Campus Units

Mathematics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2017

Journal or Book Title

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Volume

31

Issue

2

First Page

865

Last Page

874

DOI

10.1137/15M1023397

Abstract

We study 3-coloring properties of triangle-free planar graphs $G$ with two precolored 4-cycles $C_1$ and $C_2$ that are far apart. We prove that either every precoloring of $C_1\cup C_2$ extends to a 3-coloring of $G$, or $G$ contains one of two special substructures which uniquely determine which 3-colorings of $C_1\cup C_2$ extend. As a corollary, we prove that there exists a constant $D>0$ such that if $H$ is a planar triangle-free graph and if $S\subseteq V(H)$ consists of vertices at pairwise distances at least $D$, then every precoloring of $S$ extends to a 3-coloring of $H$. This gives a positive answer to a conjecture of Dvořák, Král', and Thomas, and implies an exponential lower bound on the number of 3-colorings of triangle-free planar graphs of bounded maximum degree.

Comments

This article is published as Dvorák, Zdenek, and Bernard Lidický. "Fine structure of 4-critical triangle-free graphs II. Planar triangle-free graphs with two precolored 4-cycles." SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics 31, no. 2 (2017): 865-874. doi: https://doi.org/10.1137/15M1023397. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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