ISRN Combinatorics

Volume 2013, Article ID 792743, 4 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/792743

## Extended Chain of Domination Parameters in Graphs

^{1}Department of Mathematics, The Madura College, Madurai 625 011, India^{2}Department of Mathematics, St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai 627 002, India

Received 30 June 2013; Accepted 14 August 2013

Academic Editors: B. Alspach, S. Hu, and H. Hua

Copyright © 2013 I. Sahul Hamid and S. Balamurugan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

A subset of the vertex set of a graph is called an isolate set if the subgraph induced by has an isolated vertex. The subset is called an isolate dominating set if it is both isolate and dominating. Also, is called an isolate irredundant set if it is both isolate and irredundant. In this paper, we establish a chain connecting various isolate parameters with the existing domination parameters and discuss equality among the parameters in the extended chain.

#### 1. Introduction

One of the fastest growing areas within graph theory is the study of domination and related subset problems such as independence, covering, and matching. In fact, there are scores of graph theoretic concepts involving domination, covering, and independence. The bibliography in domination maintained by Haynes et al. [1] has over 1200 entries in which one can find an appendix listing 75 different types of domination and domination related parameters which have been studied in the literature. Hedetneimi and Laskar [2] edited the recent issue of discrete mathematics devoted entirely to domination, and a survey of advanced topics in domination is given in the book by Haynes et al. [3]. In 1978, Cockayne et al. [4] first defined what has now become a well-known inequality chain of domination related parameters of a graph as follows: where and denote the lower and upper irredundance numbers, and denote the lower and upper domination numbers, and and denote the independent domination number and independence number of a graph , respectively. Since then, more than 100 research papers have been published in which this inequality chain is the focus of study. More specifically, extending this chain in either side by some fundamental domination parameters is one such direction of research. By fundamental domination parameter, we mean that they can be defined for all nontrivial connected graphs. Following this we introduced such a new variation of domination in the name of isolate domination of graphs. By isolate dominating set of , we mean a dominating set of such that , that is , has an isolated vertex, and the corresponding parameters and are, respectively, the minimum and maximum cardinalities of a minimal isolate dominating set of . The study of this new variation of parameter was initiated in [5], where the existing domination chain (1) was extended as follows:

This paper extends the above chain with the addition of some new variates related to isolate domination and discusses the relationship among some of the parameters involved in this new chain.

#### 2. Definitions, Notations, and Preliminary Results

By a Graph , we mean a finite, nontrivial, undirected graph with neither loops nor multiple edges. For graph theoretic terminology, we refer to the book by Chartrand and Lesniak [6].

In a Graph , the *open neighbourhood* of a vertex is , and the *closed neighbourhood* is . The subgraph induced by a set of vertices of a graph is denoted by with and . A vertex is said to be a private neighbour of a vertex with respect to the set if (in particular, an isolated vertex in is a private neighbour of itself with respect to the set ). The private neighbour set of a vertex with respect to the set is denoted by .

A set of vertices of a graph is said to be a *dominating set* if every vertex in is adjacent to a vertex in . A dominating set is said to be a *minimal dominating set* if no proper subset of is a dominating set. The minimum cardinality of a dominating set of a graph is called *the domination number* of and is denoted by . The *upper domination number * is the maximum cardinality of a minimal dominating set of . The minimum cardinality of an independent dominating set is called the *independent domination number* denoted by , and *the independence number * is the maximum cardinality of an independent set of . A set is a *total dominating set*, if . The *total domination number * is equal to the minimum cardinality of a total dominating set of . A set which is a dominating set of both and is called a *global dominating set*. The minimum cardinality of a global dominating is called the *global domination number* and is denoted by . A set of vertices is irredundant if every vertex has at least one private neighbour. The minimum and maximum cardinalities of a maximal irredundant set are, respectively, called *their redundance number * and *the upper irredundance number *. If is one of these parameters, then by a -set, we mean a subset of having cardinality and the appropriate graphical property. If the graph is clear from the context, then we will refer simply to a -set.

The following theorems are required for the subsequent sections.

Theorem 1 (see [5]). *Every minimal isolate dominating set is a minimal dominating set. *

Theorem 2 (see [1]). *Every minimal dominating set in a graph is a maximal irredundant set of . *

Theorem 3 (see [1]). *A dominating set is a minimal dominating set if and only if for each vertex in , one of the following conditions holds. *(i)*is an isolate of . *(ii)*There exists a vertex in , for which . *

Theorem 4 (see [1]). *If graph has no isolated vertices, then . *

#### 3. Integrated Chain

As mentioned in the introduction, we introduce some new variants related to isolate domination and extend the dominating chain (2).

*Definition 5. *A set of a graph whose induced subgraph has an isolate is called an isolate set, and the *isolate number * and the *upper isolate number * are defined to be = Min is a maximal isolate set of , = Max is a maximal isolate set of .

Further, an irredundant set which is also an isolate set is called an *isolate irredundant set* of . The minimum and the maximum cardinalities of a maximal isolate irredundant set of a graph are, respectively, called *the isolate irredundance *number and *the upper isolate irredundance *number .

Theorem 6. *Every minimal isolate dominating set is a maximal isolate irredundant set.*

*Proof. *The result follows from Theorems 1 and 2.

Corollary 7. *For any graph , .*

Theorem 8. *Let be an isolate set of a graph . Then, is a maximal isolate set if and only if every vertex in is adjacent to all the isolates of .*

*Proof. *Let be a maximal isolate set of . If there is a vertex such that does not contain an isolate of , then will be an isolate set of containing . This contradicts the maximality of , and hence the result follows. The converse part is obvious.

