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Variations on Cops and Robbers

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posted on 01.11.2010 by Alan Frieze, Michael Krivelevich, Po-Shen Loh

We consider several variants of the classical Cops and Robbers game. We treat the version where the robber can move R≥1 edges at a time, establishing a general upper bound of , where α = 1 + 1/R, thus generalizing the best known upper bound for the classical case R = 1 due to Lu and Peng, and Scott and Sudakov. We also show that in this case, the cop number of an n-vertex graph can be as large as n1 − 1/(R − 2) for finite R≥5, but linear in n if R is infinite. For R = 1, we study the directed graph version of the problem, and show that the cop number of any strongly connected digraph on n vertices is O(n(loglogn)2/logn). Our approach is based on expansion.


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