Clique-transversal sets of line graphs and complements of line graphs

Thomas Andreae, Martin Schughart, Zsolt Tuza

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A clique-transversal set T of a graph G is a set of vertices of G such that T meets all maximal cliques of G. The clique-transversal number, denoted τc(G), is the minimum cardinality of a clique-transversal set. Let n be the number of vertices of G. We study classes of graphs G for which n 2 is an upper bound for τc(G). Assuming that G has no isolated vertices it is shown that (i) τc(G)≤ n 2 for all connected line graphs with the exception of odd cycles, and (ii) τc(G)≤ n 2 for all complments of line graphs with the exeption of five small graphs. In addition, a closely related question is studied: call G weakly 2-colorable if its vertices can be colored with 2 colors such that G has no monochromatic maximal clique of size ≥2. It is proved that a connected line graph G = L(H) is weakly 2-colorable iff H has a 2-coloring of its edges without monochromatic triangles and H is not an odd cycle. Moreover it is shown that complements of line graphs are weakly 2-colorable, with the exception of nine small graphs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalDiscrete Mathematics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics

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