A note on planar 5-list colouring

Non-extendability at distance 4

Z. Tuza, M. Voigt

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Abstract

An L-list colouring of a graph G is a proper vertex colouring in which every vertex v gets a colour from a prescribed list L(v) of allowed colours. Albertson has posed the following problem: Suppose G is a planar graph and each vertex of G has been assigned a list of five colours. Let W C V(G) such that the distance between any two vertices of W is at least d (=4). Can any list colouring of W be extended to a list colouring of G ? We give a construction satisfying the assumptions for d = 4 where the required extension is not possible. As an even stronger property, in our example one can assign lists L(v) to the vertices of G with |L(t')|=3 for v£ W and |I(i>)| = 5 otherwise, such that an Z,-list colouring is not possible. The existence of such graphs is in sharp contrast with Thomassen's theorem stating that a list colouring is always possible if the vertices of 3-element lists belong to the same face of G (and the other lists have 5 colours each).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-172
Number of pages4
JournalDiscrete Mathematics
Volume251
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2002

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Keywords

  • Distance
  • Graph
  • List colouring
  • Planar

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  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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A note on planar 5-list colouring : Non-extendability at distance 4. / Tuza, Z.; Voigt, M.

In: Discrete Mathematics, Vol. 251, No. 1-3, 28.05.2002, p. 169-172.

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