Mathematical Problems in Engineering

Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5384190, 7 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5384190

## Complementary Cycles in Irregular Multipartite Tournaments

^{1}School of Mathematics and Information Science, Yantai University, Yantai 264005, China^{2}Chifeng University, Chifeng 024000, China^{3}College of Computer Science and Technology, Shandong University, Jinan 250101, China

Received 29 March 2016; Accepted 17 July 2016

Academic Editor: Sergii V. Kavun

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#### Abstract

A tournament is a directed graph obtained by assigning a direction for each edge in an undirected complete graph. A digraph is cycle complementary if there exist two vertex disjoint cycles and such that . Let be a locally almost regular -partite tournament with and such that all partite sets have the same cardinality , and let be a -cycle of . In this paper, we prove that if has no cycle factor, then contains a pair of disjoint cycles of length and , unless is isomorphic to , , , or .

#### 1. Introduction

Denote the vertex set and arc set of a digraph by and , respectively. For a subset of , we define as the subdigraph induced by . If is an arc of a digraph , then we write and say * dominates *. If and are two disjoint subsets of or subdigraphs of such that every vertex of dominates every vertex of , then * dominates *, denoted by . We write if there is no arc from to .

The* out-neighborhood * of a vertex is the set of vertices dominated by , and the* in-neighborhood * is the set of vertices dominating . The numbers and are the* outdegree* and* indegree* of , respectively. The* minimum outdegree* and the* minimum indegree* of are denoted by and and . The* local irregularity* is defined by over all vertices of and the* global irregularity* is defined by . Clearly, . If , then is* regular* and if , then is* almost regular*. If , then is* locally almost regular*.

By a path or cycle we mean a directed path or cycle. A cycle of length is an -*cycle*. The* independence number * is the maximum size among all independent sets of vertices of . A digraph is* strongly connected* or* strong* if, for each pair of vertices and , there is a path from to in . A digraph with at least vertices is -connected if for any set of at most vertices, the subdigraph obtained by deleting is strong. The* connectivity* of , denoted by , is defined to be the largest value of such that is -connected.

A* cycle factor* is a spanning subdigraph consisting of disjoint cycles. A cycle factor with the minimum number of cycles is called a* minimal cycle factor*. If we replace every arc of by , then we call the resulting digraph, denoted by , the* converse digraph* of .

A -partite graph is a graph whose vertices are or can be partitioned into different independent sets. Equivalently, it is a graph that can be colored with colors, so that no two endpoints of an edge have the same color. A complete -partite graph is a graph that can be partitioned into independent sets, as above, so that every pair of vertices from two different independent sets have different colors.

A -*partite* or* multipartite tournament* is an orientation of a complete -partite graph. If is a -partite tournament with the partite sets such that , then we define . If the vertex of belongs to the partite set , then we define .

A digraph is* cycle complementary* if there exist two vertex disjoint cycles and such that . The problem of complementary cycles in tournaments was almost completely solved by Reid [1] in 1985 and by Song [2] in 1993. The authors proved that every -connected tournament on at least vertices has complementary cycles of length and for all .

There exists only the following conjecture.

Conjecture 1 (see Yeo [3] 1999). *A regular -partite tournament with and has a pair of vertex disjoint cycles of length and for all .*

In 2005, Volkmann [4] confirmed the first conjecture for , unless is a regular -partite tournament with two vertices in each partite set. In 2004, Volkmann [5] confirmed conjecture for . In 2009, He et al. [6] confirmed conjecture for . In 2013, Volkmann [7] confirmed every almost regular* c*-partite tournament with such that all partite sets have the same cardinality . If or and , then* D* contains a pair of vertex disjoint directed cycles of lengths and . In 2014, Bai et al. [8] confirmed every regular bipartite tournament contains two complementary cycles. In 2014, He et al. [9] characterized all locally almost regular multipartite tournaments whose partite sets have the same cardinality with that contain two complementary cycles of length 3 and . Let be a locally almost regular -partite tournament with and such that all partite sets have the same cardinality, and let be a -cycle of . We prove if has no cycle factor, then contains a pair of disjoint cycles of length and , unless is isomorphic to , , , or .

#### 2. Preliminary Results

The following results play important roles in the proof of our main theorem (Theorem 12), where the first one is immediate.

