On the complexity of finding iso- and other morphisms for partial \(k\)- trees. (English) Zbl 0764.68128

Summary: The problems to decide whether \(H\leq G\) for input graphs \(H\), \(G\) where \(\leq\) is ‘isomorphic to a subgraph’, ‘isomorphic to an induced subgraphs’, ‘isomorphic to a subdivision’, ‘isomorphic to a contraction’ or their combination, are NP-complete. We discuss the complexity of these problems when \(G\) is restricted to be a partial \(k\)-tree (in other terminology: to have tree-width \(\leq k\), to be \(k\)-decomposable, to have dimension \(\leq k)\). Using this restriction the problems are still NP- complete in general, but there are polynomial algorithms under some natural restrictions imposed in \(H\), for example when \(H\) has bounded degrees. We also give a polynomial time algorithm for the \(n\) disjoint connecting paths problem restricted to partial \(k\)-trees (with \(n\) part of input).


68R10 Graph theory (including graph drawing) in computer science
68Q25 Analysis of algorithms and problem complexity
05C05 Trees
05C10 Planar graphs; geometric and topological aspects of graph theory
05C70 Edge subsets with special properties (factorization, matching, partitioning, covering and packing, etc.)
05C38 Paths and cycles
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