Cutwidth¶
This module implements several algorithms to compute the cutwidth of a graph and the corresponding ordering of the vertices. It also implements tests functions for evaluation the width of a linear ordering (or layout).
Given an ordering \(v_1,\cdots, v_n\) of the vertices of \(V(G)\), its cost is defined as:
Where
The cutwidth of a graph \(G\) is equal to the minimum cost of an ordering of its vertices.
This module contains the following methods
Return the cutwidth of the graph and the corresponding vertex ordering. 

Compute the cutwidth of \(G\) using an exponential time and space algorithm based on dynamic programming 

Compute the cutwidth of \(G\) and the optimal ordering of its vertices using an MILP formulation 

Return the width of the cut decomposition induced by the linear ordering \(L\) of the vertices of \(G\) 
Exponential algorithm for cutwidth¶
In order to find an optimal ordering of the vertices for the vertex separation, this algorithm tries to save time by computing the function \(c'(S)\) at most once once for each of the sets \(S\subseteq V(G)\). These values are stored in an array of size \(2^n\) where reading the value of \(c'(S)\) or updating it can be done in constant time.
Assuming that we can compute the cost of a set \(S\) and remember it, finding an optimal ordering is an easy task. Indeed, we can think of the sequence \(v_1, ..., v_n\) of vertices as a sequence of sets \(\{v_1\}, \{v_1,v_2\}, ..., \{v_1,...,v_n\}\), whose cost is precisely \(\max c'(\{v_1\}), c'(\{v_1,v_2\}), ... , c'(\{v_1,...,v_n\})\). Hence, when considering the digraph on the \(2^n\) sets \(S\subseteq V(G)\) where there is an arc from \(S\) to \(S'\) if \(S'=S\cap \{v\}\) for some \(v\) (that is, if the sets \(S\) and \(S'\) can be consecutive in a sequence), an ordering of the vertices of \(G\) corresponds to a path from \(\emptyset\) to \(\{v_1,...,v_n\}\). In this setting, checking whether there exists a ordering of cost less than \(k\) can be achieved by checking whether there exists a directed path \(\emptyset\) to \(\{v_1,...,v_n\}\) using only sets of cost less than \(k\). This is just a depthfirstsearch, for each \(k\).
Lazy evaluation of \(c'\)
In the previous algorithm, most of the time is actually spent on the computation of \(c'(S)\) for each set \(S\subseteq V(G)\) – i.e. \(2^n\) computations of neighborhoods. This can be seen as a huge waste of time when noticing that it is useless to know that the value \(c'(S)\) for a set \(S\) is less than \(k\) if all the paths leading to \(S\) have a cost greater than \(k\). For this reason, the value of \(c'(S)\) is computed lazily during the depthfirst search. Explanation :
When the depthfirst search discovers a set of size less than \(k\), the costs of its outneighbors (the potential sets that could follow it in the optimal ordering) are evaluated. When an outneighbor is found that has a cost smaller than \(k\), the depthfirst search continues with this set, which is explored with the hope that it could lead to a path toward \(\{v_1,...,v_n\}\). On the other hand, if an outneighbour has a cost larger than \(k\) it is useless to attempt to build a cheap sequence going though this set, and the exploration stops there. This way, a large number of sets will never be evaluated and a lot of computational time is saved this way.
Besides, some improvement is also made by “improving” the values found by \(c'\). Indeed, \(c'(S)\) is a lower bound on the cost of a sequence containing the set \(S\), but if all outneighbors of \(S\) have a cost of \(c'(S) + 5\) then one knows that having \(S\) in a sequence means a total cost of at least \(c'(S) + 5\). For this reason, for each set \(S\) we store the value of \(c'(S)\), and replace it by \(\max (c'(S), \min_{\text{next}})\) (where \(\min_{\text{next}}\) is the minimum of the costs of the outneighbors of \(S\)) once the costs of these outneighbors have been evaluated by the algorithm.
This algorithm and its implementation are very similar to
sage.graphs.graph_decompositions.vertex_separation.vertex_separation_exp()
.
The main difference is in the computation of \(c'(S)\). See the vertex
separation module's documentation
for more details on this
algorithm.
Note
Because of its current implementation, this algorithm only works on graphs on strictly less than 32 vertices. This can be changed to 64 if necessary, but 32 vertices already require 4GB of memory.
MILP formulation for the cutwidth¶
We describe a mixed integer linear program (MILP) for determining an optimal layout for the cutwidth of \(G\).
Variables:
\(x_v^k\) – Variable set to 1 if vertex \(v\) is placed in the ordering at position \(i\) with \(i\leq k\), and 0 otherwise.
\(y_{u,v}^{k}\) – Variable set to 1 if one of \(u\) or \(v\) is at a position \(i\leq k\) and the other is at a position \(j>k\), and so we have to count edge \(uv\) at position \(k\). Otherwise, \(y_{u,v}^{k}=0\). The value of \(y_{u,v}^{k}\) is a xor of the values of \(x_u^k\) and \(x_v^k\).
\(z\) – Objective value to minimize. It is equal to the maximum over all position \(k\) of the number of edges with one extremity at position at most \(k\) and the other at position stricly more than \(k\), that is \(\sum_{uv\in E}y_{u,v}^{k}\).
MILP formulation:
Constraints (1)(3) ensure that all vertices have a distinct position. Constraints (4)(5) force variable \(y_{u,v}^k\) to 1 if the edge is in the cut. Constraint (6) count the number of edges starting at position at most \(k\) and ending at a position stricly larger than \(k\).
This formulation corresponds to method cutwidth_MILP()
.
Authors¶
David Coudert (201506): Initial version
Methods¶

