Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 33(4) (2013) 747-757
doi: 10.7151/dmgt.1709

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The b-domatic Number of a Graph

Odile Favaron

LRI, UMR 8623, University Paris-Sud and CNRS
F-91405 Orsay cedex, France


Besides the classical chromatic and achromatic numbers of a graph related to minimum or minimal vertex partitions into independent sets, the b-chromatic number was introduced in 1998 thanks to an alternative definition of the minimality of such partitions. When independent sets are replaced by dominating sets, the parameters corresponding to the chromatic and achromatic numbers are the domatic and adomatic numbers d(G) and ad(G). We introduce the b-domatic number bd(G) as the counterpart of the b-chromatic number by giving an alternative definition of the maximality of a partition into dominating sets. We initiate the study of bd(G) by giving some properties and examples.

Keywords: domatic number, adomatic number, b-domatic number, b-chromatic number, idomatic number, partition

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C69, 05C70.


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Received 13 March 2012
Revised 14 July 2012
Accepted 17 September 2012