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JAPLL

2006

2006

A conjecture by D. Seese states that if a set of graphs has a decidable monadic second-order theory, then it is the image of a set of trees under a transformation defined by monadic second-order formulas. We prove that the general case of this conjecture is equivalent to the particular cases of directed graphs, partial orders and comparability graphs. We present some tools to prove the conjecture for classes of graphs with few cliques or few complete bipartite subgraphs, for line graphs and for interval graphs. We make an essential use of prime graphs, of comparability graphs and of characterizations of graph classes by forbidden induced subgraphs. Our treatment of infinite graphs uses a representation of countable linear orders by binary trees that can be constructed by monadic second-order formulas. By using a counting argument, we show the intrinsic limits of the methods used so far to handle this conjecture.

Added |
13 Dec 2010 |

Updated |
13 Dec 2010 |

Type |
Journal |

Year |
2006 |

Where |
JAPLL |

Authors |
Bruno Courcelle |

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