Parameterized Dynamic Cluster Editing [article]

Junjie Luo, Hendrik Molter, André Nichterlein, Rolf Niedermeier
2018 arXiv   pre-print
We introduce a dynamic version of the NP-hard graph problem Cluster Editing. The essential point here is to take into account dynamically evolving input graphs: Having a cluster graph (that is, a disjoint union of cliques) that represents a solution for the first input graph, can we cost-efficiently transform it into a "similar" cluster graph that is a solution for the second ("subsequent") input graph? This model is motivated by several application scenarios, including incremental clustering,
more » ... he search for compromise clusterings, or also local search in graph-based data clustering. We thoroughly study six problem variants (edge editing, edge deletion, edge insertion; each combined with two distance measures between cluster graphs). We obtain both fixed-parameter tractability as well as (parameterized) hardness results, thus (except for three open questions) providing a fairly complete picture of the parameterized computational complexity landscape under the two perhaps most natural parameterizations: the distance of the new "similar" cluster graph to (i) the second input graph and to (ii) the input cluster graph.
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