Journal of Combinatorial Optimization

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 1383–1398 | Cite as

On judicious partitions of graphs



Let \(k, m\) be positive integers, let \(G\) be a graph with \(m\) edges, and let \(h(m)=\sqrt{2m+\frac{1}{4}}-\frac{1}{2}\). Bollobás and Scott asked whether \(G\) admits a \(k\)-partition \(V_{1}, V_{2}, \ldots , V_{k}\) such that \(\max _{1\le i\le k} \{e(V_{i})\}\le \frac{m}{k^2}+\frac{k-1}{2k^2}h(m)\) and \(e(V_1, \ldots , V_k)\ge {k-1\over k} m +{k-1\over 2k}h(m) -\frac{(k-2)^{2}}{8k}\). In this paper, we present a positive answer to this problem on the graphs with large number of edges and small number of vertices with degrees being multiples of \(k\). Particularly, if \(d\) is not a multiple of \(k\) and \(G\) is \(d\)-regular with \(m\ge {9\over 128}k^4(k-2)^2\), then \(G\) admits a \(k\)-partition as desired. We also improve an earlier result by showing that \(G\) admits a partition \(V_{1}, V_{2}, \ldots , V_{k}\) such that \(e(V_{1},V_{2},\ldots ,V_{k})\ge \frac{k-1}{k}m+\frac{k-1}{2k}h(m)-\frac{(k-2)^{2}}{2(k-1)}\) and \(\max _{1\le i\le k}\{e(V_{i})\}\le \frac{m}{k^{2}}+\frac{k-1}{2k^{2}}h(m)\).


Graph Partition Judicious 

Mathematics Subject Classification

05C35 05C75 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Mathematics, School of Mathematical ScienceNanjing Normal UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Department of Applied MathematicsSouth China Agricultural UniversityGuangzhouChina

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