Solving Multicut Faster Than 2n

  • Daniel Lokshtanov
  • Saket Saurabh
  • Ondřej Suchý
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8737)


In the Multicut problem, we are given an undirected graph G = (V,E) and a family \(\mathcal{T} = \{({s_i}{t_i}) \mid s_i, t_i \in V\}\) of pairs of requests and the objective is to find a minimum sized set S ⊆ V such that every connected component of G ∖ S contains at most one of s i and t i for any pair \(({s_i}{t_i})\in \mathcal{T}\). In this paper we give the first non-trivial algorithm for Multicut running in time  \(\mathcal{O}(1.987^n)\).


Vertex Cover Recursive Call Reduction Rule Unique Game Conjecture Multicut Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Lokshtanov
    • 1
  • Saket Saurabh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ondřej Suchý
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BergenNorway
  2. 2.Institute of Mathematical SciencesChennaiIndia
  3. 3.Faculty of Information TechnologyCzech Technical University in PragueCzech Republic

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