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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 289, 41st International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2024)

We revisit the recent polynomial-time algorithm for the Max Weight Independent Set (MWIS) problem in bounded-degree graphs that do not contain a fixed graph whose every component is a subdivided claw as an induced subgraph [Abrishami, Chudnovsky, Dibek, Rzążewski, SODA 2022].
First, we show that with an arguably simpler approach we can obtain a faster algorithm with running time n^{𝒪(Δ²)}, where n is the number of vertices of the instance and Δ is the maximum degree. Then we combine our technique with known results concerning tree decompositions and provide a polynomial-time algorithm for MWIS in graphs excluding a fixed graph whose every component is a subdivided claw as an induced subgraph, and a fixed biclique as a subgraph.

Tara Abrishami, Maria Chudnovsky, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Paweł Rzążewski. Max Weight Independent Set in Sparse Graphs with No Long Claws. In 41st International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2024). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 289, pp. 4:1-4:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2024)

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@InProceedings{abrishami_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2024.4, author = {Abrishami, Tara and Chudnovsky, Maria and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Rz\k{a}\.{z}ewski, Pawe{\l}}, title = {{Max Weight Independent Set in Sparse Graphs with No Long Claws}}, booktitle = {41st International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2024)}, pages = {4:1--4:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-311-9}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2024}, volume = {289}, editor = {Beyersdorff, Olaf and Kant\'{e}, Mamadou Moustapha and Kupferman, Orna and Lokshtanov, Daniel}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2024.4}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-197148}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2024.4}, annote = {Keywords: Max Weight Independent Set, subdivided claw, hereditary classes} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 285, 18th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2023)

Constraint satisfaction problems form a nicely behaved class of problems that lends itself to complexity classification results. From the point of view of parameterized complexity, a natural task is to classify the parameterized complexity of MinCSP problems parameterized by the number of unsatisfied constraints. In other words, we ask whether we can delete at most k constraints, where k is the parameter, to get a satisfiable instance. In this work, we take a step towards classifying the parameterized complexity for an important infinite-domain CSP: Allen’s interval algebra (IA). This CSP has closed intervals with rational endpoints as domain values and employs a set A of 13 basic comparison relations such as "precedes" or "during" for relating intervals. IA is a highly influential and well-studied formalism within AI and qualitative reasoning that has numerous applications in, for instance, planning, natural language processing and molecular biology. We provide an FPT vs. W[1]-hard dichotomy for MinCSP(Γ) for all Γ ⊆ A. IA is sometimes extended with unions of the relations in A or first-order definable relations over A, but extending our results to these cases would require first solving the parameterized complexity of Directed Symmetric Multicut, which is a notorious open problem. Already in this limited setting, we uncover connections to new variants of graph cut and separation problems. This includes hardness proofs for simultaneous cuts or feedback arc set problems in directed graphs, as well as new tractable cases with algorithms based on the recently introduced flow augmentation technique. Given the intractability of MinCSP(A) in general, we then consider (parameterized) approximation algorithms. We first show that MinCSP(A) cannot be polynomial-time approximated within any constant factor and continue by presenting a factor-2 fpt-approximation algorithm. Once again, this algorithm has its roots in flow augmentation.

Konrad K. Dabrowski, Peter Jonsson, Sebastian Ordyniak, George Osipov, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Roohani Sharma. Parameterized Complexity Classification for Interval Constraints. In 18th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 285, pp. 11:1-11:19, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{dabrowski_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2023.11, author = {Dabrowski, Konrad K. and Jonsson, Peter and Ordyniak, Sebastian and Osipov, George and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Sharma, Roohani}, title = {{Parameterized Complexity Classification for Interval Constraints}}, booktitle = {18th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2023)}, pages = {11:1--11:19}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-305-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {285}, editor = {Misra, Neeldhara and Wahlstr\"{o}m, Magnus}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2023.11}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-194306}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2023.11}, annote = {Keywords: (minimum) constraint satisfaction problem, Allen’s interval algebra, parameterized complexity, cut problems} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 249, 17th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2022)

In this paper, we introduce a new class of parameterized problems, which we call XALP: the class of all parameterized problems that can be solved in f(k)n^O(1) time and f(k)log n space on a non-deterministic Turing Machine with access to an auxiliary stack (with only top element lookup allowed). Various natural problems on "tree-structured graphs" are complete for this class: we show that List Coloring and All-or-Nothing Flow parameterized by treewidth are XALP-complete. Moreover, Independent Set and Dominating Set parameterized by treewidth divided by log n, and Max Cut parameterized by cliquewidth are also XALP-complete.
Besides finding a "natural home" for these problems, we also pave the road for future reductions. We give a number of equivalent characterisations of the class XALP, e.g., XALP is the class of problems solvable by an Alternating Turing Machine whose runs have tree size at most f(k)n^O(1) and use f(k)log n space. Moreover, we introduce "tree-shaped" variants of Weighted CNF-Satisfiability and Multicolor Clique that are XALP-complete.

Hans L. Bodlaender, Carla Groenland, Hugo Jacob, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Michał Pilipczuk. On the Complexity of Problems on Tree-Structured Graphs. In 17th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 249, pp. 6:1-6:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{bodlaender_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2022.6, author = {Bodlaender, Hans L. and Groenland, Carla and Jacob, Hugo and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Pilipczuk, Micha{\l}}, title = {{On the Complexity of Problems on Tree-Structured Graphs}}, booktitle = {17th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2022)}, pages = {6:1--6:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-260-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {249}, editor = {Dell, Holger and Nederlof, Jesper}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2022.6}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-173626}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2022.6}, annote = {Keywords: Parameterized Complexity, Treewidth, XALP, XNLP} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 244, 30th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2022)

We confirm a conjecture of Gartland and Lokshtanov [arXiv:2007.08761]: if for a hereditary graph class 𝒢 there exists a constant k such that no member of 𝒢 contains a k-creature as an induced subgraph or a k-skinny-ladder as an induced minor, then there exists a polynomial p such that every G ∈ 𝒢 contains at most p(|V(G)|) minimal separators. By a result of Fomin, Todinca, and Villanger [SIAM J. Comput. 2015] the latter entails the existence of polynomial-time algorithms for Maximum Weight Independent Set, Feedback Vertex Set and many other problems, when restricted to an input graph from 𝒢. Furthermore, as shown by Gartland and Lokshtanov, our result implies a full dichotomy of hereditary graph classes defined by a finite set of forbidden induced subgraphs into tame (admitting a polynomial bound of the number of minimal separators) and feral (containing infinitely many graphs with exponential number of minimal separators).

