The $r$-Matching Sequencibility of Complete Graphs

  • Adam Mammoliti
Keywords: Graph, Matching, Edge ordering, Matching sequencibility, Graph decomposition, Hypergraph


Alspach [ Bull. Inst. Combin. Appl., 52 (2008), pp. 7--20] defined the maximal matching sequencibility of a graph $G$, denoted $ms(G)$, to be the largest integer $s$ for which there is an ordering of the edges of $G$ such that every $s$ consecutive edges form a matching. Alspach also proved that $ms(K_n) = \bigl\lfloor\frac{n-1}{2}\bigr\rfloor$. Brualdi et al. [Australas. J. Combin., 53 (2012), pp. 245--256] extended the definition to cyclic matching sequencibility of a graph $G$, denoted $cms(G)$, which allows cyclical orderings and proved that $cms(K_n) = \bigl\lfloor\frac{n-2}{2}\bigr\rfloor$.

In this paper, we generalise these definitions to require that every $s$ consecutive edges form a subgraph where every vertex has degree at most $r\geq 1$, and we denote the maximum such number for a graph $G$ by $ms_r(G)$ and $cms_r(G)$ for the non-cyclic and cyclic cases, respectively. We conjecture that $ms_r(K_n) = \bigl\lfloor\frac{rn-1}{2}\bigr\rfloor$ and ${\bigl\lfloor\frac{rn-1}{2}\bigr\rfloor-1}
\leq cms_r(K_n)  \leq  \bigl\lfloor\frac{rn-1}{2}\bigr\rfloor$ and that both bounds are attained for some $r$ and $n$. We prove these conjectured identities for the majority of cases, by defining and characterising selected decompositions of $K_n$. We also provide bounds on $ms_r(G)$ and $cms_r(G)$ as well as results on hypergraph analogues of $ms_r(G)$ and $cms_r(G)$.
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