Roman Domination Number of the Cartesian Products of Paths and Cycles

  • Polona Pavlič
  • Janez Žerovnik
Keywords: Roman domination, Cartesian product, Polygraphs, Algorithm


Roman domination is an historically inspired variety of domination in graphs, in which vertices are assigned a value from the set $\{0,1,2\}$ in such a way that every vertex assigned the value 0 is adjacent to a vertex assigned the value 2. The Roman domination number is the minimum possible sum of all values in such an assignment. Using an algebraic approach we  present an $O(C)$-time algorithm for computing the Roman domination numbers of special classes of graphs called polygraphs, which include rotagraphs and fasciagraphs. Using this algorithm we determine formulas for the Roman domination numbers of the Cartesian products of the form $P_n\Box P_k$, $P_n\Box C_k$, for $k\leq8$ and $n \in {\mathbb N}$, and $C_n\Box P_k$ and $C_n\Box C_k$, for $k\leq 6$ and $n \in {\mathbb N}$, for paths $P_n$ and cycles $C_n$. We also find all special graphs called Roman graphs in these families of graphs.
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