Fully-dynamic Planarity Testing in Polylogarithmic Time

11/08/2019 ∙ by Jacob Holm, et al. ∙ 0

Given a dynamic graph subject to insertions and deletions of edges, a natural question is whether the graph presently admits a planar embedding. We give a deterministic fully-dynamic algorithm for general graphs, running in amortized O(log^3 n) time per edge insertion or deletion, that maintains a bit indicating whether or not the graph is presently planar. This is an exponential improvement over the previous best algorithm [Eppstein, Galil, Italiano, Spencer, 1996] which spends amortized O(√(n)) time per update.

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