Minimum Weight H-Decompositions of Graphs: The Bipartite Case

Sousa, Teresa. "Minimum Weight H-Decompositions of Graphs: The Bipartite Case." Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. 18(1) (2011): P126, 10 pp.


Given graphs G and H and a positive number b, a weighted (H,b)-decomposition of G is a partition of the edge set of G such that each part is either a single edge or forms an H-subgraph. We assign a weight of b to each H-subgraph in the decomposition and a weight of 1 to single edges. The total weight of the decomposition is the sum of the weights of all elements in the decomposition. Let f(n,H,b) be the the smallest number such that any graph G of order n admits an (H,b)-decomposition with weight at most f(n,H,b). The value of the function f(n,H,b) when b=1 was determined, for large n, by Pikhurko and Sousa [Pikhurko, O. and Sousa, T., Minimum H-Decompositions of Graphs, Journal of Combinatorial Theory, B, 97 (2007), 1041--1055.Here we determine the asymptotic value of f(n,H,b)for any fixed bipartite graph H and any value of b as n tends to infinity.

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