Disjoint paths in sparse graphs

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We generalize all the results obtained for maximum integer multiflow and minimum multicut problems in trees by Garg, Vazirani and Yannakakis [N. Garg, V.V. Vazirani, M. Yannakakis, Primal-dual approximation algorithms for integral flow and multicut in trees, Algorithmica 18 (1997) 3-20] to graphs with a fixed cyclomatic number, while this cannot be achieved for other classical generalizations of trees. We also introduce thek-edge-outerplanar graphs, a class of planar graphs with arbitrary (but bounded) tree-width that generalizes the cacti, and show that the integrality gap of the maximum edge-disjoint paths problem is bounded in these graphs. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.




Bentz, C. (2009). Disjoint paths in sparse graphs. Discrete Applied Mathematics, 157(17), 3558–3568. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dam.2009.03.009

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