The IC-Indices of Complete Bipartite Graphs

Chin-Lin Shiue, Hung-Lin Fu

Abstract


Let $G$ be a connected graph, and let $f$ be a function mapping $V(G)$ into ${\Bbb N}$. We define $f(H)=\sum_{v\in{V(H)}}f(v)$ for each subgraph $H$ of $G$. The function $f$ is called an IC-coloring of $G$ if for each integer $k$ in the set $\{1,2,\cdots,f(G)\}$ there exists an (induced) connected subgraph $H$ of $G$ such that $f(H)=k$, and the IC-index of $G$, $M(G)$, is the maximum value of $f(G)$ where $f$ is an IC-coloring of $G$. In this paper, we show that $M(K_{m,n})=3\cdot2^{m+n-2}-2^{m-2}+2$ for each complete bipartite graph $K_{m,n},\,2\leq m\leq n$.


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