Kernelization Algorithms for d-Hitting Set Problems

  • Faisal N. Abu-Khzam
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4619)


A kernelization algorithm for the 3-Hitting-Set problem is presented along with a general kernelization for d-Hitting-Set problems. For 3-Hitting-Set, a quadratic kernel is obtained by exploring properties of yes instances and employing what is known as crown reduction. Any 3-Hitting-Set instance is reduced into an equivalent instance that contains at most 5k 2 + k elements (or vertices). This kernelization is an improvement over previously known methods that guarantee cubic-size kernels. Our method is used also to obtain a quadratic kernel for the Triangle Vertex Deletion problem. For a constant d ≥ 3, a kernelization of d-Hitting-Set is achieved by a generalization of the 3-Hitting-Set method, and guarantees a kernel whose order does not exceed (2d − 1)k d − 1 + k.


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  • Faisal N. Abu-Khzam
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  1. 1.Division of Computer Science and Mathematics, Lebanese American University, BeirutLebanon

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