Tree-depth and Vertex-minors

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Authors

HLINĚNÝ Petr KWON O-joung OBDRŽÁLEK Jan ORDYNIAK Sebastian

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source European Journal of Combinatorics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Informatics

Citation
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejc.2016.03.001
Field Informatics
Keywords tree-depth; shrub-depth; vertex-minor; pivot-minor
Description In a recent paper Kwon and Oum (2014), Kwon and Oum claim that every graph of bounded rank-width is a pivot-minor of a graph of bounded tree-width (while the converse has been known true already before). We study the analogous questions for “depth” parameters of graphs, namely for the tree-depth and related new shrub-depth. We show how a suitable adaptation of known results implies that shrub-depth is monotone under taking vertex-minors, and we prove that every graph class of bounded shrub-depth can be obtained via vertex-minors of graphs of bounded tree-depth. While we exhibit an example that pivot-minors are generally not sufficient (unlike Kwon and Oum (2014)) in the latter statement, we then prove that the bipartite graphs in every class of bounded shrub-depth can be obtained as pivot-minors of graphs of bounded tree-depth.
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