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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory

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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory


Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 29(2) (2009) 401-409
DOI: 10.7151/dmgt.1455


Peter Mihók

Department of Applied Mathematics
Faculty of Economics, Technical University
B. Nemcovej, 040 01 Košice, Slovak Republic and
Mathematical Institute, Slovak Academy of Science
Gresákova 6, 040 01 Košice, Slovak Republic

Jozef Miskuf

Institute of Mathematics
Faculty of Science, P.J. Safárik University
Jesenná 5, 041 54 Košice, Slovak Republic

Gabriel Semanišin

Institute of Computer Science
Faculty of Science, P.J. Safárik University
Jesenná 5, 041 54 Košice, Slovak Republic


A graph property is any isomorphism closed class of simple graphs. For a simple finite graph H, let → H denote the class of all simple countable graphs that admit homomorphisms to H, such classes of graphs are called hom-properties. Given a graph property P, a graph G ∈ P is universal in P if each member of P is isomorphic to an induced subgraph of G. In particular, we consider universal graphs in → H and we give a new proof of the existence of a universal graph in → H, for any finite graph H.

Keywords: universal graph, weakly universal graph, hom-property, core.

2000 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15, 05C75.


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Received 20 January 2008
Revised 8 July 2009
Accepted 8 July 2009