Title

Improved Parameterized and Exact Algorithms for Cut Problems on Trees

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-23-2015

Publication Title

Theoretical Computer Science

DOI

10.1016/j.tcs.2015.06.010

ISSN

0304-3975

Abstract

We study the Multicut on Trees and the Generalized Multiway Cut on Trees problems. For the Multicut on Trees problem, we present a parameterized algorithm that runs in time O ∗(ρk), where ρ = √√2 + 1 < 1.554 is the positive root of the polynomial x4 − 2x2 − 1. This improves the current-best algorithm of Chen et al. that runs in time O ∗(1.619k). For the Generalized Multiway Cut on Trees problem, we show that this problem is solvable in polynomial time if the number of terminal sets is fixed; this answers an open question posed in a recent paper by Liu and Zhang. By reducing the Generalized Multiway Cut on Trees problem to the Multicut on Trees problem, our results give a parameterized algorithm that solves the Generalized Multiway Cut on Trees problem in time O ∗(ρk).

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