Department of Computer Science | Institute of Theoretical Computer Science | CADMO

Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms

Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner

Mittagsseminar (in cooperation with M. Ghaffari, A. Steger and B. Sudakov)

Mittagsseminar Talk Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2003, 12:15 pm

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Speaker: Michael Krivelevich (Tel Aviv University)

List Coloring of Graphs

The chromatic number of a graph is one of the most central and well studied notions in graph theory. In this talk we discuss its very natural generalization, the choice number of a graph. The concept of list coloring of graphs was introduced by Vizing and independently by Erdos, Rubin and Taylor in the late seventies. The choice number (or the list chromatic number) of a graph G=(V,E) is the minimum integer k such that for every assignment of a list of k colors to every vertex v of G (where lists for different vertices may be different), there is a choice function f, choosing for each vertex a color from its list in such a way that no edge of G is monochromatic. After twenty five years of study the choice number appears to be a much more complicated quantity than the chromatic number, and much less is known about it.
In recent years there has been a significant progress in many diverse questions, pertaining to the area of list coloring. I will survey some of these developments, with a particular emphasis on comparison of choice number and chromatic number and list coloring properties of random graphs.

Basically no previous experience with graph coloring will be assumed.

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