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1 Saturation Numbers of Books Guantao Chen Dept. of Math. and Stat. Georgia State University Atlanta, GA Ronald J. Gould Ralph J. Faudree Dept. of Math. Sciences University of Memphis Memphis, TN 3815 Dept. of Math. and Computer Science Emory University Atlanta, GA 303 Submitted: Oct 17, 007; Accepted: Sep 5, 008; Published: Sep 15, 008 Mathematics Subject Classifications: 05C35 Abstract A book B p is a union of p triangles sharing one edge. This idea was extended to a generalized book B b,p, which is the union of p copies of a K b+1 sharing a common K b. A graph G is called an H-saturated graph if G does not contain H as a subgraph, but G {xy} contains a copy of H, for any two nonadjacent vertices x and y. The saturation number of H, denoted by sat(h, n), is the minimum number of edges in G for all H-saturated graphs G of order n. We show that where θ(n, p) = 0 otherwise Moreover, we show that ( (p + 1)(n 1) sat(b p, n) = 1 { 1 if p n p/ 0 mod ) + θ(n, p),, provided n p 3 + p. sat(b b,p, n) = 1 ( ) (p + b 3)(n b + 1) + θ(n, p, b) + (b 1)(b ), { 1 if p n p/ b 0 mod where θ(n, p, b) =, provided n 4(p + b) b. 0 otherwise The work was partially supported by NSF grant DMS the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 1

2 1 Introduction In this paper we consider only graphs without loops or multiple edges. For terms not defined here see [1]. We use A := B to define A as B. Let G be a graph with vertex set V (G) and edge set E(G). We call n := G := V (G) the order of G and G := E(G) the size of G. For any v V (G), let N(v) := {w : vw E} be the neighborhood of v, N[v] := N(v) {v} be the closed neighborhood of v, and d(v) := N(v) be the degree of v. Furthermore, if U V (G), we will use U to denote the subgraph of G induced by U. Let N U (v) := N(v) U, and d U (v) := N U (v). The complement of G is denoted by G. Let G and H be graphs. We say that G is H-saturated if H is not a subgraph of G, but for any edge uv in G, H is a subgraph of G + uv. For a fixed integer n, the problem of determining the maximum size of an H-saturated graph of order n is equivalent to determining the classical extremal function ex(h, n). In this paper, we are interested in determining the minimum size of an H-saturated graph. Erdős, Hajnal and Moon introduced this notion in [3] and studied it for cliques. We let sat(h, n) denote the minimum size of an H-saturated graph on n vertices. There are very few graphs for which sat(h, n) is known exactly. In addition to cliques, some of the graphs for which sat(h, n) is known include stars, paths and matchings [6], C 4 [7], C 5 [], certain unions of complete graphs [4] and K,3 in [8]. Some progress has been made for arbitrary cycles and the current best known upper bound on sat(c t, n) can be found in [5]. The best upper bound on sat(h, n) for an arbitrary graph H appears in [6], and it remains an interesting problem to determine a non-trivial lower bound on sat(h, n) A book B p is a union of p triangles sharing one edge. This edge is called the base of the book. The triangles formed on this edge are called the pages of the book. This idea was extended to a generalized book B b,p, b, which is a union of p copies of complete the graph K b+1 sharing a base K b. Again the generalized book has p pages. In particular, B p = B,p denotes the standard book and also note that K 1,p = B 1,p. Our goal is the saturation number of generalized books. We begin however with B p. In order for this to be nontrivial, we must have n B p = p +. Consider first the graph G(n, p), where p is odd and n p+1 + p = 3p+1. This graph has a vertex x of degree n 1. On p 1 of the vertices in N(x) is a complete graph, while on the remaining vertices is a (p 1)-regular graph R (see Figure 1(a)). Then, G(n, p) = (p + 1)(n 1) p 1 p + 1. Next, suppose p is even. Then a similar graph exists, this time with K p/ in one part of N(x) and again a (p 1)-regular graph R on the rest. (Note that in either situation, the parity of n and p may force the (p 1)-regular graph to be almost (p 1)-regular, that is, to have all but one vertex of degree p 1, the other of degree p, and this the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118

