Approximation algorithms for connected maximum cut and related problems

Mohammad Taghi Hajiaghayi, Guy Kortsarz, Robert Macdavid, Manish Purohit, Kanthi Sarpatwar

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An instance of the Connected Maximum Cut problem consists of an undirected graph G = (V,E) and the goal is to find a subset of vertices S ⊆ V that maximizes the number of edges in the cut δ(S) such that the induced graph G[S] is connected. We present the first nontrivial (Formula presented) approximation algorithm for the connected maximum cut problem in general graphs using novel techniques. We then extend our algorithm to an edge weighted case and obtain a poly-logarithmic approximation algorithm. Interestingly, in stark contrast to the classical max-cut problem, we show that the connected maximum cut problem remains NP-hard even on unweighted, planar graphs. On the positive side, we obtain a polynomial time approximation scheme for the connected maximum cut problem on planar graphs and more generally on graphs with bounded genus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlgorithms – ESA 2015 - 23rd Annual European Symposium, Proceedings
EditorsNikhil Bansal, Irene Finocchi
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783662483497
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd European Symposium on Algorithms, ESA 2015 - Patras, Greece
Duration: 14 Sep 201516 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference23rd European Symposium on Algorithms, ESA 2015

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