Some Results on Non-deterministic Graph Searching in Trees

Omid Amini 1 David Coudert 2 Nicolas Nisse 2
2 COATI - Combinatorics, Optimization and Algorithms for Telecommunications
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée , COMRED - COMmunications, Réseaux, systèmes Embarqués et Distribués
Abstract : Non-deterministic graph searching was introduced by Fomin et al. to provide a unified approach for pathwidth, treewidth, and their interpretations in terms of graph searching games. Given q>=0, the q-limited search number, s_q(G), of a graph G is the smallest number of searchers required to capture an invisible fugitive in G, when the searchers are allowed to know the position of the fugitive at most q times. The search parameter s_0(G) corresponds to the pathwidth of a graph G, and s_{\infty}(G) to its treewidth. Determining s_q(G) is NP-complete for any fixed q>=0 in general graphs and s_0(T) can be computed in linear time in trees, however the complexity of the problem on trees has been unknown for any q>0. We introduce a new variant of graph searching that we call restricted non-deterministic. The corresponding parameter is denoted by rs_q and is shown to be equal to s_q for q=0,1, and at most twice s_q for any q>=2 (for any graph G). Our main result is the design of a polynomial time algorithm that computes rs_q(T) for any tree T and any q>= 0. This provides a 2-approximation of s_q(T) for any tree T, and shows that the decision problem associated to s_1 is polynomial in the class of trees. Our proofs are based on a new decomposition technique for trees which might be of independent interest. We also prove that the number of queries required to search a tree with two searchers can be computed in linear time. Tight upper bounds on the minimum number of queries for an arbitrary fixed number of searchers are also provided.
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[Research Report] 2013, pp.27
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