3 x x R R Kp 1 (a) Kp (b) Figure 1: Sharpness examples for B p. vertex will have one edge to the K p/ (see Figure 1(b)). Here n 3p+1 and p 1 and n p/ 1 are odd. Finally, note that in the small order case when n < (3p + 1)/ we have K s and K p in N(x) when n = p s and here G(n, p) = (p + 1)(n 1) s(p s). Conjecture 1.1 sat(b p, n) G(n, p). We show the above conjecture is true for n much larger than p and a similar result holds for generalized books B b,p. However, in order for the reader to follow the main proof ideas without going through too many tedious details and cumbersome notation, we give the proof of the values of sat(b p, n) first and then prove the generalized case. The following notation and terminology are needed. Let G be a connected graph. For any two vertices u, v V (G), the distance dist(u, v) between u and v is the length of a shortest path from u to v. The diameter, diam(g), is defined as max{dist(u, v) : u, v V (G)}. Clearly, diam(g) = 1 if and only if G is a complete graph. For any v V (G), let N i (v) := {w : dist(v, w) = i} for each nonnegative integer i. Clearly, N 0 (v) = {v} and N 1 (v) = N(v). For any two vertex sets A, B V (G), let E(A, B) := {ab E : a A and b B} and let e(a, B) := E(A, B). Basic properties of B b,p -saturated graphs We begin with some useful facts necessary to prove the main results. Lemma.1 Let b be an integer and G be a B b,p saturated graph. Then diam(g) =. the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 3

4 Proof: Since G does not contain B b,p as a subgraph, G is not a complete graph; hence diam(g) holds. We now show that diam(g). Let x and y be two nonadjacent vertices of G. Since G + xy contains a copy of B b,p, this book must contain the edge xy. Consequently, dist(x, y) =. Lemma. If G is a B b,p saturated graph, then L := {v V (G) : d(v) p + b 3} induces a clique in G. Proof: Suppose the result fails to hold. Further, say x, y L such that xy / E(G). Then, G + xy contains a copy of B b,p. Since G does not contain B b,p as a subgraph, at least one of x and y must be in the base of the book B b,p. But, every vertex in the base of B b,p has degree at least p + b 1, which leads to a contradiction. Lemma.3 Let G be a B b,p -saturated graph and let v V (G). For any w N (v), N(w) N(v) b 1. Consequently, E(N(v), N (v)) (b 1) N (v). Proof: Let B b,p be a subgraph of G + vw with base B. Since G does not contain B b,p, at least one of v and w must be in the base B. If they are both in B then N(v) N(w) (b ) + p b 1. If exactly one of them is in B, then N(v) N(w) B 1 = b 1. 3 The saturation numbers for books B p Theorem 3.1 Let n and p be two positive integers such that n p 3 + p. Then, where θ(n, p) = sat(b p, n) = 1 ( ) (p + 1)(n 1) + θ(n, p), { 1 if p n p/ 0 mod 0 otherwise. Proof: It is straight forward to verify that G(n, p) is B p -saturated in each of the cases. We will show that sat(b p, n) G(n, p). Suppose the contrary: There is a B p -saturated graph G of order n p 3 +p such that G < G(n, p). If p = 1, then G(n, 1) = n 1. Since G is connected, G n 1 = G(n, 1), so the result is true for p = 1. We now assume that p. Moreover, we notice that δ(g) p since the average degree of G(n, p) is less than p + 1. The following claim plays the key role in the proof. Claim 3. There is a unique vertex u V (G) such that d(u) n/ and N(u) {v V (G) : d(v) p}. the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 4

5 To prove this claim, let v V (G) such that d(v) p. Since δ(g) p such a vertex v exists. Let V i := N i (v) for each nonnegative integer i. By Lemma.1, V (G) = {v} V 1 V. Let n 1 = V 1 and n = V and let e 1, = E(V 1, V ). Clearly, n 1 p. We now obtain w V 1 d(w) e({v}, V 1 )+e 1, = n 1 +e 1,. Counting the total degree sum of G, we obtain that G n 1 + (n 1 + e 1, ) + w V d(w). Using the fact 1 + n 1 + n = n, we deduce the following inequality from the above. G (n 1)(p + 1) + n 1 n 1 p + (e 1, n ) + w V (d(w) p). Since G < G(n, p) = (n 1)(p + 1) p p + θ(n, p), the following holds (e 1, n ) + (d(w) p) < n 1 p n p. (3.1) w V Let S := {w V : d(w) = p and d V1 (w) = 1}, T := V S, T 1 := {w T : d(w) < p}, t 1 := T 1, T := T T 1 and t := T. By Lemma., T 1 is a clique and every vertex in T 1 has degree at least T 1, and so (d(w) p) T 1 T 1 p, w T 1 which, combining with (3.1), gives e 1, n + w T (d(w) p) < n 1 p n 1 p p. (3.) Since, for each w T, either d(w) p+1 or d V1 (w), t e 1, n + w T (d(w) p). So, t p p. (3.3) Since e 1, n 0, inequalities (3.1) and (3.3) give the following w T d(w) < p p + pt p 3 p. (3.4) and w T (d(w) 1) < p p + (p 1)t p 3 p. (3.5) The remainder of the proof of this claim is divided into a few sub-claims. the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 5

