6.889: Algorithms for Planar Graphs and Beyond (Fall 2011)

Erik Demaine, Shay Mozes, Christian Sommer, Siamak Tazari


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[+] Embedded and planar graphs: Basic definitions and concepts: combinatorial embeddings, duality, inter-digitating trees, cut-cycle duality.

This lecture covers the basics of embedded graphs and in particular planar graphs. We give a definition of graphs that views edges (rather than vertices) as the primary entities, and use that view in defining combinatorial embeddings of graphs. We discuss deletions and contractions, introduce the concept of the dual of an embedded graph and formally define planar graphs. We show two important properties of planar graphs: the duality of cuts and cycles, and the complementarity of primal and dual spanning trees. All of these concepts will be widely used in the algorithms we will present throughout the semester.

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