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Connected k-partition of k-connected graphs and c-claw-free graphs

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  • A connected partition is a partition of the vertices of a graph into sets that induce connected subgraphs. Such partitions naturally occur in many application areas such as road networks, and image processing. In these settings, it is often desirable to partition into a fixed number of parts of roughly of the same size or weight. The resulting computational problem is called Balanced Connected Partition (BCP). The two classical objectives for BCP are to maximize the weight of the smallest, or minimize the weight of the largest component. We study BCP on c-claw-free graphs, the class of graphs that do not have K_{1,c} as an induced subgraph, and present efficient (c −1)-approximation algorithms for both objectives. In particular, for 3-claw-free graphs, also simply known as claw-free graphs, we obtain a 2-approximation. Due to the claw-freeness of line graphs, this also implies a 2-approximation for the edge-partition version of BCP in general graphs. A harder connected partition problem arises from demanding a connected partition into k parts that have (possibly) heterogeneous target weights w_1, ..., w_k. In the 1970s Győri and Lovász showed that if G is k-connected and the target weights sum to the total size of G, such a partition exists. However, to this day no polynomial algorithm to compute such partitions exists for k > 4. Towards finding such a partition T_1, ..., T_k in k-connected graphs for general k, we show how to efficiently compute connected partitions that at least approximately meet the target weights, subject to the mild assumption that each w_i is greater than the weight of the heaviest vertex. In particular, we give a 3-approximation for both the lower and the upper bounded version i.e. we guarantee that each T_i has weight at least w_i/3 or that each T_i has weight most 3w_i, respectively. Also, we present a both-side bounded version that produces a connected partition where each T_i has size at least w_i/3 and at most max({r, 3})w_i, where r ≥1 is the ratio between the largest and smallest value in w_1, ..., w_k. In particular for the balanced version, i.e. w_1 = w_2 = ... = w_k, this gives a partition with 1/3 w_i ≤ w(T_i) ≤ 3w_i.

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Author:Ralf BorndörferORCiD, Katrin CaselORCiD, Davis IssacORCiD, Aikaterini NiklanovitsORCiD, Stephan SchwartzORCiD, Ziena ZeifORCiD
Document Type:In Proceedings
Parent Title (English):Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques, APPROX/RANDOM 2021
First Page:27:1
Last Page:27:14
Publisher:Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik
Year of first publication:2021
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