, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 59-73

The Thickness of Graphs: A Survey

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 We give a state-of-the-art survey of the thickness of a graph from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. After summarizing the relevant results concerning this topological invariant of a graph, we deal with practical computation of the thickness. We present some modifications of a basic heuristic and investigate their usefulness for evaluating the thickness and determining a decomposition of a graph in planar subgraphs.