Opuscula Math. 29, no. 3 (2009), 223-228
On the global offensive alliance number of a tree
Abstract. For a graph \(G=(V,E)\), a set \(S \subseteq V\) is a dominating set if every vertex in \(V-S\) has at least a neighbor in \(S\). A dominating set \(S\) is a global offensive alliance if for every vertex \(v\) in \(V-S\), at least half of the vertices in its closed neighborhood are in \(S\). The domination number \(\gamma(G)\) is the minimum cardinality of a dominating set of \(G\) and the global offensive alliance number \(\gamma_o(G)\) is the minimum cardinality of a global offensive alliance of \(G\). We first show that every tree of order at least three with \(l\) leaves and \(s\) support vertices satisfies \(\gamma_o(T) \geq (n-l+s+1)/3\) and we characterize extremal trees attaining this lower bound. Then we give a constructive characterization of trees with equal domination and global offensive alliance numbers.
Keywords: global offensive alliance number, domination number, trees.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C69.