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

We introduce a new data structure for answering connectivity queries in undirected graphs subject to batched vertex failures. Precisely, given any graph G and integer parameter k, we can in fixed-parameter time construct a data structure that can later be used to answer queries of the form: "are vertices s and t connected via a path that avoids vertices u₁,…, u_k?" in time 2^𝒪(k). In the terminology of the literature on data structures, this gives the first deterministic data structure for connectivity under vertex failures where for every fixed number of failures, all operations can be performed in constant time.
With the aim to understand the power and the limitations of our new techniques, we prove an algorithmic meta theorem for the recently introduced separator logic, which extends first-order logic with atoms for connectivity under vertex failures. We prove that the model-checking problem for separator logic is fixed-parameter tractable on every class of graphs that exclude a fixed topological minor. We also show a weak converse. This implies that from the point of view of parameterized complexity, under standard complexity theoretical assumptions, the frontier of tractability of separator logic is almost exactly delimited by classes excluding a fixed topological minor.
The backbone of our proof relies on a decomposition theorem of Cygan, Lokshtanov, Pilipczuk, Pilipczuk, and Saurabh [SICOMP '19], which provides a tree decomposition of a given graph into bags that are unbreakable. Crucially, unbreakability allows to reduce separator logic to plain first-order logic within each bag individually. Guided by this observation, we design our model-checking algorithm using dynamic programming over the tree decomposition, where the transition at each bag amounts to running a suitable model-checking subprocedure for plain first-order logic. This approach is robust enough to provide also an extension to efficient enumeration of answers to a query expressed in separator logic.

Michał Pilipczuk, Nicole Schirrmacher, Sebastian Siebertz, Szymon Toruńczyk, and Alexandre Vigny. Algorithms and Data Structures for First-Order Logic with Connectivity Under Vertex Failures. In 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 229, pp. 102:1-102:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{pilipczuk_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.102, author = {Pilipczuk, Micha{\l} and Schirrmacher, Nicole and Siebertz, Sebastian and Toru\'{n}czyk, Szymon and Vigny, Alexandre}, title = {{Algorithms and Data Structures for First-Order Logic with Connectivity Under Vertex Failures}}, booktitle = {49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)}, pages = {102:1--102:18}, 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.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.102}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-164432}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.102}, annote = {Keywords: Combinatorics and graph theory, Computational applications of logic, Data structures, Fixed-parameter algorithms and complexity, Graph algorithms} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 216, 30th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2022)

First-order logic (FO) can express many algorithmic problems on graphs, such as the independent set and dominating set problem parameterized by solution size. On the other hand, FO cannot express the very simple algorithmic question whether two vertices are connected. We enrich FO with connectivity predicates that are tailored to express algorithmic graph properties that are commonly studied in parameterized algorithmics. By adding the atomic predicates conn_k(x,y,z_1,…,z_k) that hold true in a graph if there exists a path between (the valuations of) x and y after (the valuations of) z_1,…,z_k have been deleted, we obtain separator logic FO+conn. We show that separator logic can express many interesting problems such as the feedback vertex set problem and elimination distance problems to first-order definable classes. Denote by FO+conn_k the fragment of separator logic that is restricted to connectivity predicates with at most k+2 variables (that is, at most k deletions). We show that FO+conn_{k+1} is strictly more expressive than FO+conn_k for all k ≥ 0. We then study the limitations of separator logic and prove that it cannot express planarity, and, in particular, not the disjoint paths problem. We obtain the stronger disjoint-paths logic FO+DP by adding the atomic predicates disjoint-paths_k[(x_1,y_1),…,(x_k,y_k)] that evaluate to true if there are internally vertex-disjoint paths between (the valuations of) x_i and y_i for all 1 ≤ i ≤ k. Disjoint-paths logic can express the disjoint paths problem, the problem of (topological) minor containment, the problem of hitting (topological) minors, and many more. Again we show that the fragments FO+DP_k that use predicates for at most k disjoint paths form a strict hierarchy of expressiveness. Finally, we compare the expressive power of the new logics with that of transitive-closure logics and monadic second-order logic.

Nicole Schirrmacher, Sebastian Siebertz, and Alexandre Vigny. First-Order Logic with Connectivity Operators. In 30th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 216, pp. 34:1-34:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{schirrmacher_et_al:LIPIcs.CSL.2022.34, author = {Schirrmacher, Nicole and Siebertz, Sebastian and Vigny, Alexandre}, title = {{First-Order Logic with Connectivity Operators}}, booktitle = {30th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2022)}, pages = {34:1--34:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-218-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {216}, editor = {Manea, Florin and Simpson, Alex}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2022.34}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-157548}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2022.34}, annote = {Keywords: First-order logic, graph theory, connectivity} }

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