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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 248, 33rd International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2022)

A path is isometric if it is a shortest path between its endpoints. In this article, we consider the graph covering problem Isometric Path Cover, where we want to cover all the vertices of the graph using a minimum-size set of isometric paths. Although this problem has been considered from a structural point of view (in particular, regarding applications to pursuit-evasion games), it is little studied from the algorithmic perspective. We consider Isometric Path Cover on chordal graphs, and show that the problem is NP-hard for this class. On the positive side, for chordal graphs, we design a 4-approximation algorithm and an FPT algorithm for the parameter solution size. The approximation algorithm is based on a reduction to the classic path covering problem on a suitable directed acyclic graph obtained from a breadth first search traversal of the graph. The approximation ratio of our algorithm is 3 for interval graphs and 2 for proper interval graphs. Moreover, we extend the analysis of our approximation algorithm to k-chordal graphs (graphs whose induced cycles have length at most k) by showing that it has an approximation ratio of k+7 for such graphs, and to graphs of treelength at most 𝓁, where the approximation ratio is at most 6𝓁+2.

Dibyayan Chakraborty, Antoine Dailly, Sandip Das, Florent Foucaud, Harmender Gahlawat, and Subir Kumar Ghosh. Complexity and Algorithms for ISOMETRIC PATH COVER on Chordal Graphs and Beyond. In 33rd International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 248, pp. 12:1-12:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{chakraborty_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2022.12, author = {Chakraborty, Dibyayan and Dailly, Antoine and Das, Sandip and Foucaud, Florent and Gahlawat, Harmender and Ghosh, Subir Kumar}, title = {{Complexity and Algorithms for ISOMETRIC PATH COVER on Chordal Graphs and Beyond}}, booktitle = {33rd International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2022)}, pages = {12:1--12:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-258-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {248}, editor = {Bae, Sang Won and Park, Heejin}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2022.12}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-172974}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2022.12}, annote = {Keywords: Shortest paths, Isometric path cover, Chordal graph, Interval graph, AT-free graph, Approximation algorithm, FPT algorithm, Treewidth, Chordality, Treelength} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 248, 33rd International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2022)

Cops and Robber is a well-studied two-player pursuit-evasion game played on a graph, where a group of cops tries to capture the robber. The cop number of a graph is the minimum number of cops required to capture the robber. We show that the cop number of a string graph is at most 13, improving upon a result of Gavenčiak et al. [Eur. J. of Comb. 72, 45-69 (2018)]. Using similar techniques, we also show that four cops have a winning strategy for a variant of Cops and Robber, named Fully Active Cops and Robber, on planar graphs, addressing an open question of Gromovikov et al. [Austr. J. Comb. 76(2), 248-265 (2020)].

Sandip Das and Harmender Gahlawat. On the Cop Number of String Graphs. In 33rd International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 248, pp. 45:1-45:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{das_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2022.45, author = {Das, Sandip and Gahlawat, Harmender}, title = {{On the Cop Number of String Graphs}}, booktitle = {33rd International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2022)}, pages = {45:1--45:18}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-258-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {248}, editor = {Bae, Sang Won and Park, Heejin}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2022.45}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-173308}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2022.45}, annote = {Keywords: Cop number, string graphs, intersection graphs, planar graphs, pursuit-evasion games} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 181, 31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020)

We study the complexity of finding the geodetic number on subclasses of planar graphs and chordal graphs. A set S of vertices of a graph G is a geodetic set if every vertex of G lies in a shortest path between some pair of vertices of S. The Minimum Geodetic Set (MGS) problem is to find a geodetic set with minimum cardinality of a given graph. The problem is known to remain NP-hard on bipartite graphs, chordal graphs, planar graphs and subcubic graphs. We first study MGS on restricted classes of planar graphs: we design a linear-time algorithm for MGS on solid grids, improving on a 3-approximation algorithm by Chakraborty et al. (CALDAM, 2020) and show that MGS remains NP-hard even for subcubic partial grids of arbitrary girth. This unifies some results in the literature. We then turn our attention to chordal graphs, showing that MGS is fixed parameter tractable for inputs of this class when parameterized by their treewidth (which equals the clique number minus one). This implies a linear-time algorithm for k-trees, for fixed k. Then, we show that MGS is NP-hard on interval graphs, thereby answering a question of Ekim et al. (LATIN, 2012). As interval graphs are very constrained, to prove the latter result we design a rather sophisticated reduction technique to work around their inherent linear structure.

