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We recall several known results about minimally 2-connected graphs, and show that they all follow from a decomposition theorem. Starting from an analogy with critically 2-connected graphs, we give structural characterizations of the classes of graphs that do not contain as a subgraph and as an induced subgraph, a cycle with a node that has at least two… (More)

We provide a general method to prove the existence and compute efficiently elimination orderings in graphs. Our method relies on several tools that were known before, but that were not put together so far: the algorithm LexBFS due to Rose, Tarjan and Lueker, one of its properties discovered by Berry and Bordat, and a local decomposition property of graphs… (More)

In [Structural properties and decomposition of linear balanced matrices , Mathematical Programming, 55:129–168, 1992], Conforti and Rao conjectured that every balanced bipartite graph contains an edge that is not the unique chord of a cycle. We prove this conjecture for balanced bipartite graphs that do not contain a cycle of length 4 (also known as linear… (More)

A classical theorem of Euclidean geometry asserts that any non-collinear set of n points in the plane determines at least n distinct lines. Chen and Chvátal conjectured a generalization of this result to arbitrary finite metric spaces, with a particular definition of lines in a metric space. We prove it for metric spaces induced by connected… (More)

A wheel is a graph formed by a chordless cycle C and a vertex u not in C that has at least three neighbors in C. We prove that every 3-connected planar graph that does not contain a wheel as an induced subgraph is either a line graph or has a clique cutset. We prove that every planar graph that does not contain a wheel as an induced subgraph is 3-colorable.… (More)

Trotignon and Vuškovi´c completely characterized graphs that do not contain cycles with exactly one chord. In particular, they show that such a graph G has chromatic number at most max(3, ω(G)). We generalize this result to the class of graphs that do not contain cycles with exactly two chords and the class of graphs that do not contain cycles with exactly… (More)

The urethral syndrome is a frequently encountered psychosomatic disorder; it constitutes the main complaint of some 20% of all women who consult a urologist. After a brief survey of the history of this syndrome, the authors examine 55 case reports of women with the urethral syndrome. The authors particularly emphasize the significance of the manner in which… (More)