A note on packing paths in planar graphs

András Frank, Zoltán Szigeti
1995 Mathematical programming  
P.D. Seymour proved that the cut criterion is necessary and su cient for the solvability of the edgedisjoint paths problem when the union of the supply graph and the demand graph is planar and Eulerian. When only planarity is required, M. Middendorf and F. Pfei er proved the problem to be NP-complete. For this case E. Korach and M. Penn proved that the cut criterion is su cient for the existence of a near-complete packing of paths. Here we generalize this result by showing how a natural
more » ... ening of the cut criterion yields better packings of paths. Analogously to Seymour's approach, we actually prove a theorem on packing cuts in an arbitrary graph and then the planar edge-disjoint paths case is obtained by planar dualization. The main result is derived from a theorem of A. Seb} o on the structure of 1 weightings of a bipartite graph with no negative circuits.
doi:10.1007/bf01585937 fatcat:a5njs2efrjhojfipc66snef55i