Core Stability of Vertex Cover Games

Qizhi Fang, Liang Kong, Jia Zhao
2008 Internet Mathematics  
In this paper, we focus on the core stability of vertex cover games, which arise from vertex cover problems on graphs. Based on duality theory of linear programming, we prove that a balanced vertex cover game has a stable core if and only if every edge belongs to a maximum matching in the underlying graph. We also prove that for a totally balanced vertex cover game, the core largeness, extendability, and exactness are all equivalent, which implies core stability. Furthermore, we show that core
more » ... tability and the three related properties can be determined efficiently.
doi:10.1080/15427951.2008.10129174 fatcat:sv5g6wajorcc5fourzhuwugede