Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 32(3) (2012) 461-471
doi: 10.7151/dmgt.1618

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The Total {k}-domatic Number of Digraphs

Seyed Mahmoud Sheikholeslami

Department of Mathematics
Azarbaijan University of Tarbiat Moallem
Tarbriz, I.R. Iran

Lutz Volkmann

Lehrstuhl II für Mathematik
RWTH Aachen University
52056 Aachen, Germany


For a positive integer k, a total {k}-dominating function of a digraph D is a function f from the vertex set V(D) to the set {0,1,2, …,k} such that for any vertex v ∈ V(D), the condition ∑u ∈ N(v)f(u) ≥ k is fulfilled, where N(v) consists of all vertices of D from which arcs go into v. A set {f1,f2, …,fd} of total {k}-dominating functions of D with the property that ∑i = 1dfi(v) ≤ k for each v ∈ V(D), is called a total {k}-dominating family (of functions) on D. The maximum number of functions in a total {k}-dominating family on D is the total {k}-domatic number of D, denoted by dt{k}(D). Note that dt{1}(D) is the classic total domatic number dt(D). In this paper we initiate the study of the total {k}-domatic number in digraphs, and we present some bounds for dt{k}(D). Some of our results are extensions of well-know properties of the total domatic number of digraphs and the total {k}-domatic number of graphs.

Keywords: digraph, total {k}-dominating function, total {k}-domination number, total {k}-domatic number

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C69.


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Received 31 March 2011
Revised 29 August 2011
Accepted 30 August 2011