We consider the problem of partitioning the node set of a graph into $k$ sets of given sizes in order to \emph{minimize the cut} obtained using (removing) the $k$-th set. If the resulting cut has value $0$, then we have obtained a vertex separator. This problem is closely related to the graph partitioning problem. In fact, the model we use is the same as that for the graph partitioning problem except for a different \emph{quadratic} objective function. We look at known and new bounds obtained from various relaxations for this NP-hard problem. This includes: the standard eigenvalue bound, projected eigenvalue bounds using both the adjacency matrix and the Laplacian, quadratic programming (QP) bounds based on recent successful QP bounds for the quadratic assignment problems, and semidefinite programming bounds. We include numerical tests for large and \emph{huge} problems that illustrate the efficiency of the bounds in terms of strength and time.

## Citation

University of Waterloo Department of Combinatorics & Optimization Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada Research Report, January, 2014