A vertex v of a graph G is locally connected if the set of neighbors N(v) of v induces a connected subgraph in G. Let B(G) denote the set of vertices of G that are not locally connected. Then G is almost locally connected if B(G) is an independent set and for any vertex x in B(G), there is a vertex y in V(G) - x such that N(x) ∪ y induces a connected subgraph of G. The main result of this paper is that an almost locally connected claw-free graph on at least 4 vertices is Hamilton-connected if and only if it is 3-connected. This generalizes the result by Asratian that a locally connected claw-free graph on at least 4 vertices is Hamilton-connected if and only if it is 3-connected [Journal of Graph Theory 23 (1996) 191–201].
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2016|
- almost locally connected
- Claw-free graph