Dibyayan Chakraborty, Sandip Das, Florent Foucaud, Harmender Gahlawat, Dimitri Lajou, and Bodhayan Roy. Algorithms and Complexity for Geodetic Sets on Planar and Chordal Graphs. In 31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 181, pp. 7:1-7:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{chakraborty_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2020.7, author = {Chakraborty, Dibyayan and Das, Sandip and Foucaud, Florent and Gahlawat, Harmender and Lajou, Dimitri and Roy, Bodhayan}, title = {{Algorithms and Complexity for Geodetic Sets on Planar and Chordal Graphs}}, booktitle = {31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020)}, pages = {7:1--7:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-173-3}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {181}, editor = {Cao, Yixin and Cheng, Siu-Wing and Li, Minming}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2020.7}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-133516}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2020.7}, annote = {Keywords: Geodetic set, Planar graph, Chordal graph, Interval graph, FPT algorithm} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 149, 30th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2019)

We present a linear time algorithm for the weighted k-center problem on trees for fixed k. This partially settles the long-standing question about the lower bound on the time complexity of the problem. The current time complexity of the best-known algorithm for the problem with k as part of the input is O(n log n) by Wang et al. [Haitao Wang and Jingru Zhang, 2018]. Whether an O(n) time algorithm exists for arbitrary k is still open.

Binay Bhattacharya, Sandip Das, and Subhadeep Ranjan Dev. The Weighted k-Center Problem in Trees for Fixed k. In 30th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 149, pp. 27:1-27:11, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{bhattacharya_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2019.27, author = {Bhattacharya, Binay and Das, Sandip and Dev, Subhadeep Ranjan}, title = {{The Weighted k-Center Problem in Trees for Fixed k}}, booktitle = {30th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2019)}, pages = {27:1--27:11}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-130-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {149}, editor = {Lu, Pinyan and Zhang, Guochuan}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2019.27}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-115238}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2019.27}, annote = {Keywords: facility location, prune and search, parametric search, k-center problem, conditional k-center problem, trees} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 53, 15th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2016)

We present two improved algorithms for weighted discrete p-center problem for tree networks with n vertices. One of our proposed algorithms runs in O(n*log(n) + p*log^2(n) * log(n/p)) time. For all values of p, our algorithm thus runs as fast as or faster than the most efficient O(n*log^2(n)) time algorithm obtained by applying Cole's [1987] speed-up technique to the algorithm due to Megiddo and Tamir [1983], which has remained unchallenged for nearly 30 years.
Our other algorithm, which is more practical, runs in O(n*log(n) + p^2*log^2(n/p)) time, and when p=O(sqrt(n)) it is faster than Megiddo and Tamir's O(n*log^2(n) * log(log(n))) time algorithm [1983].

Aritra Banik, Binay Bhattacharya, Sandip Das, Tsunehiko Kameda, and Zhao Song. The p-Center Problem in Tree Networks Revisited. In 15th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 53, pp. 6:1-6:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{banik_et_al:LIPIcs.SWAT.2016.6, author = {Banik, Aritra and Bhattacharya, Binay and Das, Sandip and Kameda, Tsunehiko and Song, Zhao}, title = {{The p-Center Problem in Tree Networks Revisited}}, booktitle = {15th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2016)}, pages = {6:1--6:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-011-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {53}, editor = {Pagh, Rasmus}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SWAT.2016.6}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-60296}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SWAT.2016.6}, annote = {Keywords: Facility location, p-center, parametric search, tree network, sorting network} }

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