Jakub Gajarský, Lars Jaffke, Paloma T. Lima, Jana Novotná, Marcin Pilipczuk, Paweł Rzążewski, and Uéverton S. Souza. Taming Graphs with No Large Creatures and Skinny Ladders. In 30th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 244, pp. 58:1-58:8, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{gajarsky_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2022.58, author = {Gajarsk\'{y}, Jakub and Jaffke, Lars and Lima, Paloma T. and Novotn\'{a}, Jana and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Rz\k{a}\.{z}ewski, Pawe{\l} and Souza, U\'{e}verton S.}, title = {{Taming Graphs with No Large Creatures and Skinny Ladders}}, booktitle = {30th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2022)}, pages = {58:1--58:8}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-247-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {244}, editor = {Chechik, Shiri and Navarro, Gonzalo and Rotenberg, Eva and Herman, Grzegorz}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2022.58}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-169969}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2022.58}, annote = {Keywords: Minimal separator, hereditary graph class} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 229, 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)

We revisit recent developments for the Maximum Weight Independent Set problem in graphs excluding a subdivided claw S_{t,t,t} as an induced subgraph [Chudnovsky, Pilipczuk, Pilipczuk, Thomassé, SODA 2020] and provide a subexponential-time algorithm with improved running time 2^𝒪(√nlog n) and a quasipolynomial-time approximation scheme with improved running time 2^𝒪(ε^{-1} log⁵ n).
The Gyárfás' path argument, a powerful tool that is the main building block for many algorithms in P_t-free graphs, ensures that given an n-vertex P_t-free graph, in polynomial time we can find a set P of at most t-1 vertices, such that every connected component of G-N[P] has at most n/2 vertices. Our main technical contribution is an analog of this result for S_{t,t,t}-free graphs: given an n-vertex S_{t,t,t}-free graph, in polynomial time we can find a set P of 𝒪(t log n) vertices and an extended strip decomposition (an appropriate analog of the decomposition into connected components) of G-N[P] such that every particle (an appropriate analog of a connected component to recurse on) of the said extended strip decomposition has at most n/2 vertices.

Konrad Majewski, Tomáš Masařík, Jana Novotná, Karolina Okrasa, Marcin Pilipczuk, Paweł Rzążewski, and Marek Sokołowski. Max Weight Independent Set in Graphs with No Long Claws: An Analog of the Gyárfás' Path Argument. In 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 229, pp. 93:1-93:19, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{majewski_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.93, author = {Majewski, Konrad and Masa\v{r}{\'\i}k, Tom\'{a}\v{s} and Novotn\'{a}, Jana and Okrasa, Karolina and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Rz\k{a}\.{z}ewski, Pawe{\l} and Soko{\l}owski, Marek}, title = {{Max Weight Independent Set in Graphs with No Long Claws: An Analog of the Gy\'{a}rf\'{a}s' Path Argument}}, booktitle = {49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)}, pages = {93:1--93:19}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-235-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {229}, editor = {Boja\'{n}czyk, Miko{\l}aj and Merelli, Emanuela and Woodruff, David P.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.93}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-164343}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.93}, annote = {Keywords: Max Independent Set, subdivided claw, QPTAS, subexponential-time algorithm} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 214, 16th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2021)

At IPEC 2020, Bergougnoux, Bonnet, Brettell, and Kwon (Close Relatives of Feedback Vertex Set Without Single-Exponential Algorithms Parameterized by Treewidth, IPEC 2020, LIPIcs vol. 180, pp. 3:1-3:17) showed that a number of problems related to the classic Feedback Vertex Set (FVS) problem do not admit a 2^{o(k log k)} ⋅ n^{𝒪(1)}-time algorithm on graphs of treewidth at most k, assuming the Exponential Time Hypothesis. This contrasts with the 3^{k} ⋅ k^{𝒪(1)} ⋅ n-time algorithm for FVS using the Cut&Count technique.
During their live talk at IPEC 2020, Bergougnoux et al. posed a number of open questions, which we answer in this work.
- Subset Even Cycle Transversal, Subset Odd Cycle Transversal, Subset Feedback Vertex Set can be solved in time 2^{𝒪(k log k)} ⋅ n in graphs of treewidth at most k. This matches a lower bound for Even Cycle Transversal of Bergougnoux et al. and improves the polynomial factor in some of their upper bounds.
- Subset Feedback Vertex Set and Node Multiway Cut can be solved in time 2^{𝒪(k log k)} ⋅ n, if the input graph is given as a cliquewidth expression of size n and width k.
- Odd Cycle Transversal can be solved in time 4^k ⋅ k^{𝒪(1)} ⋅ n if the input graph is given as a cliquewidth expression of size n and width k. Furthermore, the existence of a constant ε > 0 and an algorithm performing this task in time (4-ε)^k ⋅ n^{𝒪(1)} would contradict the Strong Exponential Time Hypothesis. A common theme of the first two algorithmic results is to represent connectivity properties of the current graph in a state of a dynamic programming algorithm as an auxiliary forest with 𝒪(k) nodes. This results in a 2^{𝒪(k log k)} bound on the number of states for one node of the tree decomposition or cliquewidth expression and allows to compare two states in k^{𝒪(1)} time, resulting in linear time dependency on the size of the graph or the input cliquewidth expression.

Hugo Jacob, Thomas Bellitto, Oscar Defrain, and Marcin Pilipczuk. Close Relatives (Of Feedback Vertex Set), Revisited. In 16th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 214, pp. 21:1-21:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{jacob_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2021.21, author = {Jacob, Hugo and Bellitto, Thomas and Defrain, Oscar and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, title = {{Close Relatives (Of Feedback Vertex Set), Revisited}}, booktitle = {16th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2021)}, pages = {21:1--21:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-216-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {214}, editor = {Golovach, Petr A. and Zehavi, Meirav}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2021.21}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-154049}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2021.21}, annote = {Keywords: feedback vertex set, treewidth, cliquewidth} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 214, 16th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2021)

The Metric Dimension problem asks for a minimum-sized resolving set in a given (unweighted, undirected) graph G. Here, a set S ⊆ V(G) is resolving if no two distinct vertices of G have the same distance vector to S. The complexity of Metric Dimension in graphs of bounded treewidth remained elusive in the past years. Recently, Bonnet and Purohit [IPEC 2019] showed that the problem is W[1]-hard under treewidth parameterization. In this work, we strengthen their lower bound to show that Metric Dimension is NP-hard in graphs of treewidth 24.

