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Short Dominating Paths and Cycles in the Binary Hypercube
Uri Blass1, Iiro Honkala2, Mark G. Karpovsky3, and Simon Litsyn4
1Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv 69978, Israel
2Department of Mathematics, University of Turku, 20014 Turku, Finland
3College of Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
4Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv 69978, Israel
Annals of Combinatorics 5(1) p.51-59 March, 2001
AMS Subject Classification: 05C69 (94B75, 94B65, 68R10, 05C70, 05C38)
A sequence of binary words of length n is called a cube dominating path, if the Hamming distance between two consecutive words is always one, and every binary word of length n is within Hamming distance one from at least one of these words. If also the first and last words are Hamming distance one apart, the sequence is called a cube dominating cycle. Bounds on the cardinality of such sequences are given, and it is shown that asymptotically the shortest cube dominating path and cycle consist of 2n(1+o(1))/n words.
Keywords: domination, path, cycle, binary hypercube, Hamming distance


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