DIMACS TR: 99-28

On Parallel Edges in Cycles

Authors: E. Boros and V. Gurvich


Let $n\leq N$ be positive integers. We consider the problem of finding an $n$-cycle with no parallel edges in a perfect $N$-gon in the Euclidian plane. We prove that there exist no such $n$-cycle if and only if $N=n$ and even. And we show by construction that for every other pair $(N,n)$, $N \geq n \geq 3$, such an $n$-cycle exists.

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