Quantum query complexity of minor-closed graph properties

Andrew M. Childs & Robin Kothari
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...