Parameterized Complexity of Candidate Control in Elections and Related Digraph Problems

  • Nadja Betzler
  • Johannes Uhlmann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5165)


There are different ways for an external agent to influence the outcome of an election. We concentrate on “control” by adding or deleting candidates of an election. Our main focus is to investigate the parameterized complexity of various control problems for different voting systems. To this end, we introduce natural digraph problems that may be of independent interest. They help in determining the parameterized complexity of control for different voting systems including Llull, Copeland, and plurality votings. Devising several parameterized reductions, we provide a parameterized complexity overview of the digraph and control problems with respect to natural parameters.


Parameterized Complexity Vote System Preference List Parameterized Reduction Candidate Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadja Betzler
    • 1
  • Johannes Uhlmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für InformatikFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany

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