems. It is based on the Cartesian product of some iterators, which list the solutions of simpler problems. Our ideas applies to several problems, and we illustrate one of them in depth, namely, listing all minimum spanning trees of a weighted graph G. Here iterators over the spanning trees for unweighted graphs can be obtained by a suitable modification of the listing algorithm by [Shioura et al., SICOMP 1997], and the decomposition of G is obtained by suitably partitioning its edges according to their weights. By combining these iterators in a Cartesian product scheme that employs Gray coding, we give the first algorithm which lists all minimum spanning trees of G in constant delay, where the delay is the time elapsed between any two consecutive outputs. Our solution requires polynomial preprocessing time and uses polynomial space.

Alessio Conte, Roberto Grossi, Andrea Marino, Romeo Rizzi, and Luca Versari. Listing Subgraphs by Cartesian Decomposition. In 43rd International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 117, pp. 84:1-84:16, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{conte_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2018.84, author = {Conte, Alessio and Grossi, Roberto and Marino, Andrea and Rizzi, Romeo and Versari, Luca}, title = {{Listing Subgraphs by Cartesian Decomposition}}, booktitle = {43rd International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2018)}, pages = {84:1--84:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-086-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {117}, editor = {Potapov, Igor and Spirakis, Paul and Worrell, James}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2018.84}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-96666}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2018.84}, annote = {Keywords: Graph algorithms, listing, minimum spanning trees, constant delay} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 92, 28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2017)

Finding communities in the form of cohesive subgraphs is a fundamental problem in network analysis. In domains that model networks as undirected graphs, communities are generally associated with dense subgraphs, and many community models have been proposed.
Maximal cliques are arguably the most widely studied among such models, with early works dating back to the '60s, and a continuous stream of research up to the present. In domains that model networks as directed graphs, several approaches for community detection have been proposed, but there seems to be no clear model of cohesive subgraph, i.e., of what a community should look like. We extend the fundamental model of clique to directed graphs, adding the natural constraint of strong connectivity within the clique. We characterize the problem by giving a tight bound for the number of such cliques in a graph, and highlighting useful structural properties. We then exploit these properties to produce the first algorithm with polynomial delay for enumerating maximal strongly connected cliques.

Alessio Conte, Mamadou Moustapha Kanté, Takeaki Uno, and Kunihiro Wasa. On Maximal Cliques with Connectivity Constraints in Directed Graphs. In 28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 92, pp. 23:1-23:13, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)

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@InProceedings{conte_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2017.23, author = {Conte, Alessio and Kant\'{e}, Mamadou Moustapha and Uno, Takeaki and Wasa, Kunihiro}, title = {{On Maximal Cliques with Connectivity Constraints in Directed Graphs}}, booktitle = {28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2017)}, pages = {23:1--23:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-054-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2017}, volume = {92}, editor = {Okamoto, Yoshio and Tokuyama, Takeshi}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2017.23}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-82284}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2017.23}, annote = {Keywords: Enumeration algorithms, Bounded delay, Directed graphs, Community structure, Network analytics} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 55, 43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016)

Due to the sheer size of real-world networks, delay and space become quite relevant measures for the cost of enumeration in network analytics. This paper presents efficient algorithms for listing maximum cliques in networks, providing the first sublinear-space bounds with guaranteed delay per enumerated clique, thus comparing favorably with the known literature.

Alessio Conte, Roberto Grossi, Andrea Marino, and Luca Versari. Sublinear-Space Bounded-Delay Enumeration for Massive Network Analytics: Maximal Cliques. In 43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 55, pp. 148:1-148:15, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{conte_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.148, author = {Conte, Alessio and Grossi, Roberto and Marino, Andrea and Versari, Luca}, title = {{Sublinear-Space Bounded-Delay Enumeration for Massive Network Analytics: Maximal Cliques}}, booktitle = {43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016)}, pages = {148:1--148:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-013-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {55}, editor = {Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Mitzenmacher, Michael and Rabani, Yuval and Sangiorgi, Davide}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.148}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-62927}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.148}, annote = {Keywords: Enumeration algorithms, maximal cliques, network mining and analytics, reverse search, space efficiency} }

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