## Abstract

In this paper we consider the problem of testing whether a graph has bounded arboricity. The family of graphs with bounded arboricity includes, among others, bounded-degree graphs, all minor-closed graph classes (e.g. planar graphs, graphs with bounded treewidth) and randomly generated preferential attachment graphs. Graphs with bounded arboricity have been studied extensively in the past, in particular since for many problems they allow for much more efficient algorithms and/or better approximation ratios. We present a tolerant tester in the sparse-graphs model. The sparse-graphs model allows access to degree queries and neighbor queries, and the distance is defined with respect to the actual number of edges. More specifically, our algorithm distinguishes between graphs that are ϵ-close to having arboricity ϵand graphs that cí-far from having arboricity 3ϵ, where c is an absolute small constant. The query complexity and running time of the algorithm are1 Õ( n/√m · log(1/ϵ)/epsi; + n· α/m O(log(1/ϵ))where n denotes the number of vertices and m denotes the number of edges. In terms of the dependence on n and m this bound is optimal up to poly-logarithmic factors since (n= p m) queries are necessary (and the arboricity of a graph is always O( p m)). We leave it as an open question whether the dependence on 1/ϵ can be improved from quasi-polynomial to polynomial. Our techniques include an efficient local simulation for approximating the outcome of a global (almost) forestdecomposition algorithm as well as a tailored procedure of edge sampling.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | 29th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2018 |

Editors | Artur Czumaj |

Publisher | Association for Computing Machinery |

Pages | 2081-2092 |

Number of pages | 12 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 9781611975031 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2018 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 29th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2018 - New Orleans, United States Duration: 7 Jan 2018 → 10 Jan 2018 |

### Publication series

Name | Proceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms |
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### Conference

Conference | 29th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2018 |
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Country/Territory | United States |

City | New Orleans |

Period | 7/01/18 → 10/01/18 |

### Bibliographical note

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