Minimum size of feedback vertex sets of planar graphs of girth at least five Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier Ltd A feedback vertex set of a graph is a subset of vertices intersecting all cycles. We provide tight upper bounds on the size of a minimum feedback vertex set in planar graphs of girth at least five. We prove that if G is a connected planar graph of girth at least five on n vertices and m edges, then G has a feedback vertex set of size at most 2mn+27. By Euler's formula, this implies that G has a feedback vertex set of size at most m5 and n23. These results not only improve a result of Dross, Montassier and Pinlou and confirm the girth-5 case of one of their conjectures, but also make the best known progress towards a conjecture of Kowalik, Luar and krekovski and solve the subcubic case of their conjecture. An important step of our proof is providing an upper bound on the size of minimum feedback vertex sets of subcubic graphs with girth at least five with no induced subdivision of members of a finite family of non-planar graphs.

published proceedings

  • European Journal of Combinatorics

altmetric score

  • 2.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Kelly, T., & Liu, C.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Kelly, Tom||Liu, Chun-Hung

publication date

  • January 2017