A Note On Computing Set Overlap Classes
Abstract
Let ${\cal V}$ be a finite set of $n$ elements and ${\cal F}=\{X_1,X_2, >..., X_m\}$ a family of $m$ subsets of ${\cal V}.$ Two sets $X_i$ and $X_j$ of ${\cal F}$ overlap if $X_i \cap X_j \neq \emptyset,$ $X_j \setminus X_i \neq \emptyset,$ and $X_i \setminus X_j \neq \emptyset.$ Two sets $X,Y\in {\cal F}$ are in the same overlap class if there is a series $X=X_1,X_2, ..., X_k=Y$ of sets of ${\cal F}$ in which each $X_iX_{i+1}$ overlaps. In this note, we focus on efficiently identifying all overlap classes in $O(n+\sum_{i=1}^m X_i)$ time. We thus revisit the clever algorithm of Dahlhaus of which we give a clear presentation and that we simplify to make it practical and implementable in its real worst case complexity. An useful variant of Dahlhaus's approach is also explained.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 November 2007
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0711.4573
 Bibcode:
 2007arXiv0711.4573C
 Keywords:

 Computer Science  Data Structures and Algorithms