Lines in bipartite graphs and in 2-metric spaces

Martín Matamala, José Zamora

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Abstract

The line generated by two distinct points, x and y, in a finite metric space M = (V, d), is the set of points given by (Formula presented.) It is denoted by (Formula presented.). A 2-set {x,y} such that (Formula presented.) is called a universal pair and its generated line a universal line. Chen and Chvátal conjectured that in any finite metric space either there is a universal line, or there are at least |V| different (nonuniversal) lines. Chvátal proved that this is indeed the case when the metric space has distances in the set {0, 1, 2}. Aboulker et al proposed the following strengthenings for Chen and Chvátal conjecture in the context of metric spaces induced by finite graphs: First, the number of lines plus the number of bridges of the graph is at least the number of points. Second, the number of lines plus the number of universal pairs is at least the number of points of the space. In this study, we prove that the first conjecture is true for bipartite graphs different from C4 or K2,3, and that the second conjecture is true for metric spaces with distances in the set {0, 1, 2}.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-585
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Graph Theory
Volume95
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Chen-Chvátal conjecture
  • graph metric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geometry and Topology

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