Uniformly dissociated graphs

Boštjan Brešar, Bert L. Hartnell, Douglas F. Rall


A set D of vertices in a graph G is called a dissociation set if every vertex in D has at most one neighbor in D. We call a graph G uniformly dissociated if all maximal dissociation sets are of the same cardinality. Characterizations of uniformly dissociated graphs with small cardinalities of dissociation sets are proven; in particular, the graphs in which all maximal dissociation sets are of cardinality 2 are the complete graphs on at least two vertices from which possibly a matching is removed, while the graphs in which all maximal dissociation sets are of cardinality 3 are the complements of the K4-free geodetic graphs with diameter 2. A general construction by which any graph can be embedded as an induced subgraph of a uniformly dissociated graph is also presented. In the main result we characterize uniformly dissociated graphs with girth at least 7 to be either isomorphic to C7, or obtainable from an arbitrary graph H with girth at least 7 by identifying each vertex of H with a leaf of a copy of P3.


Dissociation number, well-covered graphs, girth, Moore graph, polarity graph

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26493/1855-3974.1013.46a

ISSN: 1855-3974

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