More about subcolorings

Haitze J. Broersma, F.V. Fomin, J. Nesetril, Gerhard Woeginger

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A subcoloring is a vertex coloring of a graph in which every color class induces a disjoint union of cliques. We derive a number of results on the combinatorics, the algorithmics, and the complexity of subcolorings.

On the negative side, we prove that 2-subcoloring is NP-hard for comparability graphs, and that 3-subcoloring is NP-hard for AT-free graphs and for complements of planar graphs. On the positive side, we derive polynomial time algorithms for 2-subcoloring of complements of planar graphs, and for r-subcoloring of interval and of permutation graphs. Moreover, we prove asymptotically best possible upper bounds on the subchromatic number of interval graphs, chordal graphs, and permutation graphs in terms of the number of vertices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-203
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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