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Destroying cycles in digraphs

  • Molly Dunkum
  • Peter Hamburger
  • Attila Pór


For a simple directed graph G with no directed triangles, let β(G) be the size of the smallest subset XE(G) such that G\X has no directed cycles, and let γ(G) denote the number of unordered pairs of nonadjacent vertices in G. Chudnovsky, Seymour, and Sullivan showed that β(G) ≤ γ(G), and conjectured that β(G) ≤ \(\tfrac{{\gamma (G)}} {2}\) . In this paper we prove that β(G)<0.88γ(G).

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

05C20 05C38 05C85 


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© János Bolyai Mathematical Society and Springer Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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