Hardness of k-Vertex-Connected Subgraph Augmentation Problem
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Given a k-connected graph G=(V,E) and V ′⊂V, k-Vertex-Connected Subgraph Augmentation Problem (k-VCSAP) is to find S⊂V∖V ′ with minimum cardinality such that the subgraph induced by V ′∪S is k-connected. In this paper, we study the hardness of k-VCSAP in undirect graphs. We first prove k-VCSAP is APX-hard. Then, we improve the lower bound in two ways by relying on different assumptions. That is, we prove no algorithm for k-VCSAP has a PR better than O(log (log n)) unless P=NP and O(log n) unless NP⊆DTIME(n O(log log n)), where n is the size of an input graph.
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