Graphs and Combinatorics

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 221–231 | Cite as

Hamiltonicity in balancedk-partite graphs

  • Guantao Chen
  • Ralph J. Faudree
  • Ronald J. Gould
  • Michael S. Jacobson
  • Linda Lesniak
Original Papers


One of the earliest results about hamiltonian graphs was given by Dirac. He showed that if a graphG has orderp and minimum degree at least\(\frac{p}{2}\) thenG is hamiltonian. Moon and Moser showed that a balanced bipartite graph (the two partite sets have the same order)G has orderp and minimum degree more than\(\frac{p}{4}\) thenG is hamiltonian. In this paper, their idea is generalized tok-partite graphs and the following result is obtained: LetG be a balancedk-partite graph with orderp = kn. If the minimum degree
$$\delta (G) > \left\{ {\begin{array}{*{20}c} {\left( {\frac{k}{2} - \frac{1}{{k + 1}}} \right)n if k is odd } \\ {\left( {\frac{k}{2} - \frac{2}{{k + 2}}} \right)n if k is even} \\ \end{array} } \right.$$
thenG is hamiltonian. The result is best possible.


Early Result Bipartite Graph Minimum Degree Hamiltonian Graph Balance Bipartite Graph 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guantao Chen
    • 1
  • Ralph J. Faudree
    • 2
  • Ronald J. Gould
    • 3
  • Michael S. Jacobson
    • 4
  • Linda Lesniak
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsNorth Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of MemphisMemphisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Math. & Comp. Sci.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Department of MathematicsUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  5. 5.Department of Math. & Comp. Sci.Drew UniversityMadisonUSA

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