Center for Algorithms and Theory of Computation

CS 269S, Winter 2018: Theory Seminar
Bren Hall, Room 1423, 1pm

February 16, 2018:

A Naive Algorithm for Feedback Vertex Set

Elham Havvaei

Given a graph on $n$ vertices and an integer $k$, the feedback vertex set problem asks for the deletion of at most $k$ vertices to make the graph acyclic. We show that a greedy branching algorithm, which always branches on an undecided vertex with the largest degree, runs in single-exponential time, i.e., $O(c^k n^2)$ for some constant $c$.

(Based on a paper from SOSA 2018 by Yixin Cao)