6 (A). Let s 1 and s S and let x 1 and x be the corresponding neighbors in V 1 of s 1 and s, respectively. If x 1 x and s 1 s / E(G) then N(s 1 ) N(s ) T. To prove (A), let B p be obtained from G + s 1 s and B be the base. Since d(s 1 ) = d(s ) = p and N(s 1 ) N(s ), the edge s 1 s B. Let w B such that w / {s 1, s }. Since w is one vertex in the base of B p, d(w) p + 1. Consequently, w / S T 1. Since d V1 (s 1 ) = d V1 (s ) = 1 and x 1 x, w / V 1, this leaves w T as the only possibility. Thus, N(s 1 ) N(s ) T. Let x V 1 such that d S (x) is maximum among all vertices w V 1 and let Y = N S (x) and Z = S Y. (B). S n p p and Y S /n 1 S /p p. We note that n 1 p and t 1 p 1 since T 1 is a clique and connected to the rest of the graph. Now the first inequality follows since S = n 1 n 1 t 1 t n 1 p (p 1) (p p) = n p p. Since d V1 (s) = 1 for each s S, {N S (u) : u V 1 } gives a partition of S, so that Y S /n 1 S /p (n p p)/p p p p. (C). Z p 1. Consequently, d(x) Y = S Z n/. Assume Z p. For each y Y S, since d(y) = p, Z N(y) ; since Y p, for each z Z, Y N(z). So for any s S there exists s 1 S such that ss 1 / E(G). Thus by (A), S N(T ). Since every vertex w T has a neighbor in V 1, w T (d(w) 1) S. Using (3.5) and (B) we obtain n p p S w T (d(w) 1) < p 3 p, so n < p 3 + p, a contradiction. (D). For each y x, d(y) < n/. Suppose to the contrary that there is a y x such that d(y) n/. Then a contradiction is reached by the followings facts. (1) y v since d(v) p < n/; () y / V 1 {x} since N(Y ) V 1 = {x} and Y n/; (3) y / S T 1 since d(w) p for every vertex w S T 1, and (4) y / T since, by (3.) and e 1, n 0 and d(w) p for each w T, we have, for each u T, d(u) p e 1, n + (d(w) p) p p, w T which gives d(u) p < n/. the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 6

7 Thus, x is the unique vertex of G such that d(x) n/. Since v is an arbitrary vertex such that d(v) p, we conclude that x is adjacent to all vertices of degree at most p. This completes the proof of Claim 3.. We are now in the position to finish the proof of Theorem 3.1. Let L := {v V (G) : d(v) < p}, M := {v V (G) : d(v) = p}, and Q := {v V (G) {x} : d(v) p + 1}. Let l = L, m = M, and q = Q. By Lemma., we have L induces a clique and each vertex in L has degree at least l. By counting degrees in {x}, L, M, and Q, we obtain the following set of inequalities. G (l + m) + l + mp + q(p + 1) = (p + 1)(l + m + q) lp + l (p + 1)(n 1). Thus, Theorem 3.1 holds with only one exception, when p n p/ 0 mod. But this is also true if one of the inequalities above is strict. So we may assume that all equalities hold in the set of inequalities above, which gives us the following statements: l = p/; each vertex in L is only adjacent to x and all other vertices in L; N(x) Q =. If Q, we have dist(v, w) 3 for any v L and w Q, which contradicts diam(g) =. Therefore, Q =. In this case m = n p/ 1 1 mod and the subgraph M induced by M is a p 1 regular graph, which is impossible since both m and p 1 are odd. This contradiction completes the proof of Theorem Generalized books B b,p We first generalize the graph G(n, p) to G(n, b, p). Suppose p is odd and n p+1 + p + b = 3p+1 + b. The graph G(n, b, p) contains a set X of b 1 vertices of degrees n 1, a clique L of p 1 vertices, a subgraph T of n (p 1)/ b + 1 vertices inducing a (p 1)-regular graph where E(L, T ) =. Then, G(n, b, p) = (p + b 3)(n b + 1) + (b 1)(b ). Suppose p is even and n p/ b + 1 is even. Then a similar graph exists, that is, the graph has a set X of b 1 vertices, each of degree n 1, a clique L of p vertices, a the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 7