Shaohua Li and Marcin Pilipczuk. Hardness of Metric Dimension in Graphs of Constant Treewidth. In 16th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 214, pp. 24:1-24:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{li_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2021.24, author = {Li, Shaohua and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, title = {{Hardness of Metric Dimension in Graphs of Constant Treewidth}}, booktitle = {16th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2021)}, pages = {24:1--24:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-216-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {214}, editor = {Golovach, Petr A. and Zehavi, Meirav}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2021.24}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-154071}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2021.24}, annote = {Keywords: Graph algorithms, parameterized complexity, width parameters, NP-hard} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 187, 38th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2021)

Given a graph G = (V,E) and an integer k, the Cluster Editing problem asks whether we can transform G into a union of vertex-disjoint cliques by at most k modifications (edge deletions or insertions). In this paper, we study the following variant of Cluster Editing. We are given a graph G = (V,E), a packing ℋ of modification-disjoint induced P₃s (no pair of P₃s in H share an edge or non-edge) and an integer 𝓁. The task is to decide whether G can be transformed into a union of vertex-disjoint cliques by at most 𝓁+|H| modifications (edge deletions or insertions). We show that this problem is NP-hard even when 𝓁 = 0 (in which case the problem asks to turn G into a disjoint union of cliques by performing exactly one edge deletion or insertion per element of H) and when each vertex is in at most 23 P₃s of the packing. This answers negatively a question of van Bevern, Froese, and Komusiewicz (CSR 2016, ToCS 2018), repeated by C. Komusiewicz at Shonan meeting no. 144 in March 2019. We then initiate the study to find the largest integer c such that the problem remains tractable when restricting to packings such that each vertex is in at most c packed P₃s. Van Bevern et al. showed that the case c = 1 is fixed-parameter tractable with respect to 𝓁 and we show that the case c = 2 is solvable in |V|^{2𝓁 + O(1)} time.

Shaohua Li, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Manuel Sorge. Cluster Editing Parameterized Above Modification-Disjoint P₃-Packings. In 38th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 187, pp. 49:1-49:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{li_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2021.49, author = {Li, Shaohua and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Sorge, Manuel}, title = {{Cluster Editing Parameterized Above Modification-Disjoint P₃-Packings}}, booktitle = {38th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2021)}, pages = {49:1--49:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-180-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {187}, editor = {Bl\"{a}ser, Markus and Monmege, Benjamin}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2021.49}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-136945}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2021.49}, annote = {Keywords: Graph algorithms, fixed-parameter tractability, parameterized complexity} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 180, 15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020)

LIPIcs, Volume 180, IPEC 2020, Complete Volume

15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 180, pp. 1-498, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@Proceedings{cao_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2020, title = {{LIPIcs, Volume 180, IPEC 2020, Complete Volume}}, booktitle = {15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020)}, pages = {1--498}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-172-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {180}, editor = {Cao, Yixin and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2020}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-133022}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2020}, annote = {Keywords: LIPIcs, Volume 180, IPEC 2020, Complete Volume} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 180, 15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020)

Front Matter, Table of Contents, Preface, Conference Organization

15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 180, pp. 0:i-0:xviii, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{cao_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.0, author = {Cao, Yixin and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, title = {{Front Matter, Table of Contents, Preface, Conference Organization}}, booktitle = {15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020)}, pages = {0:i--0:xviii}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-172-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {180}, editor = {Cao, Yixin and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.0}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-133035}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.0}, annote = {Keywords: Front Matter, Table of Contents, Preface, Conference Organization} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 180, 15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020)

This year’s Parameterized Algorithms and Computational Experiments challenge (PACE 2020) was devoted to the problem of computing the treedepth of a given graph. Altogether 51 participants from 20 teams, 12 countries and 3 continents submitted their implementations to the competition.
In this report, we describe the setup of the challenge, the selection of benchmark instances and the ranking of the participating teams. We also briefly discuss the approaches used in the submitted solvers and the differences in their performance on our benchmark dataset.

Łukasz Kowalik, Marcin Mucha, Wojciech Nadara, Marcin Pilipczuk, Manuel Sorge, and Piotr Wygocki. The PACE 2020 Parameterized Algorithms and Computational Experiments Challenge: Treedepth. In 15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 180, pp. 37:1-37:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{kowalik_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.37, author = {Kowalik, {\L}ukasz and Mucha, Marcin and Nadara, Wojciech and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Sorge, Manuel and Wygocki, Piotr}, title = {{The PACE 2020 Parameterized Algorithms and Computational Experiments Challenge: Treedepth}}, booktitle = {15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020)}, pages = {37:1--37:18}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-172-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {180}, editor = {Cao, Yixin and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.37}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-133404}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.37}, annote = {Keywords: computing treedepth, contest, implementation challenge, FPT} }

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

The notion of forbidden-transition graphs allows for a robust generalization of walks in graphs. In a forbidden-transition graph, every pair of edges incident to a common vertex is permitted or forbidden; a walk is compatible if all pairs of consecutive edges on the walk are permitted. Forbidden-transition graphs and related models have found applications in a variety of fields, such as routing in optical telecommunication networks, road networks, and bio-informatics.
We initiate the study of fundamental connectivity problems from the point of view of parameterized complexity, including an in-depth study of tractability with regards to various graph-width parameters. Among several results, we prove that finding a simple compatible path between given endpoints in a forbidden-transition graph is W[1]-hard when parameterized by the vertex-deletion distance to a linear forest (so it is also hard when parameterized by pathwidth or treewidth). On the other hand, we show an algebraic trick that yields tractability when parameterized by treewidth of finding a properly colored Hamiltonian cycle in an edge-colored graph; properly colored walks in edge-colored graphs is one of the most studied special cases of compatible walks in forbidden-transition graphs.

Thomas Bellitto, Shaohua Li, Karolina Okrasa, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Manuel Sorge. The Complexity of Connectivity Problems in Forbidden-Transition Graphs And Edge-Colored Graphs. In 31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 181, pp. 59:1-59:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{bellitto_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2020.59, author = {Bellitto, Thomas and Li, Shaohua and Okrasa, Karolina and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Sorge, Manuel}, title = {{The Complexity of Connectivity Problems in Forbidden-Transition Graphs And Edge-Colored Graphs}}, booktitle = {31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020)}, pages = {59:1--59:15}, 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.2020.59}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-134036}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2020.59}, annote = {Keywords: Graph algorithms, fixed-parameter tractability, parameterized complexity} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 144, 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019)

We consider the k-Median problem on planar graphs: given an edge-weighted planar graph G, a set of clients C subseteq V(G), a set of facilities F subseteq V(G), and an integer parameter k, the task is to find a set of at most k facilities whose opening minimizes the total connection cost of clients, where each client contributes to the cost with the distance to the closest open facility. We give two new approximation schemes for this problem:
- FPT Approximation Scheme: for any epsilon>0, in time 2^{O(k epsilon^{-3} log (k epsilon^{-1}))}* n^O(1) we can compute a solution that has connection cost at most (1+epsilon) times the optimum, with high probability.
- Efficient Bicriteria Approximation Scheme: for any epsilon>0, in time 2^{O(epsilon^{-5} log (epsilon^{-1}))}* n^O(1) we can compute a set of at most (1+epsilon)k facilities whose opening yields connection cost at most (1+epsilon) times the optimum connection cost for opening at most k facilities, with high probability.
As a direct corollary of the second result we obtain an EPTAS for Uniform Facility Location on planar graphs, with same running time.
Our main technical tool is a new construction of a "coreset for facilities" for k-Median in planar graphs: we show that in polynomial time one can compute a subset of facilities F_0 subseteq F of size k * (log n/epsilon)^O(epsilon^{-3}) with a guarantee that there is a (1+epsilon)-approximate solution contained in F_0.

