Finding Maximum Edge Bicliques in Convex Bipartite Graphs


A bipartite graph G=(A,B,E) is convex on B if there exists an ordering of the vertices of B such that for any vertex v∈A, vertices adjacent to v are consecutive in B. A complete bipartite subgraph of a graph G is called a biclique of G. Motivated by an application to analyzing DNA microarray data, we study the problem of finding maximum edge bicliques in convex bipartite graphs. Given a bipartite graph G=(A,B,E) which is convex on B, we present a new algorithm that computes a maximum edge biclique of G in O(nlog 3 nlog log n) time and O(n) space, where n=|A|. This improves the current O(n 2) time bound available for the problem. We also show that for two special subclasses of convex bipartite graphs, namely for biconvex graphs and bipartite permutation graphs, a maximum edge biclique can be computed in O(nα(n)) and O(n) time, respectively, where n=min (|A|,|B|) and α(n) is the slowly growing inverse of the Ackermann function.

DOI: 10.1007/s00453-010-9486-x

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@article{Nussbaum2010FindingME, title={Finding Maximum Edge Bicliques in Convex Bipartite Graphs}, author={Doron Nussbaum and Shuye Pu and J{\"{o}rg-R{\"{u}diger Sack and Takeaki Uno and Hamid Zarrabi-Zadeh}, journal={Algorithmica}, year={2010}, volume={64}, pages={311-325} }