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Alexander V. Evako^{ }

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A graph theoretical model of a continuous space is a graph with the same topological structure as its continuous counterpart. A digital closed n-dimensional manifold with a locally spherical topology is a graph theoretic model for a continuous closed n-dimensional manifold. This paper defines and studies properties of a new class of digital n-dimensional spaces with a locally non-spherical topology. We prove that such spaces have the dimension n≥3. We define and investigate properties of digital 3- and 5-dimensional closed surfaces with a local toroidal and projective plane topology. These spaces have no direct continuous counterparts among n-dimensional manifolds in classical topology. These results arise questions like what physical, chemical or biological structures can be described by digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology.

This paper studies the structure of graphs that are digital n-dimensional spaces with a locally spherical and locally non-spherical topology. Digital n-dimensional spaces with a locally spherical topology are graph theoretical models of continuous n-dimensional spaces as it is shown in ^{ 7, 11}. We discuss the particular case when the graph is a digital n-dimensional surface with a locally non-spherical topology.

The key issue raised by this paper is what physical, chemical or biological structures are that can be represented by graphs that are digital n-dimensional manifolds with a locally non-spherical topology.

Constructing and analyzing n-dimensional discrete and digitized images of continuous objects is central to many applications: physics, geoscience, computer graphics, fluid dynamics and medicine ^{ 16} are obvious examples.

In physics, an abundant number of papers is devoted to the study of structures and processes involving graphs and non-orientable spaces.

A a lattice structure of a nucleus is studied in many theoretical models. A review of works devoted to the structures of nuclei as the result of octahedron shaped protons and neutrons can be found in ^{ 1}.

Postulating that physical space is described by a 3-dimensional cubic lattice, the author introduces and investigates the elementary particle cube that is the graph with 27 adjacent points, and considers its points as pre-elementary particles (see ^{ 12}). Each elementary particle is described by a unique subgraph of the graph.

In ^{ 15}, numerical methods are used in the study of lattice models on non-orientable surfaces such as a Moebius strip and a Klein bottle. Graph theoretical and combinatorial models for continuous physical spaces were considered in ^{ 10}.

Since analytic solutions of many problems arising in theories involving continuous objects in general and non-orientable surfaces in particular can be obtained only on simple geometric regions, it is crucial to replace continuous objects with mathematically correct discrete models that allows to apply computational or numerical methods.

There are a number of different frameworks to represent discrete models of continuous objects. Graph-theoretic approach equips a digital image with a graph structure based on the local adjacency relations of points (see e.g. ^{ 2, 3, 4}). In paper ^{ 4}, digital n-surfaces were defined as simple undirected graphs and basic properties of n-surfaces were studied. Properties of digital n-manifolds were investigated in ^{ 5, 6, 9, 10}.

Paper ^{ 11} proves that the intersection graph of any LCL cover of a continuous closed n-dimensional manifold is necessarily a digital n-dimensional manifold preserving global and local topological features of its continuous counterpart.

The present paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes properties of contractible graphs, homotopy equivalent graphs and contractible transformations.

Sections 3 and 4 summarize necessary results related to the structure of graphs that are digital n-dimensional surfaces, spheres and manifolds, and to the homeomorphism of graphs as discrete spaces..

In section 5, we define digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology, and consider difference between digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally spherical and locally non-spherical topology. We study properties of digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology and show that the dimension . The examples are given of digital n-dimensional surfaces with a local toroidal topology and local projective plane topology.

Our results could easily be applied to analyze the topological structure of atoms, molecules and any objects having a discrete basis. These results arise questions like what physical, chemical or biological structure can be described by digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology.

In order to make this paper self-contained we will summarize the necessary information from previous papers. Traditionally, a digital image has a graph structure (see ^{ 2, 3, 4}). A digital space G is a simple undirected graph G=(V, W) where V=(v_{1}, v_{2}, ... v_{n}, …) is a finite or countable set of points, and W = ((v_{р}v_{q}),....) is a set of edges. Topological properties of G as a digital space in terms of adjacency, connectedness and dimensionality are completely defined by set W. Let G and v be a graph and a point of G. In (^{ 13}, ^{ 14}), the subgraph O(v) containing all neighbors of v (without v) is called the rim of point v in G. The subgraph containing O(v) as well as point v is called the ball of point v in G. Let (vu) be an edge of G. The subgraph is called the rim of (vu).