Lemma 2 (see [7]). *If is a regular -partite tournament with the partite sets , then .*

Lemma 3 (see Yeo [10] 1998). *If is a multipartite tournament, then *

Lemma 4 (see Reid [1] 1985 and Song [2] 1993). *If is a -connected tournament with at least vertices, then contains two complementary cycles of length and for all , unless it is isomorphic to the tournament .*

Lemma 5 (see Bondy [11] 1976). *Each strong -partite tournament with contains an -cycle for each .*

Lemma 6 (see Yeo [12] 1999). *Let be a -partite tournament with the partite sets such that for some . If then is Hamiltonian.*

Lemma 7 (see Volkmann [5] 2004). *Let be a regular -partite tournament with . Then contains two complementary cycles of length and , unless is isomorphic to .*

Lemma 8 (see Volkmann [4] 2005). *Let be a regular c-partite tournament with and . Then contains two complementary cycles of length and , unless is isomorphic to , , or .*

Lemma 9 (see Tewes [13] 2002). *If is a multipartite tournament, then *

Lemma 10 (see Yeo [12] 1999 and Gutin and Yeo [14] 2000). *A digraph has no cycle factor if and only if its vertex set can be partitioned into four subsets , and such thatwhere is an independent set.*

Lemma 11 (see Volkmann and Winzen [15] 2004). *Let be the partite sets of a -partite tournament with no cycle factor such that . According to Lemma 10, the vertex set can be partitioned into subsets and satisfying (4) such that with integers . Let be the partite set with the property that . If , , and , thenif or case part ( 1) of lemma and if and case part (2) of lemma.*

#### 3. Main Result

Theorem 12. *Let be a locally almost regular -partite tournament with and such that all partite sets have the same cardinality, and let be a -cycle of . We prove that if has no cycle factor, then according to Lemma 10, the vertex set can be partitioned into subsets and satisfying (4) such that and , where is an independent set. If , then contains a pair of disjoint cycles of length and , unless is isomorphic to , , , or .*

*Proof. *First of all notice that the condition that all partite sets have the same cardinality shows that . Let be the partite sets of a locally almost regular -partite tournament such that . If is even, then it is easy to say that is regular. Thus, if , then is a regular -partite tournament, and by Lemma 7, contains two complementary cycles of length and , unless is isomorphic to .

According to Lemma 3, we have If and , which means that is a tournament, then (7) yields . In addition, if and , then it can be shown that too. Hence Lemma 4 implies that contains two complementary cycles of length and , unless is isomorphic to .

Therefore we only need to consider the case and . In view of Lemma 3, and thus Lemma 5 ensures the existence of a -cycle in . If we define in the case the -partite tournament by , then , and . If are the partite sets of such that , then and . With exception of the cases and and , and , and and , this leads to Applying Lemma 6, we conclude that has a Hamiltonian cycle , and we obtain the desired result that . Since is a regular -partite tournament for and , and , and , and and , by Lemma 8, contains two complementary cycles of length and , unless is isomorphic to , or . Therefore, there only remain the cases and .

Let , , , be the partite sets of , , and . Then and for each . Then , and . If are the partite sets of such that , then and . Then by Lemma 10, the vertex set can be partitioned into subsets , such that , and is an independent set. Let, without loss of generality, (if , then we consider ). By Lemma 9, .*Case 1*. and . Then . Otherwise and for which contradicts . Consider , for . So .

Assume that . We claim that , or else since , induces a -cycle, and thus there is a vertex such that . It follows that and , a contradiction to . Assume that . If is bipartite, then since , each partite set of consists of two vertices. Hence, induces a -cycle and thus there is a vertex such that . It follows that and , a contradiction to . If is -partite, then there exists a vertex such that and or and . This leads to and , a contradiction to . If is -partite, then such that and ; then and , a contradiction to .

If , then . Note that , induces a -cycle. So there is a vertex such that and , a contradiction to .

If , then replacing by and by in Lemma 11 leads us to , a contradiction to .*Case 2*. One has and . We discuss this case by the value of , where *Case 2.1*. Assume that ; that is, .

Note that since . If , for some , then . Then and for , a contradiction. Therefore, . Assume, without loss of generality, that , , and . Since , , and there exists one vertex in , say, such that .*Case 2.1.1*. Assume that has a Hamiltonian path.

() Assume that there is a Hamiltonian path which does not end at or begin at , say, with in . If does not dominate , then has at least one positive neighbor in , and there are the complementary cycles and . If , then there exist at least two arcs from to . Let, without loss of generality, with and . This leads to the complementary cycles and , all indices are taken modulo 5.

() If there is a Hamiltonian path ending at in , say, with , then we need only to consider . The other cases are easily reduced to (). Thus has at least one positive neighbor in , say, . This leads to the complementary cycles and .

