A subset S of initially infected vertices of a graph G is called forcing if we can infect the entire graph by iteratively applying the following process. At each step, any infected vertex which has a unique uninfected neighbour, infects this neighbour. The forcing number of G is the minimum cardinality of a forcing set in G. It was introduced independently as a bound for the minimum rank of a graph, and as a tool in quantum information theory.
The focus of this talk is on the forcing number of the random graph. Furthermore, we will state our bounds on the forcing number of pseudorandom graphs and related problems. The results are joint work with Thomas Kalinowski and Benny Sudakov.
- Combinatorial Theory Seminar