sage.graphs.graph_decompositions.cutwidth.
cutwidth
(G, algorithm='exponential', cut_off=0, solver=None, verbose=False)¶ Return the cutwidth of the graph and the corresponding vertex ordering.
INPUT:
G
– a Graph or a DiGraphalgorithm
– string (default:"exponential"
); algorithm to use among:exponential
– Use an exponential time and space algorithm based on dynamic programming. This algorithm only works on graphs with strictly less than 32 vertices.MILP
– Use a mixed integer linear programming formulation. This algorithm has no size restriction but could take a very long time.
cut_off
– integer (default: 0); used to stop the search as soon as a solution with width at mostcut_off
is found, if any. If this bound cannot be reached, the best solution found is returned.solver
– string (default:None
); specify a Linear Program (LP) solver to be used. If set toNone
, the default one is used. This parameter is used only whenalgorithm='MILP'
. For more information on LP solvers and which default solver is used, see the methodsolve
of the classMixedIntegerLinearProgram
.verbose
– boolean (default:False
); whether to display information on the computations.
OUTPUT:
A pair
(cost, ordering)
representing the optimal ordering of the vertices and its cost.EXAMPLES:
Cutwidth of a Complete Graph:
sage: from sage.graphs.graph_decompositions.cutwidth import cutwidth sage: G = graphs.CompleteGraph(5) sage: cw,L = cutwidth(G); cw 6 sage: K = graphs.CompleteGraph(6) sage: cw,L = cutwidth(K); cw 9 sage: cw,L = cutwidth(K+K); cw 9
The cutwidth of a \(p\times q\) Grid Graph with \(p\leq q\) is \(p+1\):
sage: from sage.graphs.graph_decompositions.cutwidth import cutwidth sage: G = graphs.Grid2dGraph(3,3) sage: cw,L = cutwidth(G); cw 4 sage: G = graphs.Grid2dGraph(3,5) sage: cw,L = cutwidth(G); cw 4