For two graphs G=(X, U) and H=(Y, W) with disjoint point sets X and Y, their join is the graph that contains G, H and edges joining every point in G with every point in H.

Contractible graphs and contractible transformations are basic elements in this approach (see ^{ 13, 14}).

**Definition 1**

• A one-point graph is contractible. If G is a contractible graph and H is a contractible subgraph of G then G can be converted into H by sequential deleting simple points.

• A point v in graph G is simple if the rim O(v) of v is a contractible graph.

• An edge (uv) of a graph G is called simple if the rim of (uv) is a contractible graph.

By construction, a contractible graph is connected. It follows from definition 1 that a contractible graph can be converted to a point by sequential deleting simple points. Figure 1 depicts contractible graphs with the number of points .

**Definition 2**

• Deletions and attachments of simple points and edges are called contractible transformations.

• Graphs G and H are called homotopy equivalent if one of them can be converted to the other one by a sequence of contractible transformations.

Homotopy is an equivalence relation among graphs. Contractible transformations of graphs seem to play the same role in this approach as a homotopy in algebraic topology. In papers ^{ 13, 14}, it was shown that contractible transformations retain the Euler characteristic and homology groups of a graph. All graphs depicted in Figure 1 are homotopy equivalent, i. e., any graph can be converted to a one-point graph G_{1} by contractible transformations.

This section includes results obtained in ^{ 4, 5, 6, 10, 13, 14} and related to the structure of graphs that are digital n-dimensional spaces which were defined in ^{ 4}.

**Definition 3**

The digital 0-dimensional surface S^{0}(a, b) is a disconnected graph with just two points a and b. For n>0, a digital n-dimensional surface G is a nonempty connected graph such that for each point v of G^{n}, the rim O(v) is a finite digital (n-1)-dimensional surface.

S^{0}(a, b) is called a digital 0-sphere (Figure 2). Digital 1-surfaces G_{1}, G_{2} and G_{3} are shown in Figure 2. The following theorem provides a method of obtaining higher-dimensional surfaces from lower-dimensional ones. It was proven in ^{ 4}. Here, we give a new proof of this theorem.

**Theorem 1**

Let G and H be digital n- and m-dimensional surfaces. Then the join is a digital (n+m+1)-dimensional surface.

Proof

The proof is by induction on m+n. For n+m=0,1, the theorem is plainly true (see , and in Figure 2). Assume that the theorem is valid whenever . Let . Let point x belong to G. Then the rim of x in M is the join of and H, where is the rim of x in G. is a digital (n-1)-surface by definition 3. Since then is a digital (n+m)-surface by the induction hypothesis. Therefore, M is a digital (n+m)-surface by definition 3. Let point x belong to H. For the same reason as above, is a digital (n+m)-surface. This completes the proof.

Figure 2 illustrates the join of surfaces. and are digital 2-dimensional surfaces, namely digital 2-dimensional spheres depicted in Figure 3.

**Figure 2****.**^{0}. Digital 1-spheres S^{1}_{1}, S^{1}_{2}, S^{1}_{3}. The join S^{0}⊕S^{1}_{1}and S^{0}⊕S^{1}_{2}

**Definition 4**

Digital n-surfaces are called homeomorphic if they are homotopy equivalent.

Homeomorphism means that a digital n-surface G can be converted to a homeomorphic digital n-surface H by contractible transformations. For example, digital 2-surfaces S^{2}_{1}-S^{2}_{5} in Figure 3 are homeomorphic, i.e, every surface can be transformed to S^{2}_{1} by contractible transformations.

In this section, we consider graphs that are digital n-dimensional surfaces with locally-spherical topology. Paper ^{ 11} shows that a graph theoretical model of a continuous closed n-dimensional manifold is a digital n-dimensional surface with a locally-spherical topology. This means that in various applications and theories involving orientable and non-orientable continuous closed n-dimensional manifolds, these surfaces can be replaced by their graph theoretical models. This allows to apply computational or numerical methods instead of analytical methods.

