In this paper, we provide polynomial-time algorithms for different extensions of the matching counting problem, namely maximal matchings, path matchings (linear forest) and paths, on graph classes of bounded clique-width. For maximal matchings, we introduce matching-cover pairs to efficiently handle maximality in the local structure, and develop a polynomial time algorithm. For path matchings, we develop a way to classify the path matchings in a polynomial number of equivalent classes. Using these, we develop dynamic programing algorithms that run in polynomial time of the graph size, but in exponential time of the clique-width. In particular, we show that for a graph G of n vertices and clique-width k, these problems can be solved in O(n f(k)) time where f is exponential in k or in O(n g(l)) time where g is linear or quadratic in l if an l-expression for G is given as input.

Conference: Theory and Applications of Models of Computation - TAMC, pp. 483-494, 2011

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