Now, it is obvious from the above theorem that every maximal isolate set is an isolate dominating set, and so . Also, as is the maximum cardinality of an isolate set of , we have . Of course, , and then we get the following chains of inequalities:

Theorem 9. *For any graph , , and the bound is sharp. *

*Proof. *Consider an -set of , and let be the set of all isolates of . From the graph , choose one of its independent dominating set, say . Then is obviously an independent set of . By Theorem 8, vertices of lying in are dominated even by a single vertex in . As dominates all the vert ces in , the set is a dominating set of , and consequently it is an independent dominating set of . Hence, the desired inequality follows.

Further, since an -set is a minimal isolate dominating set of a graph , we have , and so the Chain (3) is extended as follows:

As in the chains (2) and (4), each of the parameters and lies between and . However, there is no relation between and . In fact, we can prove that the difference between and can be arbitrarily large which is shown in the following theorem. It is noted that . Thus, the value of can be at most .

Theorem 10. * For given positive integers and such that , there exists a graph such that and . ** If and are any two integers such that , then there exists a graph such that and . *

*Proof. * Let , where and is any connected graph of order . Then, obviously . Now, as is a connected graph, any isolate irredundant set of must omit at least one vertex of , and consequently the corresponding pendant vertices have to be selected. Thus, . Now, one can easily obtain an -set of cardinality , we have .

Let be a path on vertices. Now, attach at least two pendant vertices at each of , , and then join all the pendant vertices of with a vertex , for to and let the resultant graph be . Now, one can easily verify that and .

We find that for any graph , the value of is , and also the parameters and coincide with the existing domination parameters and , respectively, as shown below.

Theorem 11. *For any graph , one has , , and . *

*Proof. *As in Theorem 1, a minimal isolate dominating set is a minimal dominating set, and consequently by the definitions of and , it follows that , for any graph . So, we need to verify only the other inequality. For this, consider a -set of . Of course, the set need not be an isolate dominating set; however, we can construct a minimal isolate dominating set of cardinality more than or equal to that of as follows. Choose a vertex in arbitrarily, and let be any minimal isolate dominating set of . Thus, the set is an an isolate dominating of (note that the vertices that are isolates with respect to are isolates with respect to as well). Minimality of with respect to isolate domination follows from the minimality of (with respect to isolate domination) and the minimality of (with respect to domination).

Let be an -set of . If has an isolated vertex then the proof is completed; otherwise, every vertex in has a private neighbour in . Now, the reader can easily observe that for a vertex , the set , where is an set of , forms an isolate irredundant set of . As , for every , , and therefore . Since is the maximum cardinality of an irredundant set of , .

Since for any vertex of a graph , is an isolate set of , it follows that . Further, if is an isolate set, then all the neighbours of an isolated vertex of lie outside , and consequently so that . Thus, for any graph , the value of is always .

Now, let us try to form a unified chain connecting all the domination and isolate parameters.

For complete multipartite graphs in which all the parts are of same cardinality and in particular for complete graphs, all the above parameters are equal.

#### 4. Equality of Parameters

Theorem 12. *If either or , then , where is the order of . *

*Proof. *Obviously, when , the isolated vertices of will be in every -set of , and hence . Also when , , and hence the result follows.

Theorem 13. *For a generalised Petersen graph , . *

*Proof. *Let be a -set of . If has an isolated vertex then we are through. Now, we assume that has no isolated vertices. Then, every vertex of will have at least one private neighbour. Further, it can be observed that the cardinality of will be minimum when each vertex of has exactly two private neighbours and also in that case, . Now, we assert that there is an isolate dominating set for with cardinality less than . By bearing in mind the usual structure of the generalised Petersen graph, we label the vertices of the outer circle as , and the inner circle as , such that , for every . Now, the set , where the last vertex of belongs to the set , , , , forms an isolate dominating set of . Since .

Theorem 14. *If does not contain an induced , then and . *

*Proof. *Let be a maximal isolate irredundant set of . If every vertex in is adjacent to a vertex in , then becomes an isolate dominating set of . Further, as every vertex in has a private neighbour in , is a minimal isolate dominating set of , and hence we are through. Now, suppose there is a vertex in which is not adjacent to any vertex in . Then , for some in ; otherwise, would become an isolate irredundant set of , contradicting the maximality of . At this juncture, it is needless to say that cannot be an isolate of (if is an isolate of then and therefore ). Now, let us claim that is a complete graph. For any two vertices and of , cannot be a and also . Hence, , and consequently our claim follows. Now, the set / is a nonisolate of , where is the set of isolates of , forming an isolate dominating set of . Further, every , has a private neighbour with respect to , and also a vertex in , being isolate with respect to , is a private neighbour of itself. Thus, is minimal with respect to being isolate domination. Hence, , and .

Corollary 15. *For any tree , , and . *

Theorem 16. *If , then every -set of is an independent dominating set. *

*Proof. *Let and be an isolate in an -set of . Then, would dominate all the vertices of . If there is an edge in , then would become an isolate dominating set of cardinality . This is a contradiction, and therefore must be an independent set, and consequently by Theorem 8 every vertex of is adjacent to all the vertices of and conversely. Hence, for any -set of , either or . If the first case happened, there is nothing to prove. Now, suppose that and is an edge in , then would be an isolate dominating set of cardinality less than and hence the theorem.

*Remark 17. *The converse of the above theorem is not true. For example, for the path on six vertices, , is the only -set which is independent, but .

Theorem 18. *For any complete multipartite graph , . *

*Proof. *Let be any -set of . Since the parts of are the only minimal isolate dominating sets, must be a part of minimum cardinality. Being a part of , all the vertices of are isolates, and every vertex in is adjacent to all the vertices of . Hence, by Theorem 8, is a maximal isolate set of , and so .

#### Acknowledgment

The research of the first author is supported by DST-SERB Project SR/FTP/MS-002/2012.

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