On-line coloring of H-free bipartite graphs


Broersma, H.J. and Capponi, A. and Paulusma, D. (2006) On-line coloring of H-free bipartite graphs. In: Proceedings of the 6th Italian Conference on Algorithms and Complexity (CIAC 2006), 29-31 May 2006, Rome, Italy (pp. pp. 284-295).

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Abstract:We present a new on-line algorithm for coloring bipartite graphs. This yields a new upper bound on the on-line chromatic number of bipartite graphs, improving a bound due to Lovasz, Saks and Trotter. The algorithm is on-line competitive on various classes of $H$-free bipartite graphs, in particular $P_6$-free bipartite graphs and $P_7$-free bipartite graphs, i.e., that do not contain an induced path on six, respectively seven vertices. The number of colors used by the on-line algorithm in these particular cases is bounded by roughly twice, respectively roughly eight times the on-line chromatic number. In contrast, it is known that there exists no competitive on-line algorithm to color $P_6$-free (or $P_7$-free) bipartite graphs, i.e., for which the number of colors is bounded by any function only depending on the chromatic number.
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Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1007/11758471_28
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