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a new lower bound for the chromatic number of a graph?

Let S+(G) denote the sum of the squares of the positive eigenvalues of the adjacency matrix of a graph G. Let S-(G) denote the sum of the squares of the negative eigenvalues and q the chromatic ...
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Maximum number of 4-colorings of planar graphs (precise version)

This is a redo of my earlier question. I'm trying again with more precision. I ignored one of the dicta in the "how to ask" page. For a fixed $n$, what is known (references preferred) about the ...
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Maximum number of different 4-colorings of planar graphs of a given size

I understand that it is computationally hard to count the 4-colorings of a given graph. See answers to this question In a given class of planar graphs (will leave choice of class open) is there a ...
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Graphical representation of chromatic polynomial

Suppose $c(G,u)$ is chromatic polynomial of connected simple graph $G$. We know that $|c(G,-1)|$, as Stanley proved, is the total number of directed graph on $G$, without any cycle. Also, we know ...
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Counting walks on proper colorings of odd cycles

Let $G$ be an undirected odd cycle. Let $f$ be a proper 3-coloring of $G$. If $w=v_1v_2...v_k$ is a walk on $k$ vertices of $G$, let $f(w)=f(v_1)f(v_2)...f(v_k)$. Let $W_k=\{f(w)|w$ is a walk on ...
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Has anyone seen this graph?

I recently constructed the graph shown below in the process of investigating some problems regarding line graphs and homomorphisms, and then happened to see it on wikipedia. I was wondering if anyone ...
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What is this subclass of $k$-colorable graphs called?

The following property emerged naturally when I was playing with certain generalizations of Kneser graphs. Let $k>0$ be a natural number. Consider a property $P_k$ of graphs defined as follows. ...
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Can you prove that hypergraphs with n-1 edges are partially 2 colorable?

I can. But my proof uses a theorem (which I do not reveal yet to avoid influencing you) and it feels like an overkill, so I wonder if there is a simple proof. Now the problem. Suppose we have a ...
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r-chromatic graphs with sufficient girth

Hi. For k,l positive integers let h(k,l) be the least integer with the property that in graph on h(k,l) vertices either there is a closed circuit of k or fewer lines or that the graph contains l ...
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Representations of regular maps (four color theorem)

For the scope of the four color problem and without lack of generality, maps can be represented in different ways. This is generally done to have a different perspective on the problem. For example, ...
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How many “different” colorings (excluding exchanges) exist for a given map (graph)?

In particular I'm interested in regular maps, excluding all maps that can be colored with 2 or 3 colors. For what I need to analyze, maps have to be regarded as differently colored, if the same ...
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Why is “P vs. NP” necessarily relevant?

I want to start out by giving two examples: 1) Graham's problem is to decide whether a given edge-coloring (with two colors) of the complete graph on vertices $\lbrace-1,+1\rbrace^n$ contains a ...
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code that produces all possible trees with n nodes. [closed]

I'm looking for code that produces all possible trees with no self edges (or their adjacent matrices) with n nodes, anyone have any idea if this is written anywhere?
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Simplest examples of unique-solution and unsolvable-without-backtracking Sudoku-like problems

A The Sudoku game admits a broad generalization as follows : let $r$ be an integer $\geq 2$ and let $X$ be a finite set, and ${\cal X}$ be a collection of $r$-subsets of $X$ (i.e, a $r$-uniform ...
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Is the chromatic number of the real plane invariant under the norm?

Recall that chromatic number of $\mathbb{R}^2$ is the least $n$ such that there exists a function $f$ from $\mathbb{R}^2$ into a set of colors ${C_1,\ldots,C_n}$ with $f(x)\neq f(y)$ for ...
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Edge-coloring of a graph - special case

Hi everyone, I have a problem I am working on that can be reduced to the following special case of edge coloring. Let $G = (V,E)$ be an arbitrary graph. Furthermore, let each edge be assigned a ...
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4-coloring maps of pentagons

Is there a simple proof for the 4-color theorem when restricted to (finite) maps all of whose regions are pentagons? I am in fact most interested in convex pentagons, if that additional structure ...
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Coloring edges on a graph s.t. the set of edges for any two vertices have no more than 'k' colors in common

Please imagine the case where one has a planar graph, $G$, with a set of $|V|$ vertices, $(v_1, ..., v_{|V|}) \in V$, and $|E|$ edges, $(e_1, ..., e_{|E|}) \in E$. Now, provided a total of $N$ ...
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Labelled spanning trees without edge crossings

Draw the complete graph $K_n$ on a plane in general position with every edge a straight line and randomly label the edges $0$ or $1$. Does this graph always have a spanning tree with no edges crossing ...
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Hypergraph Chromatic Number vs Degree, Clique-Size

For a hypergraph let $\chi$ be the least number of colours needed to colour the vertices, so that in each edge, each colour is used at most once (i.e., the strong chromatic number). Let $\Delta$ be ...
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finding set of tree decompositions to cover all pairs of vertices

I first asked this on cstheory.SE but got no reply. Let $P(X_i=x)$ represent probability that randomly chosen proper $q$-coloring of an $L\times L$ square grid contains color $x$ at position $i$. How ...
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Derivative of Tutte polynomial at -1

Let Tutte polynomial on graph with edge-set $E$ be defined as follows $$f(q,v)=\sum_{A\subseteq E} q^{\kappa(A)} v^{|A|}$$ Here the sum is over all subgraphs $A$, $\kappa(A)$ is the number of ...
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Graphs with the same chromatic symmetric function

Does anyone know more examples of two nonisomorphic connected graphs with the same chromatic symmetric function? The only pair I know is the one in Stanley's paper on c.s.f.'s ...
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4-colorable graphs

Hey guys, I tried to find a solution to this in the web but couldn't. Can you tell me if the following sentence is correct or else give me a counterexample? G is 4-colorable iff each sub-graph G' in G ...
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Bounds on strong vertex colourings of regular hypergraphs?

