@article {1224,
title = {Quantum query complexity of minor-closed graph properties},
journal = {Proc. 28th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2011), Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics},
volume = {9},
year = {2011},
month = {2011/01/01},
pages = {661-672},
abstract = { We study the quantum query complexity of minor-closed graph properties, which
include such problems as determining whether an $n$-vertex graph is planar, is
a forest, or does not contain a path of a given length. We show that most
minor-closed properties---those that cannot be characterized by a finite set of
forbidden subgraphs---have quantum query complexity \Theta(n^{3/2}). To
establish this, we prove an adversary lower bound using a detailed analysis of
the structure of minor-closed properties with respect to forbidden topological
minors and forbidden subgraphs. On the other hand, we show that minor-closed
properties (and more generally, sparse graph properties) that can be
characterized by finitely many forbidden subgraphs can be solved strictly
faster, in o(n^{3/2}) queries. Our algorithms are a novel application of the
quantum walk search framework and give improved upper bounds for several
subgraph-finding problems.
},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2011.661},
url = {http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.1443v2},
author = {Andrew M. Childs and Robin Kothari}
}