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2009 Maximum minimal rankings of oriented trees
Sarah Novotny, Juan Ortiz, Darren Narayan
Involve 2(3): 289-295 (2009). DOI: 10.2140/involve.2009.2.289

Abstract

Given a graph G, a k-ranking is a labeling of the vertices using k labels so that every path between two vertices with the same label contains a vertex with a larger label. A k-ranking f is minimal if for all vV(G) we have f(v) g(v) for all rankings g. We explore this problem for directed graphs. Here every directed path between two vertices with the same label contains a vertex with a larger label. The rank number of a digraph D is the smallest k such that D has a minimal k-ranking. The arank number of a digraph is the largest k such that D has a minimal k-ranking. We present new results involving rank numbers and arank numbers of directed graphs. In 1999, Kratochvíl and Tuza showed that the rank number of an oriented of a tree is bounded by one greater than the rank number of its longest directed path. We show that the arank analog does not hold. In fact we will show that the arank number of an oriented tree can be made arbitrarily large where the largest directed path has only three vertices.

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Sarah Novotny. Juan Ortiz. Darren Narayan. "Maximum minimal rankings of oriented trees." Involve 2 (3) 289 - 295, 2009. https://doi.org/10.2140/involve.2009.2.289

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Received: 18 August 2008; Revised: 29 April 2009; Accepted: 3 June 2009; Published: 2009
First available in Project Euclid: 20 December 2017

zbMATH: 1177.05044
MathSciNet: MR2551126
Digital Object Identifier: 10.2140/involve.2009.2.289

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Primary: 05C15, 05C20‎

Rights: Copyright © 2009 Mathematical Sciences Publishers

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