What are the best results for upper bounds on the number of colours required in a strong vertex colouring of a regular hypergraph H? A regular hypergraph is one in which every vertex is contained in ...
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Does every triangle-free graph with maximum degree at most 6 have a 5-colouring?

A very specific case of Reed's Conjecture Reed's $\omega$,$\Delta$, $\chi$ conjecture proposes that every graph has $\chi \leq \lceil \tfrac 12(\Delta+1+\omega)\rceil$. Here $\chi$ is the chromatic ...
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Tractably Partitioning the possible vertex k-colorings of a graph by local stability and instability.

A k-coloring or k-labeling of the vertices of a single-component undirected graph G with $n$ vertices can be a proper coloring or not. If it is not a proper coloring, such that each vertex has ...
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Are all Hamiltonian planar graphs are 4 colorable? Does this imply all planar graphs are colorable?

Planar graphs with a Hamiltonian loop connecting all faces do not necessarily have a Hamiltonian on their edges, which would make a 3 edge coloring and thus a 4 face coloring easy. However they have a ...
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Lower bounds for chromatic number of a graph

I am trying to find a good lower bound for chromatic number of one family of graphs. I'm curious what are the known lower bounds for chromatic number. There are two obvious: $\chi(G) \geq \omega(G)$ ...
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Simple proof that these graphs are perfect

I recently came across a family of infinite graphs (in the context of two-dimensional convexity) that don't have induced 4-paths (paths with 4 vertices). Note that the complement of a 4-path is again ...
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Strengthening the Induction Hypothesis

Suppose you are trying to prove result $X$ by induction and are getting nowhere fast. One nice trick is to try to prove a stronger result $X'$ (that you don't really care about) by induction. This ...
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The “sensitivity” of 2-colorings of the d-dimensional integer lattice

Consider the $d$-dimensional integer lattice, $Z^d$. Call two points in $Z^d$ "neighbors" if their Euclidean distance is 1 (i.e., if they differ by 1 on exactly one coordinate). Let $C$ be a ...
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Colourings of Graphs with extra conditions

As a phd-student I've wandered into a question of colourings of graphs and wondered what was known about them. Given a finite graph G, where the maximum degree of a vertex is d, I'm interested in ...
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A decision problem in graph coloring

It'll be great to get a pointer or answer to the following question: What is the complexity of the following problem? Given an unweighted and undirected graph, can we have a proper (not necessarily ...
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Finding Two Rainbow Spanning Trees

Suppose we have a graph whose edges are coloured. It's not necessarily a proper colouring: a given node may have 0, 1, or several incident edges of a given colour. Is the following problem ...
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Can we select a rainbow matching if each degree is 6 and each colorclass is a C_6?

Suppose that we have a 2d-regular graph whose edges are colored such that the edges of each color form a cycle of length 2d. (So if the graph has 2n vertices, then there are n colors.) Is it true that ...
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Graphical representation of duals of n-simplices

Is there any way to graphically represents the duals of n-simplices? For example, I want to know how exactly duals of tetrahedrons arrange between themselves, i.e how many faces, volumes share the ...
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Algebraic Proof of 4-Colour Theorem?

4-Colour Theorem. Every planar graph is 4-colourable. This theorem of course has a well-known history. It was first proven by Appel and Haken in 1976, but their proof was met with skepticism ...
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Making a non-monotone function monotone

Consider a function $f: \{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{1..R\}$. This function can be interpreted as a coloring $Color(v)$ of vertices in a unit n-dimensional hypercube in $R$ colors. We say there is a ...
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Coloring Points in the Plane

Suppose one wants to color the points in the plane so any two points at distance one apart are different colors. How many colors are needed? I heard this problem when I was a kid. Back then the most ...
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Where can I find a catalog of known Ramsey numbers?

Is there an online catalog available of Ramsey numbers, preferably one that for unknown values documents the known upper/lower bounds?
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Suggest effective heuristic (not precise) graph colouring algorithm

Can you suggest a good rough graph colouring algorithm? What are the best such algorithms nowadays?
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Which lattices have more than one minimal periodic coloring?

The lattice $\mathbb{Z}^n$ has an essentially unique (up to permutation) minimal periodic coloring for all $n$, namely the "checkerboard" 2-coloring. Here a coloring of a lattice $L$ is a coloring of ...
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Why is edge-coloring less interesting than vertex-coloring?

I was wondering why there is (apparently) much more research directed towards vertex-coloring than edge-coloring? Prima facie, it seems that edge-coloring is just as "natural" a thing to investigate. ...
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? A graph is four colorable if and only if it is planar.

? A graph is four colorable if and only if it is planar. Is this true, I know that if a graph is planar it is four colorable, but is it true that if a graph is four colorable it must be a planar ...
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How are graph automorphisms are affected by transformations?

I have a heavily symmetric regular graph whose automorphisms I know. I remove one subgraph and insert another one in a consistent manner; for example, this could be a Delta-Y transformation ...
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Is there a matrix whose permanent counts 3-colorings?

Actually, I suppose that the answer is technically "yes," since computing the permanent is #P-complete, but that's not very satisfying. So here's what I mean: Kirchhoff's theorem says that if you ...
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What is the Tutte polynomial encoding?

Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Let G be a connected graph; then the Tutte polynomial T_G(x,y) carries a lot of information about G. However, it obviously doesn't encode everything about ...
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Can one make Erdős's Ramsey lower bound explicit?

Erdős's 1947 probabilistic trick provided a lower exponential bound for the Ramsey number R(k). Is it possible to explicitly construct 2-colourings on exponentially sized graphs without large ...