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Splitting (Complicated) Surfaces is Hard

Abstract : Let $\MM$ be an orientable combinatorial surface without boundary. A cycle on $\MM$ is \emph{splitting} if it has no self-intersections and it partitions $\MM$ into two components, neither of which is homeomorphic to a disk. In other words, splitting cycles are simple, separating, and non-contractible. We prove that finding the shortest splitting cycle on a combinatorial surface is NP-hard but fixed-parameter tractable with respect to the surface genus. Specifically, we describe an algorithm to compute the shortest splitting cycle in $g^{O(g)} n \log n$ time.
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Erin W. Chambers, Eric Colin de Verdière, Jeff Erickson, Francis Lazarus, Kim Whittlesey. Splitting (Complicated) Surfaces is Hard. ACM Symp. on Computational Geometry (SOCG'06), 2006, France. pp.421-429. ⟨hal-00080564⟩



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