**Definition 5**

• A digital n-dimensional surface G is called a digital n-sphere, , if for any point , the rim O(v) is an (n-1)-sphere and the space G-v is a contractible graph (Figure 2- Figure 3).

• Let G be a digital n-sphere, , and v be a point belonging to G. The space D=G-v is called *a digital n-disk* with the boundary ∂D=O(v) and the interior IntD=D-∂D.

Graphs S^{1}_{1}, S^{1}_{2} and S^{1}_{3} in Figure 2 are digital 1-spheres, graphs S^{2}_{1}-S^{2}_{5} depicted in Figure 3 are digital 2-spheres, graph S^{3} if Figure 3 is a digital 3-sphere. The following results were obtained in ^{ 4, 6, 8}.

**Theorem 2 **

• Let G and H be digital n- and m-dimensional surfaces. Then the join is a digital (n+m+1)-dimensional sphere if and only if G and H are digital n- and m-dimensional spheres

• The join of (n+1) copies of the zero-dimensional sphere S^{0} is a minimal n-sphere.

• Any n-sphere M can be converted to the minimal n-sphere S_{min} by contractible transformations.

It is easy to check directly that _{ }in Figure 2, and in Figure 3; every 2-sphere depicted in Figure 3 can be converted into S^{2}_{1} by contractible transformations. In classical topology, a continuous n-dimensional sphere is a special case of a continuous n-dimensional manifold. Now, we outline a correspondence between continuous and digital n-dimensional manifolds.

**Definition 6**

A digital n-dimensional surface G is a digital n-manifold if for each point v of G, O(v) is a digital (n-1)-dimensional sphere (T and P in Figure 4).

**Fig****ure 4****.**T is a digital torus. P is a digital projective plane. K is a digital Klein bottle. M is a digital Moebius band. Graphs T, P, K and M are obtained by identifying gray points with equal numbers

Evidently, a digital n-sphere is a digital n-manifold. The only difference between the digital n-sphere S and the digital n-manifold-non-sphere G is that for any point v, S-v is a contractible graph but G-v is not a contractible graph. In Figure 4, T is a digital torus. P is a digital projective plane. K is a digital Klein bottle. M is a digital Moebius band. All these graphs are obtained by identifying gray points with equal numbers. One can check directly that graphs T-v, P-v and K-v are not contractible. For example, P-v is homotopy equivalent to 1-sphere S^{1}_{1} depicted in Figure 2. The following statement is a consequence of definitions 3, 5 and 6.

**Theorem 3**

a) A digital 1-surface is a digital 1-sphere.

b) A digital 2-surface is a digital 2-manifold.

Proof.

a) To prove a), consider 1 digital 1-surface S^{1}_{3} in Figure 2. The rim O(x) of point x in S^{1}_{3} is a digital 0-sphere consisting of two non-adjacent points y and z. Therefore, x is adjacent to points y and z. S^{1}_{3} is connected and contains a finite number of points. By construction, S^{1}_{3}-x is a contractible graph. Then S^{1}_{3} is a digital 1-sphere by definition 5.

b) To prove b) notice that if G is a digital 2-surface then the rim O(x) of a point x in G is a digital 1-surface by definition 3. Therefore, O(x) is a digital 1-sphere according theorem 4a). By definition 6, G is a digital 2-manifold. This completes the proof.

Thus for n=1,2, a digital n-surface is a digital n-manifold, i.e., the rim O(v) of every point v is a digital (n-1)-sphere. It is not true for as it is shown below.

As it follows from previous section, if G is a digital n-manifold, then the rim O(v) of any point v is a digital (n-1)-sphere. However, there are digital n-dimensional surfaces, in which the rim of some or all points is different from a digital (n-1)-sphere. For example, the rim of some point can be a digital 2-dimensional torus, or a 2-dimensional projective plane, etc. To our knowledge, this kind of spaces has no analog in classical topology.

