Critical ideals of signed graphs with twin vertices

Carlos A. Alfaro, Hugo Corrales, Carlos E. Valencia

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© 2017 Elsevier Inc. This paper studies critical ideals of graphs with twin vertices, which are vertices with the same neighbors. A pair of such vertices are called replicated if they are adjacent, and duplicated, otherwise. Critical ideals of graphs having twin vertices have good properties and show regular patterns. Given a graph G=(V,E) and d∈Z|V|, let Gd be the graph obtained from G by duplicating dv times or replicating −dv times the vertex v when dv>0 or dv<0, respectively. Moreover, given δ∈{0,1,−1}|V|, let Tδ(G)={Gd:d∈Z|V| such that dv=0Tδ(G)={Gd:if and only if δv=0 and dvδv>0 otherwise} be the set of graphs sharing the same pattern of duplication or replication of vertices. More than one half of the critical ideals of a graph in Tδ(G) can be determined by the critical ideals of G. The algebraic co-rank of a graph G is the maximum integer i such that the i-th critical ideal of G is trivial. We show that the algebraic co-rank of any graph in Tδ(G) is equal to the algebraic co-rank of Gδ. Moreover, the algebraic co-rank can be determined by a simple evaluation of the critical ideals of G. For a large enough d∈ZV(G), we show that the critical ideals of Gd have similar behavior to the critical ideals of the disjoint union of G and some set {Knv}{v∈V(G)|dv<0} of complete graphs and some set {Tnv}{v∈V(G)|dv>0} of trivial graphs. Additionally, we pose important conjectures on the distribution of the algebraic co-rank of the graphs with twins vertices. These conjectures imply that twin-free graphs have a large algebraic co-rank, meanwhile a graph having small algebraic co-rank has at least one pair of twin vertices.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)99-131
Number of pages85
JournalAdvances in Applied Mathematics
StatePublished - 1 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


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