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Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.entcs.2019.08.048
Title: Deciding Whether a Grid is a Topological Subgraph of a Planar Graph is NP-Complete
Language: English
Authors: Jiménez, Andrea 
Schmidt, Tina Janne 
Keywords: grids;NP-complete;planar graph;subdivision;subgraph homeomorphism;topological subgraph
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science (346): 545-556 (2019)
Journal or Series Name: Electronic notes in theoretical computer science 
Abstract (english): The Topological Subgraph Containment (TSC) Problem is to decide, for two given graphs G and H, whether H is a topological subgraph of G. It is known that the TSC Problem is NP-complete when H is part of the input, that it can be solved in polynomial time when H is fixed, and that it is fixed-parameter tractable by the order of H. Motivated by the great significance of grids in graph theory and algorithms due to the Grid-Minor Theorem by Robertson and Seymour, we investigate the computational complexity of the Grid TSC Problem in planar graphs. More precisely, we study the following decision problem: given a positive integer k and a planar graph G, is the k × k grid a topological subgraph of G? We prove that this problem is NP-complete, even when restricted to planar graphs of maximum degree six, via a novel reduction from the Planar Monotone 3-SAT Problem.
DOI: 10.15480/882.2552
ISSN: 1571-0661
Institute: Mathematik E-10 
Type: InProceedings (Aufsatz / Paper einer Konferenz etc.)
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