Domination game on uniform hypergraphs

Csilla Bujtás, Balázs Patkós, Z. Tuza, Máté Vizer

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In this paper we introduce and study the domination game on hypergraphs. This is played on a hypergraph H by two players, namely Dominator and Staller, who alternately select vertices such that each selected vertex enlarges the set of vertices dominated so far. The game is over if all vertices of H are dominated. Dominator aims to finish the game as soon as possible, while Staller aims to delay the end of the game. If each player plays optimally and Dominator starts, the length of the game is the invariant ‘game domination number’ denoted by γg(H). This definition is the generalization of the domination game played on graphs and it is a special case of the transversal game on hypergraphs. After some basic general results, we establish an asymptotically tight upper bound on the game domination number of k-uniform hypergraphs. In the remaining part of the paper we prove that γg(H)≤5n∕9 if H is a 3-uniform hypergraph of order n and does not contain isolated vertices. This also implies the following new result for graphs: If G is an isolate-free graph on n vertices and each of its edges is contained in a triangle, then γg(G)≤5n∕9.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDiscrete Applied Mathematics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Domination game
  • Game domination number
  • Uniform hypergraphs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics

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