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|Abstract:||A dijoin in a digraph is a set of edges meeting every directed cut. D. R. Woodall conjectured in 1976 that if G is a digraph, and every directed cut of G has at least k edges, then there are k pairwise disjoint dijoins. This remains open, but a capacitated version is known to be false. In particular, A. Schrijver gave a digraph G and a subset S of its edge-set, such that every directed cut contains at least two edges in S, and yet there do not exist two disjoint dijoins included in S. In Schrijver's example, G is planar, and the subdigraph formed by the edges in S consists of three disjoint paths. We conjecture that when k = 2, the disconnectedness of S is crucial: more precisely, that if G is a digraph, and S is a subset of the edges of G that forms a connected subdigraph (as an undirected graph), and every directed cut of G contains at least two edges in S, then we can partition S into two dijoins. We prove this in two special cases: when G is planar, and when the subdigraph formed by the edges in S is a subdivision of a caterpillar.|
|Electronic Publication Date:||15-Apr-2016|
|Citation:||Chudnovsky, Maria, Edwards, Katherine, Kim, Ringi, Scott, Alex, Seymour, Paul. (Disjoint dijoins|
|Type of Material:||Journal Article|
|Journal/Proceeding Title:||Journal of combinatorial theory. Series B.|
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