# Characterizing sparse graphs by map decompositions

Authors: | Ruth Haas, Audrey Lee, Ileana Streinu, and Louis Theran |

Journal: | Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, 62, 2007. |

Full text: | arXiv |

A map is a graph that admits an orientation of its edges so that each vertex has out-degree exactly 1. We characterize graphs which admit a decomposition into edge-disjoint maps after: (1) the addition of any edges; (2) the addition of some edges. These graphs are identified with classes of sparse graphs; the results are also given in matroidal terms.