A Fine-grained Analysis of a Simple Independent Set Algorithm

Joachim Kneis, Alexander Langer & Peter Rossmanith
We present a simple exact algorithm for the \is\ problem with a runtime bounded by $O(\rt^n \poly(n))$. This bound is obtained by, firstly, applying a new branching rule and, secondly, by a distinct, computer-aided case analysis. The new branching rule uses the concept of satellites and has previously only been used in an algorithm for sparse graphs. The computer-aided case analysis allows us to capture the behavior of our algorithm in more detail than in...