8 set T of n p/ b + 1 vertices inducing a (p 1)-regular graph, and E(L, T ) =. Then again, G(n, b, p) = (p + b 3)(n b + 1) + (b 1)(b ). Suppose p is even and n p/ b + 1 is odd. Then again a similar graph exists with some modification due to parities (see Figure ). This time, the graph has a set X of b 1 vertices, each of degree n 1, a clique L of p vertices, a set T of n p/ b + 1 vertices inducing an almost (p 1)-regular graph which contains a vertex y of degree p, and E(L, T ) = {xy}, where x is a vertex in L. Then, G(n, b, p) = (p + b 3)(n b + 1) (b 1)(b ). (4.1) K p/ T K b 1 G(n, b, p) Figure : A sharpness example for B b,p. Let f(n, b, p) = (p + b 3)(n b + 1) + (b 1)(b ) + θ(n, b, p), where θ(n, b, p) = 1 if p n p/ b 0 mod and 0 otherwise. Theorem 4.1 Let n, b 3 and p be three positive integers such that n 4(p + b) b. Then, sat(b b,p, n) = 1 f(n, b, p). Proof: It is readily seen that graphs G(n, b, p) defined above are B b,p -saturated graphs of size 1 f(n, b, p), so that sat(b b,p, n) 1 f(n, b, p). We will show that sat(b b,p, n) 1 f(n, b, p). Suppose the contrary: There is a B b,p-saturated graph G with n vertices such that G < f(n, b, p). The main part of the proof is dedicated to establishing the following claim which plays a key role in calculating the total degree sum of G. Claim 4. There exists a clique X in G of order b 1 such that x X N(x) n/ and x X N(x) {v : d(v) < p + b 3}. the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 8

9 To prove Claim 4., let v be an arbitrary vertex of V (G) such that d(v) p + b 4. Since G < f(n, b, p) < (p + b 3)n such a vertex v exists. Let V i := N i (v) for each nonnegative integer i. By Lemma.1, V (G) = {v} V 1 V. Let n 1 = V 1, n = V, and e 1, := E(V 1, V ). Clearly, n 1 = d(v) p + b 4. By Lemma.3, d V1 (w) b 1 for each w V. Clearly, d V (u) = d V1 (w) = e 1, (b 1)n. (4.) u V 1 w V Counting the total degree sum of G, we obtain the following inequalities: G = d(v) + u V 1 d(u) + w V d(w) n 1 + (n 1 + e 1, ) + w V d(w) = n 1 + (n 1 + (b 1)n ) + w V (d V1 (w) (b 1)) + n (p + b ) + w V (d(w) p b + ) = (p + b 3)n + n 1 + w V ((d V1 (w) b + 1) + (d(w) p b + )) = (p + b 3)(n b + 1) (p + b 3)(n 1 + b) + n 1 + w V ((d V1 (w) b + 1) + (d(w) p b + )). Using (4.1), we obtain that ((d V1 (w) b + 1) + (d(w) p b + )) w V (b 1)(b ) n 1 + (p + b 3)(n 1 + b). (4.3) Let S := {w V : d(w) = p + b and d V1 (w) = b 1}, T := V S, T 1 := {w T : d(w) < p + b }, T := T T 1 = {w V : d(w) > p + b or (d(w) = p + b and d V1 (w) b)}, and s := S, t 1 := T 1, t := T. By the definition, we have s + t 1 + t = n and ((d V1 (w) b + 1) + (d(w) p b + )) = 0. (4.4) w S the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 9

10 By Lemma., T 1 is a clique, and so, for each w T 1, d(w) = d V1 (w) + d V (w) b 1 + t 1 1 = t 1 + b. Hence, ((d V1 (w) b + 1) + (d(w) p b + )) t 1 (t 1 p). (4.5) w T 1 Combining (4.3), (4.4), and (4.5), we obtain ((d V1 (w) b + 1) + (d(w) p b + )) w T (b 1)(b ) n 1 + (p + b 3)(n 1 + b) (p + b). (4.6) Since, for each w T, either d V1 (w) > b 1 or d(w) > p + b, t w T ((d V1 (w) b + 1) + (d(w) p b + )) (p + b). (4.7) Using (4.6), (4.7), and that d V1 (w) b 1 for each w T V, we obtain w T d(w) (p + b) + (p + b )t (p + b) 3. (4.8) The remainder of the proof consists of a few sub-claims. (A). For any s 1 and s S and x i N(s i ) V 1 for each i = 1,. If x 1 x and s 1 s / E(G) then N(s 1 ) N(s ) T. Let B b,p be obtained from G + s 1 s and B be the base. Since d(s 1 ) = d(s ) = p + b and N(s 1 ) N(s ), {s 1, s } B. Thus, B (V 1 {s 1, s }) thanks to d V1 (s 1 ) = d V1 (s ) = b 1. So there exists a w T B. Since w B, w N(s 1 ) N(s ), which completes the proof of (A). Let X V 1 such that X = b 1 and ( x X N(x)) S is maximum among all subsets X V 1 with X = b 1. Let Y = ( x X N(x)) S and Z = S Y. Using inequalities n 1 p + b 4, t (p + b), and n 4(p + b) b, we obtain S, which in turn shows that such an X exists. Considering the B b,p obtained by adding the edge vw for a w Y, we conclude X is a clique. (B). S n/+p+b > w T d(w) and Y S / ( n 1 b 1) S /(p+b 4) b 1 p+b. Since n 4(p + b) b and b 3, S = n 1 n 1 t t 1 n 1 (p + b 4) (p + b) (p + b 3) n/ + p + b. Using (4.8) and n 4(p + b) b, we obtain that n/ + p + b > w T d(w). Since d V1 (w) = b 1 for each w S, { x X N S (x) : X V 1 and X = b 1} gives a partition of S. Hence, Y S / ( n 1 b 1). The last two inequalities follow from S n/ + p + b (p + b) b and the choice of v satisfying n 1 p + b 4. the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 10

