Graphs and Combinatorics

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 359–367 | Cite as

Recognizing Intersection Graphs of Linear Uniform Hypergraphs

  • Michael S. Jacobson
  • André E. Kézdy
  • Jenő Lehel


A hypergraph is linear if any two distinct hyperedges have at most one common vertex. The existence of a polynomial algorithm is shown for deciding whether a graph of minimum degree δ ≥ 19 is the intersection graph of a linear 3-uniform hypergraph. This result improves a corollary of the finite forbidden subgraph characterization proved for δ ≥ 69 by Naik et al. in [8]. Essentially the same methods yield a polynomial recognition algorithm for the intersection graph of a linear r-uniform hypergraph, r ≥ 3, provided the minimum edge-degree of the graphs is at least 2r 2 − 3r + 1. This improves on the cubic bound that follows from the corresponding finite characterization result in [8].


Minimum Degree Maximal Clique Intersection Graph Polynomial Algorithm Common Vertex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. Jacobson
    • 1
  • André E. Kézdy
    • 1
  • Jenő Lehel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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