**Definition 7**

Let G be a digital n-dimensional surface. We say that:

• G is a digital n-dimensional surface with a locally spherical topology if for any point v in G, the rim O(v) of v is a digital (n-1)-dimensional sphere.

• G is a digital n-dimensional surface with a locally non-spherical topology if there is some point v in G such that the rim O(v) of v is a digital (n-1)-dimensional surface different from a digital (n-1)-sphere.

According to this definition and definition 6, a digital n-surface with a locally spherical topology is a digital n-manifold. As shown in ^{ 11}, the graph theoretical model of a continuous closed n-dimensional manifold is necessarily a digital n-dimensional manifold. Several questions arise from this result, like what objects can be continuous counterparts of digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology.

**Theorem 4**

a) If G is a digital n-surface with locally non-spherical topology then .

b) Let G and H be digital n- and m-dimensional surfaces. Then the join is a digital (n+m+1)-dimensional surface with locally non-spherical topology if H (or/and G) is not a digital m-sphere.

Proof

a) If G is a digital n-surface with locally non-spherical topology then there is a point x in G such that the rim O(x) is a digital (n-1)-surface, which is not a digital (n-1)-sphere. According to theorem 3, if then O(x) is a digital (n-1)-sphere. Therefore, if G is a digital n-surface with locally non-spherical topology then .

b) To prove b), use the induction on the dimension n. Suppose that n=0, i.e., G is a digital 0-sphere S(x,y). Then the rim of points x and y in M is , i.e., a digital m-manifold different from an m-sphere. Therefore, M is a (m+1)-dimensional surface with locally non-spherical topology by definition 7. Assume that the theorem is valid whenever . Let . Let point x belong to G. Then the rim O(x) of x in M is , i.e., the join of and H, where is the rim of x in G, and a digital (n-1)-surface by definition 3. Since n-1+m=k then O(x) is a digital (n+m)-surface with locally non-spherical topology by the induction hypothesis. Therefore, M is a digital (n+m+1)-surface with locally non-spherical topology by definition 7. This completes the proof.

Consider examples of digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology.

**Example 1 The join **** ****of a digital 0-sphere S**^{0}^{ }**and a digital torus T**

Let be a digital 0-sphere, and let T be a digital torus containing sixteen points in Figure 5. Graph T is obtained by identifying points intersecting red and blue arrows respectively (^{ 6, 14}). By theorem 1, graph is a digital 3-dimensional surface with eighteen points shown in Figure 5. In G, the rim of points x and y is torus T, O(x)=O(y)=T. If a point v belongs to T then . Since is a digital 1-sphere S^{1} then is a digital 2-sphere by theorem 2. Thus, G is a digital 3-dimensional surface with a locally non-spherical topology of points x and y, because the rims O(x) and O(y) are both a digital 2-dimensional torus. One can say that points x and y have a toroidal local topology, all other points have a spherical topology.

**Fig****ure 5****.**Graph T obtained by identifying points intersecting red and blue arrows respectively is a digital 2-torus. The join S^{0}(x,y)⊕T is the digital 3-surface with a local non-spherical topology. The rims O(x) and O(y) of points x and y are both a digital 2-torus T. To make this operation visible, the join of a continuous torus T and S^{0}(x,y) is shown

**Example 2**** ****The join **** ****of a digital 0-sphere S**^{0}^{ }**and a digital projective plane P **

In Figure 6, graph P obtained by identifying red and blue points respectively is a digital 2-dimensional projective plane ^{ 6, 14}. The join is the digital 3-surface. The rims O(x) and O(y) of points x and y are both a digital 2-dimensional projective plane P. If a point v belongs to P then . Since is a digital 1-sphere S^{1} then is a digital 2-sphere as it is in example 4.1. Thus, H is a digital 3-dimensional surface with a locally non-spherical topology, because the rims O(x) and O(y) are both a digital 2-dimensional projective plane P.

**Fig****ure 6****.**Graph P obtained by identifying red and blue points respectively is a digital 2-dimensional projective plane. The join S^{0}(x,y)⊕P is the digital 3-surface with a local non-spherical topology. The rims O(x) and O(y) of points x and y are both a digital 2-dimensional projective plane P. To make this operation visible, the join of a continuous projective plane P and S^{0}(x,y) is shown

Apparently, H has no continuous counterparts in classical topology.

