TY - GEN

T1 - Quasi-polynomial time approximation schemes for the maximum weight independent set problem in h-free graphs

AU - Chudnovsky, Maria

AU - Pilipczuk, Marcin

AU - Pilipczuk, Michał

AU - Thomassé, Stéphan

N1 - Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2020 by SIAM

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - In the Maximum Independent Set problem we are asked to find a set of pairwise nonadjacent vertices in a given graph with the maximum possible cardinality. In general graphs, this classical problem is known to be NP-hard and hard to approximate within a factor of n1−ε for any ε > 0. Due to this, investigating the complexity of Maximum Independent Set in various graph classes in hope of finding better tractability results is an active research direction. In H-free graphs, that is, graphs not containing a fixed graph H as an induced subgraph, the problem is known to remain NP-hard and APX-hard whenever H contains a cycle, a vertex of degree at least four, or two vertices of degree at least three in one connected component. For the remaining cases, where every component of H is a path or a subdivided claw, the complexity of Maximum Independent Set remains widely open, with only a handful of polynomial-time solvability results for small graphs H such as P5, P6, the claw, or the fork. We prove that for every such “possibly tractable” graph H there exists an algorithm that, given an Hfree graph G and an accuracy parameter ε > 0, finds an independent set in G of cardinality within a factor of (1 − ε) of the optimum in time exponential in a polynomial of log |V (G)| and ε−1. That is, we show that for every graph H for which Maximum Independent Set is not known to be APX-hard in H-free graphs, the problem admits a quasi-polynomial time approximation scheme in this graph class. Our algorithm works also in the more general weighted setting, where the input graph is supplied with a weight function on vertices and we are maximizing the total weight of an independent set.

AB - In the Maximum Independent Set problem we are asked to find a set of pairwise nonadjacent vertices in a given graph with the maximum possible cardinality. In general graphs, this classical problem is known to be NP-hard and hard to approximate within a factor of n1−ε for any ε > 0. Due to this, investigating the complexity of Maximum Independent Set in various graph classes in hope of finding better tractability results is an active research direction. In H-free graphs, that is, graphs not containing a fixed graph H as an induced subgraph, the problem is known to remain NP-hard and APX-hard whenever H contains a cycle, a vertex of degree at least four, or two vertices of degree at least three in one connected component. For the remaining cases, where every component of H is a path or a subdivided claw, the complexity of Maximum Independent Set remains widely open, with only a handful of polynomial-time solvability results for small graphs H such as P5, P6, the claw, or the fork. We prove that for every such “possibly tractable” graph H there exists an algorithm that, given an Hfree graph G and an accuracy parameter ε > 0, finds an independent set in G of cardinality within a factor of (1 − ε) of the optimum in time exponential in a polynomial of log |V (G)| and ε−1. That is, we show that for every graph H for which Maximum Independent Set is not known to be APX-hard in H-free graphs, the problem admits a quasi-polynomial time approximation scheme in this graph class. Our algorithm works also in the more general weighted setting, where the input graph is supplied with a weight function on vertices and we are maximizing the total weight of an independent set.

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M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:85084086521

T3 - Proceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms

SP - 2260

EP - 2278

BT - 31st Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2020

A2 - Chawla, Shuchi

PB - Association for Computing Machinery

T2 - 31st Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2020

Y2 - 5 January 2020 through 8 January 2020

ER -