Planarization of graphs embedded on surfaces

  • Hristo N. Djidjev
  • Shankar M. Venkatesan
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1017)


A planarizing set of a graph is a set of edges or vertices whose removal leaves a planar graph. It is shown that, if G is an n-vertex graph of maximum degree d and orientable genus g, then there exists a planarizing set of O(√dgn) edges. This result is tight within a constant factor. Similar results are obtained for planarizing vertex sets and for graphs embedded on nonorientable surfaces. Planarizing edge and vertex sets can be found in O(n+g) time, if an embedding of G on a surface of genus g is given. We also construct an approximation algorithm that finds an O(√gn log g) planarizing vertex set of G in O(n log g) time if no genus-g embedding is given as an input.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hristo N. Djidjev
    • 1
  • Shankar M. Venkatesan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Rutgers UniversityCamden

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