The parameterized complexity of k-edge induced subgraphs [article]

Bingkai Lin, Yijia Chen
2012 arXiv   pre-print
We prove that finding a k-edge induced subgraph is fixed-parameter tractable, thereby answering an open problem of Leizhen Cai. Our algorithm is based on several combinatorial observations, Gauss' famous Eureka theorem [Andrews, 86], and a generalization of the well-known fpt-algorithm for the model-checking problem for first-order logic on graphs with locally bounded tree-width due to Frick and Grohe [Frick and Grohe, 01]. On the other hand, we show that two natural counting versions of the
more » ... blem are hard. Hence, the k-edge induced subgraph problem is one of the rare known examples in parameterized complexity that are easy for decision while hard for counting.
arXiv:1105.0477v3 fatcat:qrkw5khxyjfwnaduywsqq7ghoa