Vincent Cohen-Addad, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Michał Pilipczuk. Efficient Approximation Schemes for Uniform-Cost Clustering Problems in Planar Graphs. In 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 144, pp. 33:1-33:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{cohenaddad_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2019.33, author = {Cohen-Addad, Vincent and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Pilipczuk, Micha{\l}}, title = {{Efficient Approximation Schemes for Uniform-Cost Clustering Problems in Planar Graphs}}, booktitle = {27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019)}, pages = {33:1--33:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-124-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {144}, editor = {Bender, Michael A. and Svensson, Ola and Herman, Grzegorz}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2019.33}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-111543}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2019.33}, annote = {Keywords: k-Median, Facility Location, Planar Graphs, Approximation Scheme} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 144, 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019)

Treedepth, a more restrictive graph width parameter than treewidth and pathwidth, plays a major role in the theory of sparse graph classes. We show that there exists a constant C such that for every integers a,b >= 2 and a graph G, if the treedepth of G is at least Cab log a, then the treewidth of G is at least a or G contains a subcubic (i.e., of maximum degree at most 3) tree of treedepth at least b as a subgraph.
As a direct corollary, we obtain that every graph of treedepth Omega(k^3 log k) is either of treewidth at least k, contains a subdivision of full binary tree of depth k, or contains a path of length 2^k. This improves the bound of Omega(k^5 log^2 k) of Kawarabayashi and Rossman [SODA 2018].
We also show an application for approximation algorithms of treedepth: given a graph G of treedepth k and treewidth t, one can in polynomial time compute a treedepth decomposition of G of width O(kt log^{3/2} t). This improves upon a bound of O(kt^2 log t) stemming from a tradeoff between known results.
The main technical ingredient in our result is a proof that every tree of treedepth d contains a subcubic subtree of treedepth at least d * log_3 ((1+sqrt{5})/2).

Wojciech Czerwiński, Wojciech Nadara, and Marcin Pilipczuk. Improved Bounds for the Excluded-Minor Approximation of Treedepth. In 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 144, pp. 34:1-34:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{czerwinski_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2019.34, author = {Czerwi\'{n}ski, Wojciech and Nadara, Wojciech and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, title = {{Improved Bounds for the Excluded-Minor Approximation of Treedepth}}, booktitle = {27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019)}, pages = {34:1--34:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-124-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {144}, editor = {Bender, Michael A. and Svensson, Ola and Herman, Grzegorz}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2019.34}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-111557}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2019.34}, annote = {Keywords: treedepth, excluded minor} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 144, 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019)

The celebrated Erdős-Pósa theorem states that every undirected graph that does not admit a family of k vertex-disjoint cycles contains a feedback vertex set (a set of vertices hitting all cycles in the graph) of size O(k log k). After being known for long as Younger’s conjecture, a similar statement for directed graphs has been proven in 1996 by Reed, Robertson, Seymour, and Thomas. However, in their proof, the dependency of the size of the feedback vertex set on the size of vertex-disjoint cycle packing is not elementary.
We show that if we compare the size of a minimum feedback vertex set in a directed graph with quarter-integral cycle packing number, we obtain a polynomial bound. More precisely, we show that if in a directed graph G there is no family of k cycles such that every vertex of G is in at most four of the cycles, then there exists a feedback vertex set in G of size O(k^4). On the way there we prove a more general result about quarter-integral packing of subgraphs of high directed treewidth: for every pair of positive integers a and b, if a directed graph G has directed treewidth Omega(a^6 b^8 log^2(ab)), then one can find in G a family of a subgraphs, each of directed treewidth at least b, such that every vertex of G is in at most four subgraphs.

Tomáš Masařík, Irene Muzi, Marcin Pilipczuk, Paweł Rzążewski, and Manuel Sorge. Packing Directed Circuits Quarter-Integrally. In 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 144, pp. 72:1-72:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{masarik_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2019.72, author = {Masa\v{r}{\'\i}k, Tom\'{a}\v{s} and Muzi, Irene and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Rz\k{a}\.{z}ewski, Pawe{\l} and Sorge, Manuel}, title = {{Packing Directed Circuits Quarter-Integrally}}, booktitle = {27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019)}, pages = {72:1--72:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-124-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {144}, editor = {Bender, Michael A. and Svensson, Ola and Herman, Grzegorz}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2019.72}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-111938}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2019.72}, annote = {Keywords: Directed graphs, graph algorithms, linkage, Erd\H{o}s–P\'{o}sa property} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 126, 36th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2019)

We show that Odd Cycle Transversal and Vertex Multiway Cut admit deterministic polynomial kernels when restricted to planar graphs and parameterized by the solution size. This answers a question of Saurabh. On the way to these results, we provide an efficient sparsification routine in the flavor of the sparsification routine used for the Steiner Tree problem in planar graphs (FOCS 2014). It differs from the previous work because it preserves the existence of low-cost subgraphs that are not necessarily Steiner trees in the original plane graph, but structures that turn into (supergraphs of) Steiner trees after adding all edges between pairs of vertices that lie on a common face. We also show connections between Vertex Multiway Cut and the Vertex Planarization problem, where the existence of a polynomial kernel remains an important open problem.