11 (C). Z < p + b. Consequently, Y n/. Otherwise, assume Z p + b. For every y Y there exists a z Z such that yz / E(G). On the other hand, since Y p + b, for every z Z there exists a y Y such that yz / E(G). Using (A), we obtain S N(T ), so that w T d(w) S, which contradicts (B). (D). For each clique W with W = b 1 and W X, we have w W N(w) < n/. Suppose the contrary: There is a clique W X such that W = b 1 and w W N(w) n/. Then a contradiction is reached by the following listed facts: (1). W ({v} S T 1 ) = since vertices in {v} S T 1 have degree less than p+b 3 < n/; (). W V 1 since N(Y ) V 1 = X W and Y = S Z n/; and (3). W T = since w T d(w) (p + b) 3 < n/, a contradiction. From D, we obtain that X is the unique clique of G such that X = b 1 and x X N(x) n/. Since v is an arbitrary vertex such that d(v) p + b 4, we conclude that x X N(x) contains all vertices of degree at most p + b 4. So we have completed the proof of Claim 4.. Let L := {v V (G) : d(v) < p + b }, M := {v V (G) : p + b d(v) p + b 4}, and Q := {v V (G) X : d(v) p + b 3}. Let l = L, m = M, and q = Q. By Lemma., we have L is a clique and each vertex in L has degree at least l + b. We then have the following inequalities on the total degree by counting degrees in X, L, M, and Q. G (b 1)(l + m + b ) + l(l + b ) + m(p + b ) + q(p + b 3) = (p + b 3)(l + m + q) l(p l) + (b 1)(b ) (p + b 3)(n b + 1) + (b 1)(b ). So Theorem 4.1 holds with one exception, that p n p/ b 0 mod. Furthermore, Theorem 4.1 holds if one of the inequalities is strict. Thus we may assume that p is even and n p/ b + 1 is odd, and all equalities hold in the set of inequalities above, which gives us the following statements: l = p/; each vertex in L is only adjacent to vertices in L X; ( x X N(x)) Q =. If Q, we have dist(v, w) 3 for any v L and w Q, which contradicts diam(g) =. Therefore, Q =. In this case m = n p/ b mod and the subgraph M the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 11

12 induced by M is a p 1 regular graph, which is impossible since both m and p 1 are odd. Acknowledgment: The authors would like to thank the referees for their excellent suggestions. References [1] G. Chartrand and L. Lesniak, Graphs & Digraphs, Third Edition, Chapman and Hall, London, [] Y. Chen, Minimum C 5 -Saturated Graphs, submitted. [3] P. Erdős, A. Hajnal and J.W. Moon. A problem in graph theory. Amer. Math. Monthly 71 (1964) [4] M. Ferrara, R.J. Faudree, R.J. Gould, M.S. Jacobson, tk p -Saturated graphs of minimum size, to appear. Discrete Math. [5] T. Luczak, R. Gould and J. Schmitt. Constructive Upper Bounds for Cycle Saturated Graphs of Minimum Size, Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 13, (006), R9. [6] L. Kásonyi and Z. Tuza. Saturated Graphs with Minimal Number of Edges. J. of Graph Theory, 10 (1986) [7] L.T. Ollmann. K, -saturated graphs with a minimal number of edges, Proc. 3rd Southeastern Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing, (197) [8] O. Pikhurko and J. Schmitt. A Note on Minimum K,3 -Saturated Graphs, Australasian J. Combin. 40 (008), the electronic journal of combinatorics 15 (008), #R118 1

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