On the Complexity of multi-parameterized cluster editing

Faisal Abu Khzam

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    Abstract

    The Cluster Editing problem seeks a transformation of a given undirected graph into a disjoint union of cliques via a minimum number of edge additions or deletions. A multi-parameterized version of the problem is studied, featuring a number of input parameters that bound the amount of both edge-additions and deletions per single vertex, as well as the size of a clique-cluster. We show that the problem remains NP-hard even when only one edge can be deleted and at most two edges can be added per vertex. However, the new formulation allows us to solve Cluster Editing (exactly) in polynomial time when the number of edge-edit operations per vertex is smaller than half the minimum cluster size. In other words, Correlation Clustering can be solved efficiently when the number of false positives/negatives per single data element is expected to be small compared to the minimum cluster size. As a byproduct, we obtain a kernelization algorithm that delivers linear-size kernels when the two edge-edit bounds are small constants.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-34
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Discrete Algorithms
    Volume45
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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