Vertex Cover in Conflict Graphs: Complexity and a Near Optimal Approximation

  • Dongjing MiaoEmail author
  • Jianzhong Li
  • Xianmin Liu
  • Hong Gao
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9486)


Given finite number of forests of complete multipartite graph, conflict graph is a sum graph of them. Graph of this class can model many natural problems, such as in database application and others. We show that this property is non-trivial if limiting the number of forests of complete multipartite graph, then study the problem of vertex cover on conflict graph in this paper. The complexity results list as follow,
  • If the number of forests of complete multipartite graph is fixed, conflict graph is non-trivial property, but finding 1.36-approximation algorithms is NP-hard.

  • Given 2 forests of complete multipartite graph and maximum degree less than 7, vertex cover problem of conflict graph is NP-complete. Without the degree restriction, it is shown to be NP-hard to find an algorithm for vertex cover of conflict graph within \(\frac{17}{16}-\varepsilon \), for any \(\varepsilon >0\).

Given conflict graph consists of r forests of complete multipartite graph, we design an approximation algorithm and show that the approximation ratio can be bounded by \(2-\frac{1}{2^r}\). Furthermore, under the assumption of UGC, the approximation algorithm is shown to be near optimal by proving that, it is hard to improve the ratio with a factor independent of the size (number of vertex) of conflict graph.


Approximation algorithm Vertex cover Complete multipartite graph 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dongjing Miao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jianzhong Li
    • 1
  • Xianmin Liu
    • 1
  • Hong Gao
    • 1
  1. 1.Harbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina

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