Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Science (BS)
Christopher J. Abelt
Many application problems can be phrased in terms of graph colorings. A defective coloring of a graph assigns colors to vertices so that a vertex can have at most one neighbor with the same color. We may further require the color classes of a defective coloring to have almost the same sizes, namely equitable-defective coloring. Take notice that a graph may have an equitable-defective t-coloring, but may not have an equitable-defective (t+1)-coloring. We study the equitable-defective coloring of sparse graphs. It is known that a planar graph with minimum degree at least 2 and girth at least 10 has an equitable (proper) t-coloring for any t ≥ 4. In this thesis, we show that under the same conditions, the graphs have an equitable defective 3-coloring as well.
Williams, Harold Lee II, "Equitable and Defective Coloring of Sparse Graphs" (2010). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 676.
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