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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory

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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory


Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 20(1) (2000) 5-21
DOI: 10.7151/dmgt.1103


Ewa Łazuka and Jerzy Żurawiecki

Department of Applied Mathematics
Technical University of Lublin
Bernardyńska 13, 20-950 Lublin, POLAND



We show that the problem of finding the family of all so called the locally reducible factors in the binary de Bruijn graph of order k is equivalent to the problem of finding all colourings of edges in the binary de Bruijn graph of order k−1, where each vertex belongs to exactly two cycles of different colours. In this paper we define and study such colouring for the greater class of the de Bruijn graphs in order to define a class of so called regular factors, which is not so difficult to construct. Next we prove that each locally reducible factor of the binary de Bruijn graph is a subgraph of a certain regular factor in the m-ary de Bruijn graph.

Keywords: the de Bruijn graph, decomposition, colouring of edges in a cycle, factors of the de Bruijn graph, locally reducible factor, feedback function, locally reducible function.

1991 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15, 05C20, 05C38, 05C45, 94A55.


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Received 21 September 1998