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Removing Even Crossings

Abstract : An edge in a drawing of a graph is called $\textit{even}$ if it intersects every other edge of the graph an even number of times. Pach and Tóth proved that a graph can always be redrawn such that its even edges are not involved in any intersections. We give a new, and significantly simpler, proof of a slightly stronger statement. We show two applications of this strengthened result: an easy proof of a theorem of Hanani and Tutte (not using Kuratowski's theorem), and the result that the odd crossing number of a graph equals the crossing number of the graph for values of at most $3$. We begin with a disarmingly simple proof of a weak (but standard) version of the theorem by Hanani and Tutte.
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Michael J. Pelsmajer, Marcus Schaefer, Daniel Štefankovič. Removing Even Crossings. 2005 European Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Applications (EuroComb '05), 2005, Berlin, Germany. pp.105-110, ⟨10.46298/dmtcs.3430⟩. ⟨hal-01184387⟩



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