An algorithmic answer to the ore-type version of Dirac’s question on disjoint cycles

Henry Kierstead, A. V. Kostochka, T. Molla, D. Yager

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Corrádi and Hajnal in 1963 proved the following theorem on the NP-complete problem on the existence of k disjoint cycles in an n-vertex graph G: For all k ≥ 1 and n ≥ 3k, every (simple) n-vertex graph G with minimum degree δ(G) ≥ 2k contains k disjoint cycles. The same year, Dirac described the 3-connected multigraphs not containing two disjoint cycles and asked the more general question: Which (2k − 1)-connected multigraphs do not contain k disjoint cycles? Recently, Kierstead, Kostochka, and Yeager resolved this question. In this paper, we sharpen this result by presenting a description that can be checked in polynomial time of all multigraphs G with no k disjoint cycles for which the underlying simple graph G̲ satisfies the following Ore-type condition: dG̲(v)+dG̲(u)≥4k−3 for all nonadjacent u, v ∈ V (G).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Optimization and Its Applications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer Optimization and Its Applications
ISSN (Print)1931-6828
ISSN (Electronic)1931-6836

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Optimization


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