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Vertex cover with covering radius 2

Our problem is: Given an undirected graph, does it have a vertex cover consisting of $k$ vertices? A vertex included in this vertex cover variant will cover every edge incident to it and every edge ...
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Reduce Vertex Cover with size k to Vertex Cover with size n/2

Disclaimer: This is a homework question. I would like to reduce vertex cover problem to the following problem: $$L = \{G \mid G\text{ has a vertex cover of size } |V(G)|/2\}\,.$$ I have divided the ...
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min vertex cover to access k edges in a tree

I need to find the minimum number out of $N$ vertices on a tree with $N-1$ edges, so that at least $K$ edges of that tree are connected to these vertices. For example, if $N=9$ and $K=6$ and we have ...
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Derandomization of vertex cover algorithm

I have the following randomized-algorithm for the vertex cover problem. Let $B_0$ be the output set: Fix some order $e_1, e_2,...,e_m$ over all edges in the edge set E of G, and set $B_0=∅$. Add to ...
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Compute the expected size of an approximation of vertex cover

Consider the following randomized approximation algorithm of vertex cover: Input: A graph G = (V, E). Output: A set $C_G \subseteq V$ a vertex cover of $G$. The algorithm: Set $C_G := \emptyset$. ...
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Error lower-bound for an algorithm for vertex cover

I have the following randomized-algorithm for the vertex cover problem. Let $B_0$ be the output set: Fix some order $e_1, e_2, . . . , e_m$ over all edges in the edge set E of G, and set $B_0 = \...
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Minimum unweighted anticlique (independent set) cover / partition

Suppose I have a set of integer intervals, and I want to generate a visualization like the one attached. One obvious way of accomplishing this is to put every interval in its own row; this obviously ...
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Vertex cover of bipartite graph

A vertex cover is a set of vertices such that each edge of the graph is incident to at least one vertex of the set. A minimum vertex cover is a vertex cover with minimal cardinality. From codeforces, ...
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set cover to edge cover

I want to find set cover of this problem. I have sets, each of cardinality 3. I want to find set cover. This is what I am doing. Treat each set as an edge, which is incident on each of its element. I ...
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A problem with the greedy approach to finding a maximal matching

Suppose I have an undirected graph with four vertices $a,b,c,d$ which are connected as in a simple path from $a$ to $d$, i.e. the edge set $\{(a,b), (b,c), (c,d)\}$. Then I have seen the following ...
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Worst Case running time of the Minimum Vertex Cover Approximation algorithm

Considering this factor $2$ minimum vertex cover approximation algorithm : Repeat while there is an edge: Arbitrarily pick an uncovered edge $e=(u,v)$ and add $u$ and $v$ to the solution. ...
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Checking if a $k$-subset of a graph is a vertex cover in time $O(kn)$

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ with $|V|=n,|E|=m$. I am reading a $\textit{brute force}$ solution to determining whether each candidate vertex cover of size $k \leq n$ is a vertex cover. The graph does not ...
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Bipartite graph minimal amount of vertices required

I have a bipartite graph made of two sets (SET 1 and SET 2) and I want to determine how many vertices from the ...
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Give an example of a connected graph where α(G) =100 and β(G) = 200

So I need to find a form of a graph such that its vertex cover is twice that of its matching, but I am running into problems brainstorming, I know K3 is of this form, but not one at such a magnitude.
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Another vertex cover question?

I'm not sure this is equivalent to bipartite vertex cover question. The question is: Given a BIPARTITE graph, what is the minimum number of vertex from the right side whose edges cover all vertex ...
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Vertex Cover of size at most $\log n$

Consider the following language: $$ L = \{ G | G \text{ has a VC of size at most } \log n \} $$ Does $L\in P$ or $L\in NPC$?
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Dominating Set Gap Problem Reduction

In the reduction from Vertex Cover problem to Dominating Set a new vertex is added for each edge in the original graph. Specifically, Given graph $G=(V,E)$ where $|V|=n$ with $VC$ with size $k$ we ...
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Does the intersection of VC and CLIQUE belong to NPC?

Define: $$L=\{(G,k) : G\text{ has a vertex cover of size at most $k$, and a clique of size at least $k$}\}$$ I need to determine whether $L\in \mathrm{NPC}$ or $L\in \mathrm{P}$. I suspect that $L\...
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2-sat and vertex cover [duplicate]

I've been recently dealing with the classical problem of finding the minimum vertex cover in a bipartite graph. The common approach is to set direction to all edges and run DFS from all vertices of ...
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Show that for each even n, there exists a graph with n vertices, such that the 2-approx VC alg returns a VC which is exactly twice the Minimum-VC

Question: Show that for each even n, there exists a graph with n vertices, such that the ALG(algorithm) returns a vertex cover which is exactly twice the size of minimum vertex cover. Define ALG: ...
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Partitioning vertices in a bipartite graph according to minimum vertex covers

How to solve this problem? A vertex cover of a graph is a set of vertices such that each edge of the graph is incident to at least one vertex of the set. A minimum vertex cover is a vertex cover ...