On k-ordered Hamiltonian graphs

Henry Kierstead, G. N. Sárközy, S. M. Selkow

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A Hamiltonian graph G of order n is k-ordered, 2 ≤ k ≤ n, if for every sequence v1, v2, . . . , vk of k distinct vertices of G, there exists a Hamiltonian cycle that encounters v1, v2, . . . , vk in this order. Define f (k, n) as the smallest integer m for which any graph on n vertices with minimum degree at least m is a k-ordered Hamiltonian graph. In this article, answering a question of Ng and Schultz, we determine f (k, n) if n is sufficiently large in terms of k. Let g (k, n) = [n/2] + [k/2] - 1. More precisely, we show that f(k, n) = g(k, n) if n ≥ 11k - 3. Furthermore, we show that f(k,n) ≥ g(k, n) for any n ≥ 2k. Finally we show that f(k, n) > g(k, n) if 2k < n < 3k - 6.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Graph Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1999


  • Hamiltonian graph
  • k-ordered

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geometry and Topology


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