Tattooing and the Tattoo Number of Graphs

Research paper by Johan Kok, Naduvath Sudev

Indexed on: 01 Mar '16Published on: 01 Mar '16Published in: Mathematics - General Mathematics


Consider a network $D$ of pipes which have to be cleaned using some cleaning agents, called brushes, assigned to some vertices. The minimum number of brushes required for cleaning the network $D$ is called its brush number. The tattooing of a simple connected directed graph $D$ is a particular type of the cleaning in which an arc are coloured by the colour of the colour-brush transiting it and the tattoo number of $D$ is a corresponding derivative of brush numbers in it. Tattooing along an out-arc of a vertex $v$ may proceed if a minimum set of colour-brushes is allocated (primary colours) or combined with those which have arrived (including colour blends) together with mutation of permissible new colour blends, has cardinality greater than or equal to $d^+_G(v)$.