Honors in Mathematics
Date of Award
Thesis Professor Department
Mathematics and Statistics
Debra Knisley, Donald Luttermoser
A path π = (v1, v2,...vk+1) in a graph G = (V,E) is a downhill path if for every i, 1 < i < k, deg(vi) > deg(vi+1), where deg(vi) denotes the degree of vertex vi ∊ V. The downhill domination number equals the minimum cardinality of a set S ⊂ V having the property that every vertex v ∊ V lies on a downhill path originating from some vertex in S. We investigate downhill domination numbers of graphs and give upper bounds. In particular, we show that the downhill domination number of a graph is at most half its order, and that the downhill domination number of a tree is at most one third its order. We characterize the graphs obtaining each of these bounds.
Honors Thesis - Withheld
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Jamieson, William, "General Bounds on the Downhill Domination Number in Graphs." (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 107. http://dc.etsu.edu/honors/107
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