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Erlebach, Thomas ; Spooner, Jakob T.

Faster Exploration of Degree-Bounded Temporal Graphs

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A temporal graph can be viewed as a sequence of static graphs indexed by discrete time steps. The vertex set of each graph in the sequence remains the same; however, the edge sets are allowed to differ. A natural problem on temporal graphs is the Temporal Exploration problem (TEXP): given, as input, a temporal graph G of order n, we are tasked with computing an exploration schedule (i.e., a temporal walk that visits all vertices in G), such that the time step at which the walk arrives at the last unvisited vertex is minimised (we refer to this time step as the arrival time). It can be easily shown that general temporal graphs admit exploration schedules with arrival time no greater than O(n^2). Moreover, it has been shown previously that there exists an infinite family of temporal graphs for which any exploration schedule has arrival time Omega(n^2), making these bounds tight for general TEXP instances. We consider restricted instances of TEXP, in which the temporal graph given as input is, in every time step, of maximum degree d; we show an O(n^2/log n) bound on the arrival time when d is constant, and an O(d log d * n^2/log n) bound when d is given as some function of n.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Thomas Erlebach and Jakob T. Spooner},
  title =	{{Faster Exploration of Degree-Bounded Temporal Graphs}},
  booktitle =	{43rd International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations  of Computer Science (MFCS 2018)},
  pages =	{36:1--36:13},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-086-6},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2018},
  volume =	{117},
  editor =	{Igor Potapov and Paul Spirakis and James Worrell},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-96181},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2018.36},
  annote =	{Keywords: temporal graph exploration, algorithmic graph theory, NP-complete problem}

Keywords: temporal graph exploration, algorithmic graph theory, NP-complete problem
Collection: 43rd International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2018)
Issue Date: 2018
Date of publication: 27.08.2018

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