sage.graphs.graph_decompositions.cutwidth.
cutwidth_MILP
(G, lower_bound=0, solver=None, verbose=0)¶ MILP formulation for the cutwidth of a Graph.
This method uses a mixed integer linear program (MILP) for determining an optimal layout for the cutwidth of \(G\). See the
module's documentation
for more details on this MILP formulation.INPUT:
G
– a Graphlower_bound
– integer (default: 0); the algorithm searches for a solution with cost larger or equal tolower_bound
. If the given bound is larger than the optimal solution the returned solution might not be optimal. If the given bound is too high, the algorithm might not be able to find a feasible solution.solver
– string (default:None
); specify a Linear Program (LP) solver to be used. If set toNone
, the default one is used. For more information on LP solvers and which default solver is used, see the methodsolve
of the classMixedIntegerLinearProgram
.verbose
– integer (default:0
); sets the level of verbosity. Set to 0 by default, which means quiet.
OUTPUT:
A pair
(cost, ordering)
representing the optimal ordering of the vertices and its cost.EXAMPLES:
Cutwidth of a Cycle graph:
sage: from sage.graphs.graph_decompositions import cutwidth sage: G = graphs.CycleGraph(5) sage: cw, L = cutwidth.cutwidth_MILP(G); cw 2 sage: cw == cutwidth.width_of_cut_decomposition(G, L) True sage: cwe, Le = cutwidth.cutwidth_dyn(G); cwe 2
Cutwidth of a Complete graph:
sage: from sage.graphs.graph_decompositions import cutwidth sage: G = graphs.CompleteGraph(4) sage: cw, L = cutwidth.cutwidth_MILP(G); cw 4 sage: cw == cutwidth.width_of_cut_decomposition(G, L) True
Cutwidth of a Path graph:
sage: from sage.graphs.graph_decompositions import cutwidth sage: G = graphs.PathGraph(3) sage: cw, L = cutwidth.cutwidth_MILP(G); cw 1 sage: cw == cutwidth.width_of_cut_decomposition(G, L) True

sage.graphs.graph_decompositions.cutwidth.
cutwidth_dyn
(G, lower_bound=0)¶ Dynamic programming algorithm for the cutwidth of a Graph.
This function uses dynamic programming algorithm for determining an optimal layout for the cutwidth of \(G\). See the
module's documentation
for more details on this method.INPUT:
G
– a Graphlower_bound
– integer (default: 0); the algorithm returns immediately if it finds a solution lower or equal tolower_bound
(in which case it may not be optimal).
OUTPUT:
A pair
(cost, ordering)
representing the optimal ordering of the vertices and its cost.Note
Because of its current implementation, this algorithm only works on graphs on strictly less than 32 vertices. This can be changed to 63 if necessary, but 32 vertices already require 4GB of memory.

sage.graphs.graph_decompositions.cutwidth.
width_of_cut_decomposition
(G, L)¶ Return the width of the cut decomposition induced by the linear ordering \(L\) of the vertices of \(G\).
If \(G\) is an instance of
Graph
, this function returns the width \(cw_L(G)\) of the cut decomposition induced by the linear ordering \(L\) of the vertices of \(G\).\[cw_L(G) = \max_{0\leq i< V1} \{(u,w)\in E(G)\mid u\in L[:i]\text{ and }w\in V(G)\setminus L[:i]\}\]INPUT:
G
– a GraphL
– a linear ordering of the vertices ofG
EXAMPLES:
Cut decomposition of a Cycle graph:
sage: from sage.graphs.graph_decompositions import cutwidth sage: G = graphs.CycleGraph(6) sage: L = G.vertices() sage: cutwidth.width_of_cut_decomposition(G, L) 2
Cut decomposition of a Path graph:
sage: from sage.graphs.graph_decompositions import cutwidth sage: P = graphs.PathGraph(6) sage: cutwidth.width_of_cut_decomposition(P, [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]) 1 sage: cutwidth.width_of_cut_decomposition(P, [5, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4]) 2 sage: cutwidth.width_of_cut_decomposition(P, [0, 2, 4, 1, 3, 5]) 5