Vertex covers and eternal dominating sets
The eternal domination problem requires a graph to be protected against an infinitely long sequence of attacks on vertices by guards located at vertices, the configuration of guards inducing a dominating set at all times. An attack at a vertex with no guard is defended by sending a guard from a neighboring vertex to the attacked vertex. We allow any number of guards to move to neighboring vertices at the same time in response to an attack. We compare the eternal domination number with the vertex cover number of a graph. One of our main results is that the eternal domination number is less than the vertex cover number of any graph of minimum degree at least two having girth at least nine. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Discrete Applied Mathematics
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Klostermeyer, & Mynhardt, C. . (2012). Vertex covers and eternal dominating sets. Discrete Applied Mathematics, 160(7-8), 1183–1190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dam.2011.11.034