On Tuza's conjecture for triangulations and graphs with small treewidth

Fábio Botler, Cristina G. Fernandes, Juan Gutiérrez

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Tuza (1981) conjectured that the size τ(G) of a minimum set of edges that intersects every triangle of a graph G is at most twice the size ν(G) of a maximum set of edge-disjoint triangles of G. In this paper we present three results regarding Tuza's Conjecture. We verify it for graphs with treewidth at most 6; we show that [Formula presented] for every planar triangulation G different from K4; and that [Formula presented] if G is a maximal graph with treewidth 3. Our first result strengthens a result of Tuza, implying that τ(G)≤2ν(G) for every K8-free chordal graph G.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112281
JournalDiscrete Mathematics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Treewidth
  • Triangle packing
  • Triangle transversal
  • Triangulation


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