TY - JOUR

T1 - Even-cycle decompositions of graphs with no odd-K4-minor

AU - Huynh, Tony

AU - Oum, Sang il

AU - Verdian-Rizi, Maryam

PY - 2017/10/1

Y1 - 2017/10/1

N2 - An even-cycle decomposition of a graph G is a partition of E(G) into cycles of even length. Evidently, every Eulerian bipartite graph has an even-cycle decomposition. Seymour (1981) proved that every 2-connected loopless Eulerian planar graph with an even number of edges also admits an even-cycle decomposition. Later, Zhang (1994) generalized this to graphs with no K5-minor. Our main theorem gives sufficient conditions for the existence of even-cycle decompositions of graphs in the absence of odd minors. Namely, we prove that every 2-connected loopless Eulerian odd-K4-minor-free graph with an even number of edges has an even-cycle decomposition. This is best possible in the sense that ‘odd-K4-minor-free’ cannot be replaced with ‘odd-K5-minor-free.’ The main technical ingredient is a structural characterization of the class of odd-K4-minor-free graphs, which is due to Lovász, Seymour, Schrijver, and Truemper.

AB - An even-cycle decomposition of a graph G is a partition of E(G) into cycles of even length. Evidently, every Eulerian bipartite graph has an even-cycle decomposition. Seymour (1981) proved that every 2-connected loopless Eulerian planar graph with an even number of edges also admits an even-cycle decomposition. Later, Zhang (1994) generalized this to graphs with no K5-minor. Our main theorem gives sufficient conditions for the existence of even-cycle decompositions of graphs in the absence of odd minors. Namely, we prove that every 2-connected loopless Eulerian odd-K4-minor-free graph with an even number of edges has an even-cycle decomposition. This is best possible in the sense that ‘odd-K4-minor-free’ cannot be replaced with ‘odd-K5-minor-free.’ The main technical ingredient is a structural characterization of the class of odd-K4-minor-free graphs, which is due to Lovász, Seymour, Schrijver, and Truemper.

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U2 - 10.1016/j.ejc.2017.04.010

DO - 10.1016/j.ejc.2017.04.010

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85020006902

SN - 0195-6698

VL - 65

SP - 1

EP - 14

JO - European Journal of Combinatorics

JF - European Journal of Combinatorics

ER -