Dominique de Werra

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

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Publications (192)74.7 Total impact

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    T. Ekim, N.V.R. Mahadev, D. de Werra
    Discrete Applied Mathematics 01/2014; 171:158. · 0.72 Impact Factor
  • Marc Demange, Dominique De Werra
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    ABSTRACT: We study complexity issues related to some coloring problems in grids: we examine in particular the case of List coloring, of Precoloring extension and of (p,q)(p,q)-List coloring, the case of List coloring in bipartite graphs where lists in the first part of the bipartition are all of size pp and lists in the second part are of size qq. In particular, we characterize the complexity of (p,q)(p,q)-List coloring in grid graphs, showing that the only NP-complete case is (2, 3)-List coloring with k≥4k≥4 colors. We also show that Precoloring extension with 3 colors is NP-complete in subgrids.
    Theoretical Computer Science. 02/2013; 472:9–27.
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    ABSTRACT: Let G=(V,E) be a graph in which every vertex v∈V has a weight w(v)⩾0 and a cost c(v)⩾0. Let SG be the family of all maximum-weight stable sets in G. For any integer d⩾0, a minimum d-transversal in the graph G with respect to SG is a subset of vertices T⊆V of minimum total cost such that |T∩S|⩾d for every S∈SG. In this paper, we present a polynomial-time algorithm to determine minimum d-transversals in bipartite graphs. Our algorithm is based on a characterization of maximum-weight stable sets in bipartite graphs. We also derive results on minimum d-transversals of minimum-weight vertex covers in weighted bipartite graphs.
    Journal of Discrete Algorithms 12/2012; 17:95-102.
  • Bernard Ries, Dominique de Werra, Rico Zenklusen
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    ABSTRACT: In threshold graphs one may find weights for the vertices and a threshold value t such that for any subset S of vertices, the sum of the weights is at most the threshold t if and only if the set S is a stable (independent) set. In this note we ask a similar question about vertex colorings: given an integer p, when is it possible to find weights (in general depending on p) for the vertices and a threshold value tp such that for any subset S of vertices the sum of the weights is at most tp if and only if S generates a subgraph with chromatic number at most p−1? We show that threshold graphs do have this property and we show that one can even find weights which are valid for all values of p simultaneously.
    Discrete Mathematics 05/2012; 312(10):1838-1843. · 0.58 Impact Factor
  • 11/2011: pages 203-222; , ISBN: 978-1-84821-206-0
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    ABSTRACT: Given an integer d and a weighted tree T, we show how to find in polynomial time a minimum d-transversal of all maximum-weight stable sets in T, i.e., a set of vertices of minimum size having at least d vertices in common with every maximum-weight stable set. Our proof relies on new structural results for maximum-weight stable sets on trees.
    European Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Applications; 10/2011
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    ABSTRACT: We consider a set V of elements and an optimization problem on V: the search for a maximum (or minimum) cardinality subset of V verifying a given property ℘. A d-transversal is a subset of V which intersects any optimum solution in at least d elements while a d-blocker is a subset of V whose removal deteriorates the value of an optimum solution by at least d. We present some general characteristics of these problems, we review some situations which have been studied (matchings, s–t paths and s–t cuts in graphs) and we study d-transversals and d-blockers of stable sets or vertex covers in bipartite and in split graphs.
    Journal of Combinatorial Optimization 01/2011; 22:857-872. · 0.59 Impact Factor
  • Annals OR. 01/2011; 188:1-18.
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    Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 188 01/2011; Springer. · 1.03 Impact Factor
  • Tinaz Ekim, Dominique de Werra, Bernard Ries
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    ABSTRACT: The split-coloring problem is a generalized vertex coloring problem where we partition the vertices into a minimum number of split graphs. In this paper, we study some notions which are extensively studied for the usual vertex coloring and the cocoloring problem from the point of view of split-coloring, such as criticality and the uniqueness of the minimum split-coloring. We discuss some properties of split-critical and uniquely split-colorable graphs. We describe constructions of such graphs with some additional properties. We also study the effect of the addition and the removal of some edge sets on the value of the split-chromatic number. All these results are compared with their cochromatic counterparts. We conclude with several research directions on the topic.
    Discrete mathematics & theoretical computer science DMTCS 09/2010; 12(5):1-24. · 0.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this tutorial paper, we consider the basic image reconstruction problem which stems from discrete tomography. We derive a graph theoretical model and we explore some variations and extensions of this model. This allows us to establish connections with scheduling and timetabling applications. The complexity status of these problems is studied and we exhibit some polynomially solvable cases.We show how various classical techniques of operations research like matching, 2-SAT, network flows are applied to derive some of these results.
    Annals of Operations Research 06/2010; 175(1):287-307. · 1.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Given an undirected graph G=(V,E) with matching number �nu(G), a d-blocker is a subset of edges B such thatnu(V,E\B)\leq nu(G)-d and a d-transversal T is a subset of edges such that every maximum matching M has |M\cap T|\geq d. While the associated decision problem is NP-complete in bipartite graphs we show how to construct efficiently minimum d-transversals and minimum d-blockers in the special cases where G is a grid graph or a tree.
    Discrete Mathematics 01/2010; 310(1):132 - 146. · 0.58 Impact Factor
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    Tinaz Ekim, Bernard Ries, Dominique de Werra
    Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science. 01/2010; 12:1-24.
  • Tamás Kis, Dominique de Werra, Wieslaw Kubiak
