Local certification of graph decompositions and applications to minor-free classes

Nicolas Bousquet, Laurent Feuilloley, and Théo Pierron.

OPODIS 2021: Conference on Principles of Distributed Systems, 13-15 December 2021, Strasbourg, France.


arxiv version BA at DISC 2021
OPODIS slides Video at OPODIS 2021


Local certification consists in assigning labels to the nodes of a network to certify that some given property is satisfied, in such a way that the labels can be checked locally. In the last few years, certification of graph classes received a considerable attention. The goal is to certify that a graph G belongs to a given graph class~$G$. Such certifications with labels of size $O(\log n)$ (where $n$ is the size of the network) exist for trees, planar graphs and graphs embedded on surfaces. Feuilloley et al. ask if this can be extended to any class of graphs defined by a finite set of forbidden minors. In this work, we develop new decomposition tools for graph certification, and apply them to show that for every small enough minor $H$, $H$-minor-free graphs can indeed be certified with labels of size $O(\log n)$. We also show matching lower bounds with a simple new proof technique.


I presented the paper as brief announcement at DISC 2021, and as a full paper at OPODIS 2021. I also presented the paper at JGA 2021 (the main French graph theory meeting), and it was part of my talk at the ADGA 2021 workshop.