Strict confluent drawing

David Eppstein, Danny Holten, Maarten Löffler, Martin Nöllenburg, Bettina Speckmann, Kevin Verbeek


We define strict confluent drawing, a form of confluent drawing in which the existence of an edge is indicated by the presence of a smooth path through a system of arcs and junctions (without crossings), and in which such a path, if it exists, must be unique. We prove that it is NP-complete to determine whether a given graph has a strict confluent drawing but polynomial to determine whether it has an outerplanar strict confluent drawing with a fixed vertex ordering (a drawing within a disk, with the vertices placed in a given order on the boundary).

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ISSN: 1920-180X