Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Gexin Yu

Committee Members

C. Ryan Vinroot

Virginia Torczon


Let G be a graph on n vertices labeled v_1,...,v_n. Suppose that on each vertex there is a pebble, p_j, which has a destination of v_j. During each step, a disjoint set of edges is selected and the pebbles on an edge are swapped. The routing problem asks what the minimum number of steps necessary for any permutation of the pebbles to be routed so that for each pebble, p_i is on v_i. Li, Lu, and Yang prove that the routing number of a cycle of n vertices is equal to n-1. They conjecture that for n >= 5, if the routing number of a permutation on a cycle is n-1, then the permutation is (123...n) or its inverse. We prove that the conjecture holds for all even n.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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