Department of Computer Science | Institute of Theoretical Computer Science | CADMO

Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms

Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner

Mittagsseminar (in cooperation with M. Ghaffari, A. Steger and B. Sudakov)

Mittagsseminar Talk Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:15 pm

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: CAB G51

Speaker: Vincent Kusters

Planar Packing of Binary Trees

In the graph packing problem we are given several graphs and have to map them into a single host graph such that each edge of the host graph is used at most once. Much research has been devoted to the packing of trees, especially to the case where the host graph is planar. More formally, this problem can be defined as follows: Given any two trees T1 and T2 on n vertices, we want a simple planar graph G on n vertices such that the edges of G can be colored with two colors and the subgraph induced by the edges colored i is isomorphic to Ti, for i=1,2.

A clear exception that must be made is the star tree which cannot be packed together with any other tree. But a popular hypothesis states that this is the only exception, and all other pairs of trees admit a planar packing. Previous proof attempts lead to very limited results only, which include a tree and a spider tree, a tree and a caterpillar, two trees of diameter four and two isomorphic trees.

We make a step forward and prove the hypothesis for any two binary trees. The proof is algorithmic and yields a linear time algorithm to compute a plane packing, that is, a suitable two-edge-colored host graph along with a planar embedding for it. In addition we can also guarantee several nice geometric properties for the embedding: vertices are embedded equidistantly on the x-axis and edges are embedded as semi-circles.


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