Bart M. P. Jansen, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Erik Jan van Leeuwen. A Deterministic Polynomial Kernel for Odd Cycle Transversal and Vertex Multiway Cut in Planar Graphs. In 36th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 126, pp. 39:1-39:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{jansen_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2019.39, author = {Jansen, Bart M. P. and Pilipczuk, Marcin and van Leeuwen, Erik Jan}, title = {{A Deterministic Polynomial Kernel for Odd Cycle Transversal and Vertex Multiway Cut in Planar Graphs}}, booktitle = {36th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2019)}, pages = {39:1--39:18}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-100-9}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {126}, editor = {Niedermeier, Rolf and Paul, Christophe}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2019.39}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-102783}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2019.39}, annote = {Keywords: planar graphs, kernelization, odd cycle transversal, multiway cut} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 115, 13th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2018)

In this paper, we study multi-budgeted variants of the classic minimum cut problem and graph separation problems that turned out to be important in parameterized complexity: Skew Multicut and Directed Feedback Arc Set. In our generalization, we assign colors 1,2,...,l to some edges and give separate budgets k_1,k_2,...,k_l for colors 1,2,...,l. For every color i in {1,...,l}, let E_i be the set of edges of color i. The solution C for the multi-budgeted variant of a graph separation problem not only needs to satisfy the usual separation requirements (i.e., be a cut, a skew multicut, or a directed feedback arc set, respectively), but also needs to satisfy that |C cap E_i| <= k_i for every i in {1,...,l}.
Contrary to the classic minimum cut problem, the multi-budgeted variant turns out to be NP-hard even for l = 2. We propose FPT algorithms parameterized by k=k_1 +...+ k_l for all three problems. To this end, we develop a branching procedure for the multi-budgeted minimum cut problem that measures the progress of the algorithm not by reducing k as usual, by but elevating the capacity of some edges and thus increasing the size of maximum source-to-sink flow. Using the fact that a similar strategy is used to enumerate all important separators of a given size, we merge this process with the flow-guided branching and show an FPT bound on the number of (appropriately defined) important multi-budgeted separators. This allows us to extend our algorithm to the Skew Multicut and Directed Feedback Arc Set problems.
Furthermore, we show connections of the multi-budgeted variants with weighted variants of the directed cut problems and the Chain l-SAT problem, whose parameterized complexity remains an open problem. We show that these problems admit a bounded-in-parameter number of "maximally pushed" solutions (in a similar spirit as important separators are maximally pushed), giving somewhat weak evidence towards their tractability.

Stefan Kratsch, Shaohua Li, Dániel Marx, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Magnus Wahlström. Multi-Budgeted Directed Cuts. In 13th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 115, pp. 18:1-18:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{kratsch_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2018.18, author = {Kratsch, Stefan and Li, Shaohua and Marx, D\'{a}niel and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Wahlstr\"{o}m, Magnus}, title = {{Multi-Budgeted Directed Cuts}}, booktitle = {13th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2018)}, pages = {18:1--18:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-084-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {115}, editor = {Paul, Christophe and Pilipczuk, Michal}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2018.18}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-102194}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2018.18}, annote = {Keywords: important separators, multi-budgeted cuts, Directed Feedback Vertex Set, fixed-parameter tractability, minimum cut} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 103, 17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018)

Feedback Vertex Set is a classic combinatorial optimization problem that asks for a minimum set of vertices in a given graph whose deletion makes the graph acyclic. From the point of view of parameterized algorithms and fixed-parameter tractability, Feedback Vertex Set is one of the landmark problems: a long line of study resulted in multiple algorithmic approaches and deep understanding of the combinatorics of the problem. Because of its central role in parameterized complexity, the first edition of the Parameterized Algorithms and Computational Experiments Challenge (PACE) in 2016 featured Feedback Vertex Set as the problem of choice in one of its tracks. The results of PACE 2016 on one hand showed large discrepancy between performance of different classic approaches to the problem, and on the other hand indicated a new approach based on half-integral relaxations of the problem as probably the most efficient approach to the problem. In this paper we provide an exhaustive experimental evaluation of fixed-parameter and branching algorithms for Feedback Vertex Set.

Krzysztof Kiljan and Marcin Pilipczuk. Experimental Evaluation of Parameterized Algorithms for Feedback Vertex Set. In 17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 103, pp. 12:1-12:12, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{kiljan_et_al:LIPIcs.SEA.2018.12, author = {Kiljan, Krzysztof and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, title = {{Experimental Evaluation of Parameterized Algorithms for Feedback Vertex Set}}, booktitle = {17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018)}, pages = {12:1--12:12}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-070-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {103}, editor = {D'Angelo, Gianlorenzo}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SEA.2018.12}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-89477}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SEA.2018.12}, annote = {Keywords: Empirical Evaluation of Algorithms, Feedback Vertex Set} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 103, 17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018)

The notions of bounded expansion and nowhere denseness not only offer robust and general definitions of uniform sparseness of graphs, they also describe the tractability boundary for several important algorithmic questions. In this paper we study two structural properties of these graph classes that are of particular importance in this context, namely the property of having bounded generalized coloring numbers and the property of being uniformly quasi-wide. We provide experimental evaluations of several algorithms that approximate these parameters on real-world graphs. On the theoretical side, we provide a new algorithm for uniform quasi-wideness with polynomial size guarantees in graph classes of bounded expansion and show a lower bound indicating that the guarantees of this algorithm are close to optimal in graph classes with fixed excluded minor.

Wojciech Nadara, Marcin Pilipczuk, Roman Rabinovich, Felix Reidl, and Sebastian Siebertz. Empirical Evaluation of Approximation Algorithms for Generalized Graph Coloring and Uniform Quasi-Wideness. In 17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 103, pp. 14:1-14:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{nadara_et_al:LIPIcs.SEA.2018.14, author = {Nadara, Wojciech and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Rabinovich, Roman and Reidl, Felix and Siebertz, Sebastian}, title = {{Empirical Evaluation of Approximation Algorithms for Generalized Graph Coloring and Uniform Quasi-Wideness}}, booktitle = {17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018)}, pages = {14:1--14:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-070-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {103}, editor = {D'Angelo, Gianlorenzo}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SEA.2018.14}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-89493}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SEA.2018.14}, annote = {Keywords: Empirical Evaluation of Algorithms, Sparse Graph Classes, Generalized Coloring Numbers, Uniform Quasi-Wideness} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 103, 17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018)

The notion of treewidth, introduced by Robertson and Seymour in their seminal Graph Minors series, turned out to have tremendous impact on graph algorithmics. Many hard computational problems on graphs turn out to be efficiently solvable in graphs of bounded treewidth: graphs that can be sweeped with separators of bounded size. These efficient algorithms usually follow the dynamic programming paradigm.
In the recent years, we have seen a rapid and quite unexpected development of involved techniques for solving various computational problems in graphs of bounded treewidth. One of the most surprising directions is the development of algorithms for connectivity problems that have only single-exponential dependency (i.e., 2^{{O}(t)}) on the treewidth in the running time bound, as opposed to slightly superexponential (i.e., 2^{{O}(t log t)}) stemming from more naive approaches. In this work, we perform a thorough experimental evaluation of these approaches in the context of one of the most classic connectivity problem, namely Hamiltonian Cycle.

