Improved lower bounds on book crossing numbers of complete graphs

E. de Klerk, D.V. Pasechnik, G. Salazar

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A "book with k pages" consists of a straight line (the "spine") and k half-planes (the "pages"), such that the boundary of each page is the spine. If a graph is drawn on a book with k pages in such a way that the vertices lie on the spine, and each edge is contained in a page, the result is a k-page book drawing (or simply a k-page drawing). The k-page crossing number nu_k(G) of a graph G is the minimum number of crossings in a k-page drawing of G. In this paper we investigate the k-page crossing numbers of complete graphs K_n. We use semidefinite programming techniques to give improved lower bounds on nu_k(K_n) for various values of k. We also use a maximum satisfiability reformulation to calculate the exact value of nu_k(K_n) for several values of k and n. Finally, we investigate the best construction known for drawing K_n in k pages, calculate the resulting number of crossings, and discuss this upper bound in the light of the new results reported in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-105
JournalSIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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