Kernels by Monochromatic Paths and Color-Perfect Digraphs

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For a digraph D, V (D) and A(D) will denote the sets of vertices and arcs of D respectively. In an arc-colored digraph, a subset K of V(D) is said to be kernel by monochromatic paths (mp-kernel) if (1) for any two different vertices x, y in N there is no monochromatic directed path between them (N is mp-independent) and (2) for each vertex u in V (D) \ N there exists v ∈ N such that there is a monochromatic directed path from u to v in D (N is mp-absorbent). If every arc in D has a different color, then a kernel by monochromatic paths is said to be a kernel. Two associated digraphs to an arc-colored digraph are the closure and the color-class digraph CC(D). In this paper we will approach an mp-kernel via the closure of induced subdigraphs of D which have the property of having few colors in their arcs with respect to D. We will introduce the concept of color-perfect digraph and we are going to prove that if D is an arc-colored digraph such that D is a quasi color-perfect digraph and CC(D) is not strong, then D has an mp-kernel. Previous interesting results are generalized, as for example Richardson′s Theorem.

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researchers in the fields of: colourings, partitions (general colourings), hereditary properties, independence and dominating structures (sets, paths, cycles, etc.), cycles, local properties, products of graphs


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