We consider the problem of decomposing a graph by means of clique separators, by which we mean finding cliques (complete graphs) whose removal disconnects the graph. We give an O(nm)-time algorithm for finding a decomposition of an n-vertex, m-edge graph. We describe how such a decomposition can be used in divide-and-conquer algorithms for various graph problems, such as graph coloring and finding maximum independent sets. We survey classes of graphs for which such divide-and-conquer algorithms are especially useful.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics