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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory

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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 22(1) (2002) 17-29
DOI: 10.7151/dmgt.1155

Weakly P-Saturated Graphs

Mieczysław Borowiecki and Elżbieta Sidorowicz

Institute of Mathematics University of Zielona Góra
65-246 Zielona Góra, Podgórna 50, Poland


For a hereditary property P let kP (G) denote the number of forbidden subgraphs contained in G. A graph G is said to be weakly P -saturated, if G has the property P and there is a sequence of edges of [`G], say e1,e2,…,el, such that the chain of graphs G = G0 ⊂ G0+e1 ⊂ G1+e2 ⊂ … ⊂ Gl−1+el = Gl = Kn (Gi+1 = Gi+ei+1) has the following property: kP (Gi+1) > kP(Gi), 0 ≤ i ≤ l−1.

In this paper we shall investigate some properties of weakly saturated graphs. We will find upper bound for the minimum number of edges of weakly Dk-saturated graphs of order n. We shall determine the number wsat(n,P) for some hereditary properties.

Keywords: graph, extremal problems, hereditary property, weakly saturated graphs.

2000 Mathematics Subject Classifications: 05C35.


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Received 20 August 2000
Revised 3 December 2001