## Abstract

A graph G is well-covered if all its maximal independent sets are of the same cardinality. Assume that a weight function w is defined on its vertices. Then G is w-well-covered if all maximal independent sets are of the same weight, where a weight of a set is the sum of weights of its elements. For every graph G, the set of weight functions w such that G is w-well-covered is a vector space. Given an input graph G without cycles of lengths 4, 5, and 6, we characterize polynomially the vector space of weight functions w for which G is w-well-covered. Let B be an induced complete bipartite subgraph of G on vertex sets of bipartition BX and BY. Assume that there exists an independent set S such that each of S ∪ BX and S ∪ BY is a maximal independent set of G. Then B is a generating subgraph of G, and it produces the restriction w(BX) = w(BY). It is easy to see that for every weight function w, if G is w-well-covered, then the above restriction is satisfied. In the special case, where B_{X} = {x} and BY = {y}, we say that xy is a relating edge. Recognizing relating edges and generating subgraphs is an NP-complete problem. However, we provide a polynomial algorithm for recognizing generating subgraphs of an input graph without cycles of lengths 5, 6 and 7. We also present a polynomial algorithm for recognizing relating edges in an input graph without cycles of lengths 5 and 6.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 158-167 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Journal | Discrete Applied Mathematics |

Volume | 186 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Jan 2015 |

Externally published | Yes |

## Keywords

- Generating subgraph
- Independent set
- Relating edge
- Well-covered graph

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Applied Mathematics