Michal Ziobro and Marcin Pilipczuk. Finding Hamiltonian Cycle in Graphs of Bounded Treewidth: Experimental Evaluation. In 17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 103, pp. 29:1-29:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{ziobro_et_al:LIPIcs.SEA.2018.29, author = {Ziobro, Michal and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, title = {{Finding Hamiltonian Cycle in Graphs of Bounded Treewidth: Experimental Evaluation}}, booktitle = {17th International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2018)}, pages = {29:1--29:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-070-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {103}, editor = {D'Angelo, Gianlorenzo}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SEA.2018.29}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-89648}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SEA.2018.29}, annote = {Keywords: Empirical Evaluation of Algorithms, Treewidth, Hamiltonian Cycle} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 89, 12th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2017)

The notion of Turing kernelization investigates whether a polynomial-time algorithm can solve an NP-hard problem, when it is aided by an oracle that can be queried for the answers to bounded-size subproblems. One of the main open problems in this direction is whether k-PATH admits a polynomial Turing kernel: can a polynomial-time algorithm determine whether an undirected graph has a simple path of length k, using an oracle that answers queries of size k^{O(1)}?
We show this can be done when the input graph avoids a fixed graph H as a topological minor, thereby significantly generalizing an earlier result for bounded-degree and K_{3,t}-minor-free graphs. Moreover, we show that k-PATH even admits a polynomial Turing kernel when the input graph is not H-topological-minor-free itself, but contains a known vertex modulator of size bounded polynomially in the parameter, whose deletion makes it so. To obtain our results, we build on the graph minors decomposition to show that any H-topological-minor-free graph that does not contain a k-path has a separation that can safely be reduced after communication with the oracle.

Bart M. P. Jansen, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Marcin Wrochna. Turing Kernelization for Finding Long Paths in Graphs Excluding a Topological Minor. In 12th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 89, pp. 23:1-23:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{jansen_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2017.23, author = {Jansen, Bart M. P. and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Wrochna, Marcin}, title = {{Turing Kernelization for Finding Long Paths in Graphs Excluding a Topological Minor}}, booktitle = {12th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2017)}, pages = {23:1--23:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-051-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {89}, editor = {Lokshtanov, Daniel and Nishimura, Naomi}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2017.23}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-85576}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2017.23}, annote = {Keywords: Turing kernel, long path, k-path, excluded topological minor, modulator} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 89, 12th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2017)

Given an edge-weighted graph G with a set Q of k terminals, a mimicking network is a graph with the same set of terminals that exactly preserves the sizes of minimum cuts between any
partition of the terminals. A natural question in the area of graph compression is to provide as small mimicking networks as possible for input graph G being either an arbitrary graph or coming from a specific graph class.
In this note we show an exponential lower bound for cut mimicking networks in planar graphs: there are edge-weighted planar graphs with k terminals that require 2^(k-2) edges in any mimicking network. This nearly matches an upper bound of O(k * 2^(2k)) of Krauthgamer and Rika [SODA 2013, arXiv:1702.05951] and is in sharp contrast with the O(k^2) upper bound under the assumption that all terminals lie on a single face [Goranci, Henzinger, Peng, arXiv:1702.01136]. As a side result we show a hard instance for the double-exponential upper bounds given by Hagerup, Katajainen, Nishimura, and Ragde [JCSS 1998], Khan and Raghavendra [IPL 2014], and Chambers and Eppstein [JGAA 2013].

Nikolai Karpov, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Anna Zych-Pawlewicz. An Exponential Lower Bound for Cut Sparsifiers in Planar Graphs. In 12th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 89, pp. 24:1-24:11, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{karpov_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2017.24, author = {Karpov, Nikolai and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Zych-Pawlewicz, Anna}, title = {{An Exponential Lower Bound for Cut Sparsifiers in Planar Graphs}}, booktitle = {12th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2017)}, pages = {24:1--24:11}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-051-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {89}, editor = {Lokshtanov, Daniel and Nishimura, Naomi}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2017.24}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-85603}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2017.24}, annote = {Keywords: mimicking networks, planar graphs} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 87, 25th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2017)

We show that for a number of parameterized problems for which only 2^{O(k)} n^{O(1)} time algorithms are known on general graphs, subexponential parameterized algorithms with running time 2^{O(k^{1-1/(1+d)} log^2 k)} n^{O(1)} are possible for graphs of polynomial growth with growth rate (degree) d, that is, if we assume that every ball of radius r contains only O(r^d) vertices. The algorithms use the technique of low-treewidth pattern covering, introduced by Fomin et al. [FOCS 2016] for planar graphs; here we show how this strategy can be made to work for graphs of polynomial growth.
Formally, we prove that, given a graph G of polynomial growth with growth rate d and an integer k, one can in randomized polynomial time find a subset A of V(G) such that on one hand the treewidth of G[A] is O(k^{1-1/(1+d)} log k), and on the other hand for every set X of vertices of size at most k, the probability that X is a subset of A is 2^{-O(k^{1-1/(1+d)} log^2 k)}. Together with standard dynamic programming techniques on graphs of bounded treewidth, this statement gives subexponential parameterized algorithms for a number of subgraph search problems, such as Long Path or Steiner Tree, in graphs of polynomial growth.
We complement the algorithm with an almost tight lower bound for Long Path: unless the Exponential Time Hypothesis fails, no parameterized algorithm with running time 2^{k^{1-1/d-epsilon}}n^{O(1)} is possible for any positive epsilon and any integer d >= 3.

Dániel Marx and Marcin Pilipczuk. Subexponential Parameterized Algorithms for Graphs of Polynomial Growth. In 25th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 87, pp. 59:1-59:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)

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@InProceedings{marx_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2017.59, author = {Marx, D\'{a}niel and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, title = {{Subexponential Parameterized Algorithms for Graphs of Polynomial Growth}}, booktitle = {25th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2017)}, pages = {59:1--59:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-049-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2017}, volume = {87}, editor = {Pruhs, Kirk and Sohler, Christian}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2017.59}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-78162}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2017.59}, annote = {Keywords: polynomial growth, subexponential algorithm, low treewidth pattern covering} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 63, 11th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2016)

In the EDGE BIPARTIZATION problem one is given an undirected graph G and an integer k, and the question is whether k edges can be deleted from G so that it becomes bipartite. In 2006, Guo et al. [J. Comput. Syst. Sci., 72(8):1386-1396, 2006] proposed an algorithm solving this problem in time O(2^k m^2); today, this algorithm is a textbook example of an application of the iterative compression technique. Despite extensive progress in the understanding of the parameterized complexity of graph separation problems in the recent years, no significant improvement upon this result has been yet reported. We present an algorithm for Edge Bipartization that works in time O(1.977^k nm), which is the first algorithm with the running time dependence on the parameter better than 2^k. To this end, we combine the general iterative compression strategy of Guo et al. [J. Comput. Syst. Sci., 72(8):1386-1396, 2006], the technique proposed by Wahlström [SODA'14] of using a polynomial-time solvable relaxation in the form of a Valued Constraint Satisfaction Problem to guide a bounded-depth branching algorithm, and an involved Measure&Conquer analysis of the recursion tree.

