Small Grid Drawings of Planar Graphs with Balanced Bipartition

  • Xiao Zhou
  • Takashi Hikino
  • Takao Nishizeki
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5942)


In a grid drawing of a planar graph, every vertex is located at a grid point, and every edge is drawn as a straight-line segment without any edge-intersection. It has been known that every planar graph G of n vertices has a grid drawing on an (n − 2)×(n − 2) integer grid and such a drawing can be found in linear time. In this paper we show that if a planar graph G has a balanced bipartition then G has a grid drawing with small grid area. More precisely, if a separation pair bipartitions G into two edge-disjoint subgraphs G 1 and G 2, then G has a grid drawing on a W×H grid such that both the width W and height H are smaller than the larger number of vertices in G 1 and in G 2. In particular, we show that every series-parallel graph G has a grid drawing on a (2n/3)×(2n/3) grid and such a drawing can be found in linear time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao Zhou
    • 1
  • Takashi Hikino
    • 1
  • Takao Nishizeki
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Information SciencesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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