Graph bisection algorithms with good average case behavior

Thang Bui, Soma Chaudhuri, Tom Leighton, Mike Sipser

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Abstract

In the paper, we describe a polynomial time algorithm that, for every input graph, either outputs the minimum bisection of the graph or halts without output. More importantly, we show that the algorithm chooses the former course with high probability for many natural classes of graphs. In particular, for every fixed d ≥ 3, all sufficiently large n and all b = o(n1-1/[d+1/2]), the algorithm finds the minimum bisection for almost all d-regular labelled simple graphs with 2n nodes and bisection width b. For example, the algorithm succeeds for almost all 5-regular graphs with 2n nodes and bisection width o(n 2/3 ). The algorithm differs from other graph bisection heuristics (as well as from many heuristics for other NP-complete problems) in several respects. Most notably: (i) the algorithm provides exactly the minimum bisection for almost all input graphs with the specified form, instead of only an approximation of the minimum bisection, (ii) whenever the algorithm produces a bisection, it is guaranteed to be optimal (i.e., the algorithm also produces a proof that the bisection it outputs is an optimal bisection), (iii) the algorithm works well both theoretically and experimentally, (iv) the algorithm employs global methods such as network flow instead of local operations such as 2-changes, and (v) the algorithm works well for graphs with small bisections (as opposed to graphs with large bisections, for which arbitrary bisections are nearly optimal).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication25th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 1984
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages181-192
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)081860591X
StatePublished - 1984
Event25th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 1984 - Singer Island, United States
Duration: Oct 24 1984Oct 26 1984

Publication series

NameProceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS
Volume1984-October
ISSN (Print)0272-5428

Conference

Conference25th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 1984
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySinger Island
Period10/24/8410/26/84

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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