A Polynomial Kernel for Funnel Arc Deletion Set

11/13/2019 ∙ by Marcelo Garlet Milani, et al. ∙ 0

In Directed Feeback Arc Set (DFAS) we search for a set of at most k arcs which intersect every cycle in the input digraph. It is a well-known open problem in parameterized complexity to decide if DFAS admits a kernel of polynomial size. We consider C-Arc Deletion Set (C-ADS), a variant of DFAS where we want to remove at most k arcs from the input digraph in order to turn it into a digraph of a class C. In this work, we choose C to be the class of funnels. Funnel-Arc Deletion Set is NP-hard even if the input is a DAG, but is fixed-parameter tractable with respect to k. So far no polynomial kernels for this problem were known. Our main result is a kernel for Funnel-Arc Deletion Set with O(k^6) many vertices and O(k^7) many arcs, computable in linear time.

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