Marcin Pilipczuk, Michal Pilipczuk, and Marcin Wrochna. Edge Bipartization Faster Than 2^k. In 11th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 63, pp. 26:1-26:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)

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@InProceedings{pilipczuk_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2016.26, author = {Pilipczuk, Marcin and Pilipczuk, Michal and Wrochna, Marcin}, title = {{Edge Bipartization Faster Than 2^k}}, booktitle = {11th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2016)}, pages = {26:1--26:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-023-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2017}, volume = {63}, editor = {Guo, Jiong and Hermelin, Danny}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2016.26}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-69285}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2016.26}, annote = {Keywords: edge bipartization, FPT algorithm} }

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

We study the problem of routing symmetric demand pairs in planar digraphs. The input consists of a directed planar graph G = (V, E) and a collection of k source-destination pairs M = {s_1t_1, ..., s_kt_k}. The goal is to maximize the number of pairs that are routed along disjoint paths. A pair s_it_i is routed in the symmetric setting if there is a directed path connecting s_i to t_i and a directed path connecting t_i to s_i. In this paper we obtain a randomized poly-logarithmic approximation with constant congestion for this problem in planar digraphs. The main technical contribution is to show that a planar digraph with directed treewidth h contains a constant congestion crossbar of size Omega(h/polylog(h)).

Chandra Chekuri, Alina Ene, and Marcin Pilipczuk. Constant Congestion Routing of Symmetric Demands in Planar Directed Graphs. In 43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 55, pp. 7:1-7:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{chekuri_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.7, author = {Chekuri, Chandra and Ene, Alina and Pilipczuk, Marcin}, title = {{Constant Congestion Routing of Symmetric Demands in Planar Directed Graphs}}, booktitle = {43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016)}, pages = {7:1--7:14}, 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-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.7}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-62737}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2016.7}, annote = {Keywords: Disjoint paths, symmetric demands, planar directed graph} }

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

In the Closest String problem one is given a family S of equal-length strings over some fixed alphabet, and the task is to find a string y that minimizes the maximum Hamming distance between y and a string from S. While polynomial-time approximation schemes (PTASes) for this problem are known for a long time [Li et al.; J. ACM'02], no efficient polynomial-time approximation scheme (EPTAS) has been proposed so far. In this paper, we prove that the existence of an EPTAS for Closest String is in fact unlikely, as it would imply that FPT=W[1], a highly unexpected collapse in the hierarchy of parameterized complexity classes. Our proof also shows that the existence of a PTAS for Closest String with running time f(eps) n^o(1/eps), for any computable function f, would contradict the Exponential Time Hypothesis.

Marek Cygan, Daniel Lokshtanov, Marcin Pilipczuk, Michal Pilipczuk, and Saket Saurabh. Lower Bounds for Approximation Schemes for Closest String. In 15th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 53, pp. 12:1-12:10, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{cygan_et_al:LIPIcs.SWAT.2016.12, author = {Cygan, Marek and Lokshtanov, Daniel and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Pilipczuk, Michal and Saurabh, Saket}, title = {{Lower Bounds for Approximation Schemes for Closest String}}, booktitle = {15th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2016)}, pages = {12:1--12:10}, 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.2016.12}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-60232}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SWAT.2016.12}, annote = {Keywords: closest string, PTAS, efficient PTAS} }

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

We study the problem of routing on disjoint paths in bounded treewidth graphs with both edge and node capacities. The input consists of a capacitated graph G and a collection of k source-destination pairs M = (s_1, t_1), ..., (s_k, t_k). The goal is to maximize the number of pairs that can be routed subject to the capacities in the graph. A routing of a subset M' of the pairs is a collection P of paths such that, for each pair (s_i, t_i) in M', there is a path in P connecting s_i to t_i. In the Maximum Edge Disjoint Paths (MaxEDP) problem, the graph G has capacities cap(e) on the edges and a routing P is feasible if each edge e is in at most cap(e) of the paths of P. The Maximum Node Disjoint Paths (MaxNDP) problem is the node-capacitated counterpart of MaxEDP.
In this paper we obtain an O(r^3) approximation for MaxEDP on graphs of treewidth at most r and a matching approximation for MaxNDP on graphs of pathwidth at most r. Our results build on and significantly improve the work by Chekuri et al. [ICALP 2013] who obtained an O(r * 3^r) approximation for MaxEDP.

Alina Ene, Matthias Mnich, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Andrej Risteski. On Routing Disjoint Paths in Bounded Treewidth Graphs. In 15th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 53, pp. 15:1-15:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{ene_et_al:LIPIcs.SWAT.2016.15, author = {Ene, Alina and Mnich, Matthias and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Risteski, Andrej}, title = {{On Routing Disjoint Paths in Bounded Treewidth Graphs}}, booktitle = {15th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2016)}, pages = {15:1--15:15}, 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.2016.15}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-60378}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SWAT.2016.15}, annote = {Keywords: Algorithms and data structures, disjoint paths, treewidth} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 47, 33rd Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2016)

We prove that for every positive integer r and for every graph class G of bounded expansion, the r-DOMINATING SET problem admits a linear kernel on graphs from G. Moreover, in the more general case when G is only assumed to be nowhere dense, we give an almost linear kernel on G for the classic DOMINATING SET problem, i.e., for the case r=1. These results generalize a line of previous research on finding linear kernels for DOMINATING SET and r-DOMINATING SET (Alber et al., JACM 2004, Bodlaender et al., FOCS 2009, Fomin et al., SODA 2010, Fomin et al., SODA 2012, Fomin et al., STACS 2013). However, the approach taken in this work, which is based on the theory of sparse graphs, is radically different and conceptually much simpler than the previous approaches.
We complement our findings by showing that for the closely related CONNECTED DOMINATING SET problem, the existence of such kernelization algorithms is unlikely, even though the problem is known to admit a linear kernel on H-topological-minor-free graphs (Fomin et al., STACS 2013). Also, we prove that for any somewhere dense class G, there is some r for which r-DOMINATING SET is W[2]-hard on G. Thus, our results fall short of proving a sharp dichotomy for the parameterized complexity of r-DOMINATING SET on subgraph-monotone graph classes: we conjecture that the border of tractability lies exactly between nowhere dense and somewhere dense graph classes.

Pål Grønås Drange, Markus Dregi, Fedor V. Fomin, Stephan Kreutzer, Daniel Lokshtanov, Marcin Pilipczuk, Michal Pilipczuk, Felix Reidl, Fernando Sánchez Villaamil, Saket Saurabh, Sebastian Siebertz, and Somnath Sikdar. Kernelization and Sparseness: the Case of Dominating Set. In 33rd Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 47, pp. 31:1-31:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{drange_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2016.31, author = {Drange, P\r{a}l Gr{\o}n\r{a}s and Dregi, Markus and Fomin, Fedor V. and Kreutzer, Stephan and Lokshtanov, Daniel and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Pilipczuk, Michal and Reidl, Felix and S\'{a}nchez Villaamil, Fernando and Saurabh, Saket and Siebertz, Sebastian and Sikdar, Somnath}, title = {{Kernelization and Sparseness: the Case of Dominating Set}}, booktitle = {33rd Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2016)}, pages = {31:1--31:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-001-9}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {47}, editor = {Ollinger, Nicolas and Vollmer, Heribert}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2016.31}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-57327}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2016.31}, annote = {Keywords: kernelization, dominating set, bounded expansion, nowhere dense} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 20, 30th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2013)

In the Correlation Clustering problem, also known as Cluster Editing, we are given an undirected graph G and a positive integer k; the task is to decide whether G can be transformed into a cluster graph, i.e., a disjoint union of cliques, by changing at most k adjacencies, that is, by adding or deleting at most k edges. The motivation of the problem stems from various tasks in computational biology (Ben-Dor et al., Journal of Computational Biology 1999) and machine learning (Bansal et al., Machine Learning 2004). Although in general Correlation Clustering is APX-hard (Charikar et al., FOCS 2003), the version of the problem where the number of cliques may not exceed a prescribed constant p admits a PTAS (Giotis and Guruswami, SODA 2006).
We study the parameterized complexity of Correlation Clustering with this restriction on the number of cliques to be created. We give an algorithm that - in time O(2^{O(sqrt{pk})} + n+m) decides whether a graph G on n vertices and m edges can be transformed into a cluster graph with exactly p cliques by changing at most k adjacencies.
We complement these algorithmic findings by the following, surprisingly tight lower bound on the asymptotic behavior of our algorithm. We show that unless the Exponential Time Hypothesis (ETH) fails - for any constant 0 <= sigma <= 1, there is p = Theta(k^sigma) such that there is no algorithm deciding in time 2^{o(sqrt{pk})} n^{O(1)} whether an n-vertex graph G can be transformed into a cluster graph with at most p cliques by changing at most k adjacencies.
Thus, our upper and lower bounds provide an asymptotically tight analysis of the multivariate parameterized complexity of the problem for the whole range of values of p from constant to a linear function of k.

Fedor V. Fomin, Stefan Kratsch, Marcin Pilipczuk, Michal Pilipczuk, and Yngve Villanger. Tight bounds for Parameterized Complexity of Cluster Editing. In 30th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2013). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 20, pp. 32-43, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2013)

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@InProceedings{fomin_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2013.32, author = {Fomin, Fedor V. and Kratsch, Stefan and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Pilipczuk, Michal and Villanger, Yngve}, title = {{Tight bounds for Parameterized Complexity of Cluster Editing}}, booktitle = {30th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2013)}, pages = {32--43}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-939897-50-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2013}, volume = {20}, editor = {Portier, Natacha and Wilke, Thomas}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2013.32}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-39209}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2013.32}, annote = {Keywords: parameterized complexity, cluster editing, correlation clustering, subexponential algorithms, tight bounds} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 20, 30th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2013)

The well-known bidimensionality theory provides a method for designing fast, subexponential-time parameterized algorithms for a vast number of NP-hard problems on sparse graph classes such as planar graphs, bounded genus graphs, or, more generally, graphs with a fixed excluded minor. However, in order to apply the bidimensionality framework the considered problem needs to fulfill a special density property. Some well-known problems do not have this property, unfortunately, with probably the most prominent and important example being the Steiner Tree problem. Hence the question whether a subexponential-time parameterized algorithm for Steiner Tree on planar graphs exists has remained open. In this paper, we answer this question positively and develop an algorithm running in O(2^{O((k log k)^{2/3})}n) time and polynomial space, where k is the size of the Steiner tree and n is the number of vertices of the graph.
Our algorithm does not rely on tools from bidimensionality theory or graph minors theory, apart from Baker's classical approach. Instead, we introduce new tools and concepts to the study of the parameterized complexity of problems on sparse graphs.

Marcin Pilipczuk, Michal Pilipczuk, Piotr Sankowski, and Erik Jan van Leeuwen. Subexponential-Time Parameterized Algorithm for Steiner Tree on Planar Graphs. In 30th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2013). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 20, pp. 353-364, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2013)

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@InProceedings{pilipczuk_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2013.353, author = {Pilipczuk, Marcin and Pilipczuk, Michal and Sankowski, Piotr and van Leeuwen, Erik Jan}, title = {{Subexponential-Time Parameterized Algorithm for Steiner Tree on Planar Graphs}}, booktitle = {30th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2013)}, pages = {353--364}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-939897-50-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2013}, volume = {20}, editor = {Portier, Natacha and Wilke, Thomas}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2013.353}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-39471}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2013.353}, annote = {Keywords: planar graph, Steiner tree, subexponential-time algorithms} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 13, IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2011)

In a classical covering problem, we are given a set of requests that we need to satisfy (fully or partially), by buying a subset of items at minimum cost. For example, in the k-MST problem we want to find the cheapest tree spanning at least k nodes of an edge-weighted graph. Here, nodes represent requests whereas edges correspond to items.
In this paper, we initiate the study of a new family of multi-layer covering problems. Each such problem consists of a collection of h distinct instances of a standard covering problem (layers), with the constraint that all layers share the same set of requests. We identify two main subfamilies of these problems:
- in an union multi-layer problem, a request is satisfied if it is satisfied in at least one layer;
- in an intersection multi-layer problem, a request is satisfied if it is satisfied in all layers.
To see some natural applications, consider both generalizations of k-MST. Union k-MST can model a problem where we are asked to connect a set of users to at least one of two communication networks, e.g., a wireless and a wired network. On the other hand, Intersection k-MST can formalize the problem of providing both electricity and water to at least k users.

Marek Cygan, Fabrizio Grandoni, Stefano Leonardi, Marcin Mucha, Marcin Pilipczuk, and Piotr Sankowski. Approximation Algorithms for Union and Intersection Covering Problems. In IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2011). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 13, pp. 28-40, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2011)

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@InProceedings{cygan_et_al:LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2011.28, author = {Cygan, Marek and Grandoni, Fabrizio and Leonardi, Stefano and Mucha, Marcin and Pilipczuk, Marcin and Sankowski, Piotr}, title = {{Approximation Algorithms for Union and Intersection Covering Problems}}, booktitle = {IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science (FSTTCS 2011)}, pages = {28--40}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-939897-34-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2011}, volume = {13}, editor = {Chakraborty, Supratik and Kumar, Amit}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2011.28}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-33213}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2011.28}, annote = {Keywords: Approximation algorithms, Partial covering problems} }

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