Lazy Queue Layouts of Posets

08/24/2020 ∙ by Jawaherul Md. Alam, et al. ∙ 0

We investigate the queue number of posets in terms of their width, that is, the maximum number of pairwise incomparable elements. A long-standing conjecture of Heath and Pemmaraju asserts that every poset of width w has queue number at most w. The conjecture has been confirmed for posets of width w=2 via so-called lazy linear extension. We extend and thoroughly analyze lazy linear extensions for posets of width w > 2. Our analysis implies an upper bound of (w-1)^2 +1 on the queue number of width-w posets, which is tight for the strategy and yields an improvement over the previously best-known bound. Further, we provide an example of a poset that requires at least w+1 queues in every linear extension, thereby disproving the conjecture for posets of width w > 2.

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