On semi-transitive orientability of split graphs

Sergey Kitaev, Artem Pyatkin

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A directed graph is semi-transitive if and only if it is acyclic and for any directed path u 1 → u 2 → ⋯ → u t , t ≥ 2 , either there is no edge from u 1 to u t or all edges u i → u j exist for 1 ≤ i < j ≤ t . An undirected graph is semi-transitive if it admits a semi-transitive orientation. Recognizing semi-transitive orientability of a graph is an NP-complete problem. A split graph is a graph in which the vertices can be partitioned into a clique and an independent set. Semi-transitive orientability of split graphs was recently studied in a series of papers in the literature. The main result in this paper is proving that recognition of semi-transitive orientability of split graphs can be done in a polynomial time.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106435
Number of pages4
JournalInformation Processing Letters
Early online date1 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • semi-transitive orientation
  • split graph
  • polynomial solvability
  • circular ones property


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