Lukas Barth, Guido Brückner, Paul Jungeblut, Marcel Radermacher

In this paper, we introduce and study the multilevel-planarity testing problem, which is a generalization of upward planarity and level planarity. Let $G = (V, E)$ be a directed graph and let $\ell: V \to \mathcal P(\mathbb Z)$ be a function that assigns a finite set of integers to each vertex. A multilevel-planar drawing of $G$ is a planar drawing of $G$ such that the $y$-coordinate of each vertex $v \in V$ is $y(v) \in \ell(v)$, and each edge is drawn as a strictly $y$-monotone curve. We present linear-time algorithms for testing multilevel planarity of embedded graphs with a single source and of oriented cycles. Complementing these algorithmic results, we show that multilevel-planarity testing is NP-complete even in very restricted cases.

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