() If there is a Hamiltonian path beginning at in , say, with , then we need only to consider . The other cases are easily reduced to () or ().

Assume that . Then , and we obtain a -cycle . Next we are to find its complementary cycle. Since , dominates at least one vertex of , and there exists at least one vertex of , say, , such that with , and . This leads to the complementary cycles and if or if .

Now assume that . If there is a vertex of that dominates , then let take the place of , the above case being reduced to () of Case . Therefore, we let . Then we have .

If and , then there exists an arc between and . Let, without loss of generality, . This leads to the contradiction .

If and , then and and . If , then , , , and . This leads to the complementary cycles and . If , then , , , and . This leads to the complementary cycles and .

If , let, without loss of generality, ; then we have , , , , , and . This leads to the complementary cycles and .*Case 2.1.2*. Now we assume that has no Hamiltonian path. Then let, without loss of generality, .

()Assume that dominates one vertex , say, .

(a) If , then since has no Hamiltonian path, , , and .

If there is one vertex of that dominates , let, without loss of generality, ; then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case . Therefore, let . Then we have . Since , or . In the former case there are complementary cycles and ; in the latter case complementary cycles are and .

(b) Assume that .

If , then since has no Hamiltonian path, . This leads to the Hamiltonian path , a contradiction.

If and , then since has no Hamiltonian path, . This leads to the Hamiltonian path , a contradiction.

If and , then since has no Hamiltonian path, , , and . If or and , then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case . If and , then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case .

() Assume that . Then we have .

(a) If dominates one vertex of , say, , then since , has no Hamiltonian path, and .

(i) If and dominates one vertex of , then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case .

(ii) If and , then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case .

(iii) Assume that ; then we have .

If dominates one vertex of , say, , then we obtain the complementary cycles and .

If , then we have . Then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case .

(b) Assume that . Since has no Hamiltonian path, .

(i) Assume that . Then .

If , then dominates at least one vertex of ; then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case .

If and there exists one vertex of that dominates at least one vertex of , say, , then we obtain the complementary cycles and .

If and , then . This leads to the complementary cycles and .

(ii) Assume that .

If and dominates one vertex of , then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case .

Assume that . Then we have and . If there exists one vertex of that dominates , say, , then let take the place of , the case being reduced to () of Case . Therefore, let . This leads to the complementary cycles and .

Now assume that . Then we have .

Let dominate one vertex of , say, .

If , then we have the complementary cycles and .

If , then since , dominates at least one vertex of . This leads to the complementary cycles and if or if .

Now let .

If dominates one vertex of , say, , then we obtain the complementary cycles and .

If , then we have and . This leads to the complementary cycles and .*Case 2.2*. Assume that . If , then for . Therefore, we have and for , a contradiction. Hence, let, without loss of generality, . If , then the case is equivalent to the case of “, , and ,” which has been proved in () of Case and Case . If , then , a contradiction. So, let, without loss of generality, and . Then and .

() Assume that there is an arc from to , say, . Then we have .

(a) Assume that has a Hamiltonian path.

If there is a Hamiltonian path which does not end at or begin at , let, without loss of generality, with be a Hamiltonian path in ; then has at least one positive neighbor in , say, , and we have the complementary cycle .

If there is a Hamiltonian path ending at , let, without loss of generality, with be a Hamiltonian path in ; then we need only to consider . The other cases are easily reduced to the above case which does not end at . Thus and there is the complementary cycle .

If there is a Hamiltonian path beginning at , let, without loss of generality, with be a Hamiltonian path in ; then we need only to consider . The other cases are easily reduced to the above case which does not begin at . Thus and we have the complementary cycle .

(b) Now we assume that has no Hamiltonian path. Let, without loss of generality, .

If , then since has no Hamiltonian path, , , and . Then we have and dominates at least one vertex of , say, . This leads to the complementary cycle .

If and , then and . This leads to and the complementary cycle .

If and , then and . This leads to the complementary cycle .

() Assume that . Then we have , , and .

(a) Assume that has a Hamiltonian path. Then, since , there exists a Hamiltonian ending at or ; let, without loss of generality, with be a Hamiltonian path . This leads to the complementary cycle .

(b) Assume that has no Hamiltonian path.

If , then or , say, . Since has no Hamiltonian path, and . This leads to and we obtain the complementary cycle .

If , then or , say, . Since has no Hamiltonian path, and . This leads to and we obtain the complementary cycle .*Case 2.3*. Assume that . If , then there exists a vertex such that or . Each case leads to and , a contradiction to . Therefore, . Let, without loss of generality, .

