## Abstract

Let F be a family of graphs. Given an n-vertex input graph G and a positive integer k, testing whether G has a vertex subset S of size at most k, such that G- S belongs to F, is a prototype vertex deletion problem. These type of problems have attracted a lot of attention in recent times in the domain of parameterized complexity. In this paper, we study two such problems; when F is either the family of forests of cacti or the family of forests of odd-cacti. A graph H is called a forest of cacti if every pair of cycles in H intersect on at most one vertex. Furthermore, a forest of cacti H is called a forest of odd cacti, if every cycle of H is of odd length. Let us denote by C and C_{odd}, the families of forests of cacti and forests of odd cacti, respectively. The vertex deletion problems corresponding to C and C_{odd} are called Diamond Hitting Set and Even Cycle Transversal, respectively. In this paper we design randomized algorithms with worst case run time 12 ^{k}n^{O} ^{(} ^{1} ^{)} for both these problems. Our algorithms considerably improve the running time for Diamond Hitting Set and Even Cycle Transversal, compared to what is known about them.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 271-290 |

Number of pages | 20 |

Journal | Algorithmica |

Volume | 79 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Sep 2017 |

Externally published | Yes |

## Keywords

- Diamond Hitting Set
- Even Cycle Transversal
- Fixed parameter tractability
- Randomized algorithms

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- General Computer Science
- Computer Science Applications
- Applied Mathematics