**Example 3 The join **** of two**** ****digital tori T**

The join is the digital homogeneous 5-dimensional surface depicted in Figure 7. For every point v belonging to V, the rim . Since is a digital 1-sphere S^{1} then O(v) is a digital 4-dimensional surface . Evidently, O(v) is not a sphere. Therefore, the local topology of every point is non-spherical. It seems that this space, as spaces in previous examples, has no continuous counterparts in classical topology.

This paper investigates the structure of graphs that are digital n-dimensional spaces with a locally non-spherical topology. It is proven that these spaces have the dimension . We show that the join of two digital tori is a digital homogeneous 5-dimensional surface with a local toroidal topology. Evidently, this type of spaces have no direct continuous counterparts among n-dimensional manifolds in classical topology.

We end with the problems for further study:

• What are continuous objects in classical topology that can be continuous analogs of digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology?

• What physical, chemical or biological structure can be described by digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology.

• It could be interesting to investigate general properties of digital n-dimensional surfaces with a locally non-spherical topology, such as the Euler characteristics, the homology groups, ets.

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**Fig****ure 5****.**Graph T obtained by identifying points intersecting red and blue arrows respectively is a digital 2-torus. The join S^{0}(x,y)⊕T is the digital 3-surface with a local non-spherical topology. The rims O(x) and O(y) of points x and y are both a digital 2-torus T. To make this operation visible, the join of a continuous torus T and S^{0}(x,y) is shown

**Fig****ure 6****.**Graph P obtained by identifying red and blue points respectively is a digital 2-dimensional projective plane. The join S^{0}(x,y)⊕P is the digital 3-surface with a local non-spherical topology. The rims O(x) and O(y) of points x and y are both a digital 2-dimensional projective plane P. To make this operation visible, the join of a continuous projective plane P and S^{0}(x,y) is shown

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In article | View Article | ||

[2] | Daragon, X., Couprie, M., Bertrand, G.. Discrete surfaces and frontier orders. Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, 23 (3), (2005). 379-399. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[3] | Eckhardt, U., Latecki, L.. Topologies for the digital spaces Z^{2} and Z^{3}, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 90, (2003). 295-312. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[4] | Evako, A., Kopperman, R., Mukhin, Y.. Dimensional properties of graphs and digital spaces, Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, 6, (1996). 109-119. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[5] | Evako, A., Topological properties of closed digital spaces. One method of constructing digital models of closed continuous surfaces by using covers, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 102, (2006). 134-144. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

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In article | View Article | ||

[7] | Evako, A., Topology Preserving Discretization Schemes for Digital Image Segmentation and Digital Models of the Plane, Open Access Library Journal, 1: e566, (2014). | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[8] | Evako, A.. Topological properties of the intersection graph of covers of n-dimensional surfaces, Discrete Mathematics, 147, (1995). 107-120. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[9] | Evako, A.. Characterizations of simple points, simple edges and simple cliques of digital spaces: One method of topology-preserving transformations of digital spaces by deleting simple points and edges, Graphical Models, 73 (2011) 1-9. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[10] | Evako, A.. Dimension on discrete spaces, International Journal of Theoretical Physics, 33(7), (1994). 1553-1568. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[11] | Evako, A.. Graph Theoretical Models of Closed n-Dimensional Manifolds: Digital Models of a Moebius Strip, a Projective Plane a Klein Bottle and n-Dimensional Spheres, International Journal of Discrete Mathematics, 2(3), (2017). 88-94. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[12] | Gudder, S.. The Elementary Particle Cube, arXiv:1703.06023v1 [physics.gen-ph] Mar 2017. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[13] | Ivashchenko, A.. Contractible transformations do not change the homology groups of graphs, Discrete Math., 126, (1994). 159-170. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

[14] | Ivashchenko, A.. Representation of smooth surfaces by graphs. Transformations of graphs which do not change the Euler characteristic of graphs, Discrete Math., 122, (1993). 219-233. | ||

In article | View Article | ||

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In article | View Article PubMed | ||

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