Shortest Reconfiguration of Matchings

Nicolas Bousquet, Tatsuhiko Hatanaka, Takehiro Ito, Moritz Mühlenthaler

研究成果: Conference contribution

2 被引用数 (Scopus)

抄録

Imagine that unlabelled tokens are placed on edges forming a matching of a graph. A token can be moved to another edge provided that the edges containing tokens remain a matching. The distance between two configurations of tokens is the minimum number of moves required to transform one into the other. We study the problem of computing the distance between two given configurations. We prove that if source and target configurations are maximal matchings, then the problem admits no polynomial-time sublogarithmic-factor approximation algorithm unless $$\mathsf{P}= \mathsf{NP}$$. On the positive side, we show that for matchings of bipartite graphs the problem is fixed-parameter tractable parameterized by the size d of the symmetric difference of the two given configurations. Furthermore, we obtain a $$d^\varepsilon $$ -factor approximation algorithm for the distance of two maximum matchings of bipartite graphs for every $$\varepsilon > 0$$. The proofs of our positive results are constructive and can hence be turned into algorithms that output shortest transformations. Both algorithmic results rely on a close connection to the Directed Steiner Tree problem. Finally, we show that determining the exact distance between two configurations is complete for the class $$\mathsf{D}^\mathsf{P}$$, and determining the maximum distance between any two configurations of a given graph is $$\mathsf{D}^\mathsf{P}$$ -hard.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルGraph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science - 45th International Workshop, WG 2019, Revised Papers
編集者Ignasi Sau, Dimitrios M. Thilikos
出版社Springer Verlag
ページ162-174
ページ数13
ISBN(印刷版)9783030307851
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2019
外部発表はい
イベント45th International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science, WG 2019 - Catalonia, Spain
継続期間: 2019 6 192019 6 21

出版物シリーズ

名前Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
11789 LNCS
ISSN(印刷版)0302-9743
ISSN(電子版)1611-3349

Conference

Conference45th International Workshop on Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science, WG 2019
国/地域Spain
CityCatalonia
Period19/6/1919/6/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 理論的コンピュータサイエンス
  • コンピュータ サイエンス(全般)

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