Linear Programming and the Worst-Case Analysis of Greedy Algorithms on Cubic Graphs

W. Duckworth, N. Wormald

Abstract


We introduce a technique using linear programming that may be used to analyse the worst-case performance of a class of greedy heuristics for certain optimisation problems on regular graphs. We demonstrate the use of this technique on heuristics for bounding the size of a minimum maximal matching (MMM), a minimum connected dominating set (MCDS) and a minimum independent dominating set (MIDS) in cubic graphs. We show that for $n$-vertex connected cubic graphs, the size of an MMM is at most $9n/20+O(1)$, which is a new result. We also show that the size of an MCDS is at most $3n/4+O(1)$ and the size of a MIDS is at most $29n/70+O(1)$. These results are not new, but earlier proofs involved rather long ad-hoc arguments. By contrast, our method is to a large extent automatic and can apply to other problems as well. We also consider $n$-vertex connected cubic graphs of girth at least 5 and for such graphs we show that the size of an MMM is at most $3n/7+O(1)$, the size of an MCDS is at most $2n/3+O(1)$ and the size of a MIDS is at most $3n/8+O(1)$.


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