Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science |

Gallai's path decomposition conjecture states that if $G$ is a connected graph on $n$ vertices, then the edges of $G$ can be decomposed into at most $\lceil \frac{n }{2} \rceil$ paths. A graph is said to be an odd semi-clique if it can be obtained from a clique on $2k+1$ vertices by deleting at most $k-1$ edges. Bonamy and Perrett asked if the edges of every connected graph $G$ on $n$ vertices can be decomposed into at most $\lfloor \frac{n}{2} \rfloor$ paths unless $G$ is an odd semi-clique. A graph $G$ is said to be 2-degenerate if every subgraph of $G$ has a vertex of degree at most $2$. In this paper, we prove that the edges of any connected 2-degenerate graph $G$ on $n$ vertices can be decomposed into at most $\lfloor \frac{n }{2} \rfloor$ paths unless $G$ is a triangle.

Source: arXiv.org:2211.07159

Volume: vol. 25:1

Section: Graph Theory

Published on: May 30, 2023

Accepted on: May 4, 2023

Submitted on: November 16, 2022

Keywords: Mathematics - Combinatorics,Computer Science - Discrete Mathematics,05C38, 05C70,G.2.2

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