Azarbaijan Shahid Madani UniversityCommunications in Combinatorics and Optimization2538-21284220191201Girth, minimum degree, independence, and broadcast independence1311391385510.22049/cco.2019.26346.1098ENStephaneBessyLIRMMDieterRautenbach89069 Ulm, GermayJournal Article20180925An independent broadcast on a connected graph $G$ is a function $f:V(G)to mathbb{N}_0$ such that, for every vertex $x$ of $G$, the value $f(x)$ is at most the eccentricity of $x$ in $G$, and $f(x)>0$ implies that $f(y)=0$ for every vertex $y$ of $G$ within distance at most $f(x)$ from $x$. The broadcast independence number $alpha_b(G)$ of $G$ is the largest weight $sum_{xin V(G)}f(x)$ of an independent broadcast $f$ on $G$. It is known that $alpha(G)leq alpha_b(G)leq 4alpha(G)$ for every connected graph $G$, where $alpha(G)$ is the independence number of $G$. If $G$ has girth $g$ and minimum degree $delta$, we show that $alpha_b(G)leq 2alpha(G)$ provided that $ggeq 6$ and $deltageq 3$ or that $ggeq 4$ and $deltageq 5$. Furthermore, we show that, for every positive integer $k$, there is a connected graph $G$ of girth at least $k$ and minimum degree at least $k$ such that $alpha_b(G)geq 2left(1-frac{1}{k}right)alpha(G)$. Our results imply that lower bounds on the girth and the minimum degree of a connected graph $G$ can lower the fraction $frac{alpha_b(G)}{alpha(G)}$ from $4$ below $2$, but not any further.http://comb-opt.azaruniv.ac.ir/article_13855_71bcf08def5ae349eb3026397d2e7723.pdf