Additive Approximation of Generalized Turán Questions

Noga Alon, Clara Shikhelman

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For graphs G and T, and a family of graphs F let ex (G, T, F) denote the maximum possible number of copies of T in an F-free subgraph of G. We investigate the algorithmic aspects of calculating and estimating this function. We show that for every graph T, finite family F and constant ϵ> 0 there is a polynomial time algorithm that approximates ex (G, T, F) for an input graph G on n vertices up to an additive error of ϵnv(T). We also consider the possibility of a better approximation, proving several positive and negative results, and suggesting a conjecture on the exact relation between T and F for which no significantly better approximation can be found in polynomial time unless P= NP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-481
Number of pages18
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Generalized Turan problems
  • Graph approximation algorithms
  • Graph modifications
  • Regularity lemma


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