# Colloquium by Matthieu Rosenfeld (LIRMM): Bounding the number of sets defined by a given MSO formula on trees

Monadic second order logic can be used to express many classical notions of sets of vertices of a graph as for instance: dominating sets, induced matchings, perfect codes, independent sets, or irredundant sets. Bounds on the number of sets of any such family of sets are interesting from a combinatorial point of view and have algorithmic applications. Many such bounds on different families of sets over different classes of graphs are already provided in the literature. In particular, Rote recently showed that the number of minimal dominating sets in trees of order n is at most 95^(n/13) and that this bound is asymptotically sharp up to a multiplicative constant. We build on his work to show that what he did for minimal dominating sets can be done for any family of sets definable by a monadic second-order formula.

I will first illustrate the general technique with a really simple concrete example ( Dominating independent sets). Then I will explain how to generalize this into a more general technique. I will end my talk by mentioning a few of the results obtained with this technique.

### Time & Location

Apr 26, 2021 | 04:00 PM s.t.

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