Testing subgraphs in directed graphs

Noga Alon, Asaf Shapira
2003 Proceedings of the thirty-fifth ACM symposium on Theory of computing - STOC '03  
Let H be a fixed directed graph on h vertices, let G be a directed graph on n vertices and suppose that at least n 2 edges have to be deleted from it to make it H-free. We show that in this case G contains at least f ( , H)n h copies of H. This is proved by establishing a directed version of Szemerédi's regularity lemma, and implies that for every H there is a one-sided error property tester whose query complexity is bounded by a function of only for testing the property P H of being H-free. As
more » ... of being H-free. As is common with applications of the undirected regularity lemma, here too the function 1/f ( , H) is an extremely fast growing function in . We therefore further prove a precise characterization of all the digraphs H, for which f ( , H) has a polynomial dependency on . This implies a characterization of all the digraphs H, for which the property of being H-free has a one sided error property tester whose query complexity is polynomial in 1/ . We further show that the same characterization also applies to two-sided error property testers as well. A special case of this result settles an open problem raised by the first author in [1]. Interestingly, It turns out that if P H has a polynomial query complexity, then there is a two-sided -tester for P H that samples only O(1/ ) vertices, whereas any one-sided tester for P H makes at least (1/ ) d/2 queries, where d is the average degree of H. We also show that the complexity of deciding if for a given directed graph H, P H has a polynomial query complexity, is N P -complete, marking an interesting distinction from the case of undirected graphs. For some special cases of directed graphs H, we describe very efficient one-sided error propertytesters for testing P H . As a consequence we conclude that when H is an undirected bipartite graph, we can give a one-sided error property tester with query complexity O((1/ ) h/2 ), improving the previously known upper bound of O((1/ ) h 2 ). The proofs combine combinatorial, graph theoretic and probabilistic arguments with results from additive number theory.
doi:10.1145/780542.780644 dblp:conf/stoc/AlonS03 fatcat:yygqqngfdne2pktkac7b3wm22q