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    ABSTRACT: We study a multiprocessor extension of the preemptive open shop scheduling problem, where the set of processors is partitioned into processor groups. We show that the makespan minimization problem is polynomially solvable for two multiprocessor groups even if preemptions are restricted to integral times.
    Oper. Res. Lett. 01/2010; 38:129-132.
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    ABSTRACT: Extensions and variations of the basic problem of graph coloring are introduced. The problem consists essentially in finding in a graph G a k-coloring, i.e., a partition V1,..., Vk of the vertex set of G such that, for some specified neighborhood N(v) of each vertex v, the number of vertices in N(v)\cap Vi is (at most) a given integer h_i^v . The complexity of some variations is discussed according to NQ .v/, which may be the usual neighbors, or the vertices at distance at most 2, or the closed neighborhood of v (v and its neighbors). Polynomially solvable cases are exhibited (in particular when G is a special tree).
    Discrete Optimization 11/2009; 6(4):362-369. · 0.67 Impact Factor
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    Alain Hertz, Dominique de Werra
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    ABSTRACT: A magnet is a pair u, v of adjacent vertices such that the proper neighbours of u are completely linked to the proper neighbours of v. It has been shown that one can reduce the graph by removing the two vertices u, v of a magnet and introducing a new vertex linked to all common neighbours of u and v without changing the stability number. We prove that all graphs containing no chordless cycle C-k (k >= 5) and none of eleven forbidden subgraphs can be reduced to a stable set by repeated use of magnets. For such graphs a polynomial algorithm is given to determine the stability number.
    Graphs and Combinatorics 11/2009; · 0.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Given an undirected graph G=(V,E) with matching number �nu(G), we define d-blockers as subsets of edges B such that nu((V,E\B))\leq nu(G)-d. We define d-transversals T as subsets of edges such that every maximum matching M has |M\cap T|\geq d. We explore connections between d-blockers and d-transversals. Special classes of graphs are examined which include complete graphs, regular bipartite graphs, chains and cycles and we construct minimum d-transversals and d-blockers in these special graphs. We also study the complexity status of finding minimum transversals and blockers in arbitrary graphs.
    Discrete Mathematics 07/2009; 309(13):4306-4314. · 0.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We study complexity and approximation of min weighted node coloring in planar, bipartite and split graphs. We show that this problem is NP-hard in planar graphs, even if they are triangle-free and their maximum degree is bounded above by 4. Then, we prove that min weighted node coloring is NP-hard in P8-free bipartite graphs, but polynomial for P5-free bipartite graphs. We next focus on approximability in general bipartite graphs and improve earlier approximation results by giving approximation ratios matching inapproximability bounds. We next deal with min weighted edge coloring in bipartite graphs. We show that this problem remains strongly NP-hard, even in the case where the input graph is both cubic and planar. Furthermore, we provide an inapproximability bound of 7/6−ε, for any ε>0 and we give an approximation algorithm with the same ratio. Finally, we show that min weighted node coloring in split graphs can be solved by a polynomial time approximation scheme. oui
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    ABSTRACT: Starting from the basic problem of reconstructing a 2-dimensional image given by its projections on two axes, one associates a model of edge coloring in a complete bipartite graph. The complexity of the case with k = 3 colors is open. Variations and special cases are considered for the case k = 3 colors where the graph corresponding to the union of some color classes (for instance colors 1 and 2) has a given structure (tree, vertex-disjoint chains, 2-factor, etc.). We also study special cases corresponding to the search of 2 edge-disjoint chains or cycles going through speci�ed vertices. A variation where the graph is oriented is also presented. In addition we explore similar problems for the case where the under- lying graph is a complete graph (instead of a complete bipartite graph).
    Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications 02/2009; 13(2):99-118.
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    Yury Orlovich, Valery Gordon, Dominique de Werra
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    ABSTRACT: We consider the complexity of approximation for the Independent Dominating Set problem in 2P3-free graphs, i.e., graphs that do not contain two disjoint copies of the chordless path on three vertices as an induced subgraph. We show that, if P≠NP, the problem cannot be approximated for 2P3-free graphs in polynomial time within a factor of n1−ε for any constant ε>0, where n is the number of vertices in the graph. Moreover, we show that the result holds even if the 2P3-free graph is restricted to being weakly chordal (and thereby perfect).

Publication Stats

2k Citations
74.70 Total Impact Points


  • 1976–2013
    • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
      • School of Basic Sciences
      Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
  • 2005–2011
    • Paris Dauphine University
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2009
    • ENSTA Bretagne
      Brest, Brittany, France
  • 2005–2009
    • ESSEC
      95001 CEDEX, Ile-de-France, France
  • 2008
    • Simon Fraser University
      • School of Computing Science
      Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
    • Poznan University of Technology
      • Institute of Computing Science
      Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
  • 2004
    • University of Nottingham
      • School of Computer Science
      Nottingham, ENG, United Kingdom
  • 2003
    • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
      New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
  • 2002
    • The University of Manchester
      • School of Computer Science
      Manchester, ENG, United Kingdom
  • 1999
    • Vienna University of Technology
      • Institute of Computer Languages
      Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 1996
    • University of Illinois at Chicago
      • Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
      Chicago, IL, United States
  • 1985–1996
    • Eawag: Das Wasserforschungs-Institut des ETH-Bereichs
      Duebendorf, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1991
    • University of Toronto
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada