Journal of Combinatorial Optimization

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 326–332 | Cite as

Maximal independent sets in a generalisation of caterpillar graph

  • K. S. Neethi
  • Sanjeev Saxena


A caterpillar graph is a tree which on removal of all its pendant vertices leaves a chordless path. The chordless path is called the backbone of the graph. The edges from the backbone to the pendant vertices are called the hairs of the caterpillar graph. Ortiz and Villanueva (Discret Appl Math 160(3): 259–266, 2012) describe an algorithm, linear in the size of the output, for finding the family of maximal independent sets in a caterpillar graph. In this paper, we propose an algorithm, again linear in the output size, for a generalised version of caterpillar graph, where at each vertex of the backbone, there can be any number of hairs of length one and at most one hair of length two.


Maximal independent set MIS Caterpillar graphs  Generalised caterpillar graphs Generating all MIS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringIndian Institute of TechnologyKanpurIndia
  2. 2.Microsoft R&DBangaloreIndia

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