() Assume that . Let, without loss of generality, and . Then . Let, without loss of generality, . Since , , , or , say, . Then we have

Assume that there is an arc from to , say, .

If , then we have and dominates at least two vertices of . This leads to the complementary cycles and if , or if .

If , then , and dominates at least two vertices of . This leads to the complementary cycles and if , or if .

Now assume that . Then we have , , and .

If , then we have and . This leads to the complementary cycle .

If , then and we obtain the complementary cycle .

() Assume that . Let, without loss of generality, . Then , , and . Since , . Let, without loss of generality, .

(a) Assume that . Let, without loss of generality, . Then .

(i) Assume that there is an arc from to , say, . Then we have .

If has a Hamiltonian path, then it ends at (or ). Let, without loss of generality, with be a Hamiltonian path in . Then dominates at least two vertices of . This leads to the complementary cycle if or if .

Now assume that has no Hamiltonian path.

If , then . Since has no Hamiltonian path, . Then we have . If , then we have the complementary cycle . If , then and we have the complementary cycle .

If , then dominates one vertex of , say, . Since has no Hamiltonian path, and . Then we have . If , then we have the complementary cycle . If , then and we have the complementary cycle .

(ii) Assume that . Then there is an arc from to , say, . This leads to the -cycle .

If , then and dominates at least two vertices of . This leads to the complementary cycle if or if .

If and , then dominates at least two vertices of . This leads to the complementary cycle if or if .

If and , then . This leads to the complementary cycle if or if .

(b) Assume that . Then let, without loss of generality, . Then we have .

(i) Assume that there is an arc from to , say, . Then there is an arc from to .

If there is an arc from to , say, , then we have . Let, without loss of generality, . Then and dominates at least one vertex of . This leads to the complementary cycle if or if .

Otherwise, . Then we have -cycle . Let, without loss of generality, . Then .

If , then we have the complementary cycle .

If , then and we have the complementary cycle .

(ii) Assume that . Then and we have -cycle .

If , then , , and . This leads to the complementary cycle .

Now assume that . Then .

If , then and we have the complementary cycle .

If , then and we have the complementary cycle .*Case 2.4*. Assume that .

Let . If , then there exists one vertex such that , a contradiction to . Therefore, . Let, without loss of generality, , . Since , let, without loss of generality, the set induce the -cycle , and the set induces the -cycle such that . In addition, implies . It is evident that and are complementary cycles in .

If , then there exist two vertices such that . Since there is an arc between and , or , a contradiction.

Therefore, and . Thus or .

() Assume that first. Let, without loss of generality, .

(a) If , then and .

(i) If , then there exists one vertex such that , a contradiction.

(ii) If, without loss of generality, and , then . Then we have , , and . This leads to the complementary cycles and .

(b) If, without loss of generality, and we let , then , , and .

(i) Let .

Assume that . Then and . In addition, implies .

If or , say, , then and . Since , or . In the former case there exist two complementary cycles and , and in the latter case two complementary cycles are and .

If , then . In addition, if , we have the complementary cycles and ; if and there exists an arc from to , say, , then we have the complementary cycles and ; if , then , and we have the complementary cycles and .

Now assume that or . Then and . Otherwise, there exists one vertex such that , a contradiction. Therefore, let, without loss of generality, . Then we have , , and . Let, without loss of generality, . This leads to the contradiction .

(ii) Let . Then and . Let, without loss of generality, . If , let, without loss of generality, , ; then , , and . It is evident that and are complementary cycles in . If , let, without loss of generality, ; then . This leads to the contradiction .

() Assume that . Let, without loss of generality, and .

(a) If , then and . This leads to the contradiction .

(b) If , then , , , and . This leads to the complementary cycles and .

(c) If, without loss of generality, , then , , and . This leads to and .

If or , say, , then and . This leads to the complementary cycles and .

If , then . This leads to the complementary cycles and .

Thus we finish proof of case *Case 3*. One has and . Then .

The case is equivalent to the case of “, , and ,” which has been proved in Case .

#### 4. Concluding Remarks

In this paper, we proved the existence of complementary cycles in a kind of irregular multipartite tournaments. Problems on complementary cycles in irregular multidigraphs have important significance.

In 2002, Volkmann gave a new type of connectivity condition for a multipartite tournament to be cycle complementary. They proposed the following conjecture.

Conjecture 13 (see Volkmann [16] 2002). *Let be a multipartite tournament. If *