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Pathlength of Outerplanar graphs


A path-decomposition of a graph G = (V, E) is a sequence of subsets of V , called bags, that satisfy some connectivity properties. The length of a path-decomposition of a graph G is the greatest distance between two vertices that belong to a same bag and the pathlength, denoted by p (G), of G is the smallest length of its path-decompositions. This parameter has been studied for its algorithmic applications for several classical metric problems like the minimum eccentricity shortest path problem, the line-distortion problem, etc. However, deciding if the pathlength of a graph G is at most 2 is NP-complete, and the best known approximation algorithm has a ratio 2 (there is no c-approximation with c < 3 2 unless P = N P). In this work, we focus on the study of the pathlength of simple sub-classes of planar graphs. We start by designing a linear-time algorithm that computes the pathlength of trees. Then, we show that the pathlength of cycles with n vertices is equal to n 2. Finally, our main result is a (+1)-approximation algorithm for the pathlength of outerplanar graphs. This algorithm is based on a characterization of almost optimal (of length at most p (G)+1) path-decompositions of outerplanar graphs. * This work is partially funded by the project UCA JEDI (ANR-15-IDEX-01) and EUR DS4H Investments in the Future (ANR-17-EURE-004).
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hal-03895318 , version 1 (12-12-2022)



Thomas Dissaux, Nicolas Nisse. Pathlength of Outerplanar graphs. LATIN 2022 - 15th Latin American Theoretical Informatics Symposium, Nov 2022, Guanajuato, Mexico. pp.172-187, ⟨10.1007/978-3-031-20624-5_11⟩. ⟨hal-03895318⟩
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