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Durham University

Computer Science


Publication details for Professor Matthew Johnson

Bonamy, M, Johnson, M, Lignos, I, Patel, V & Paulusma, D (2014). Reconfiguration graphs for vertex colourings of chordal and chordal bipartite graphs. Journal of Combinatorial Optimization 27(1): 132-143

Author(s) from Durham


A k-colouring of a graph G=(V,E) is a mapping c:V→{1,2,…,k} such that c(u)≠c(v) whenever uv is an edge. The reconfiguration graph of the k-colourings of G contains as its vertex set the k-colourings of G, and two colourings are joined by an edge if they differ in colour on just one vertex of G. We introduce a class of k-colourable graphs, which we call k-colour-dense graphs. We show that for each k-colour-dense graph G, the reconfiguration graph of the ℓ-colourings of G is connected and has diameter O(|V|2), for all ℓ≥k+1. We show that this graph class contains the k-colourable chordal graphs and that it contains all chordal bipartite graphs when k=2. Moreover, we prove that for each k≥2 there is a k-colourable chordal graph G whose reconfiguration graph of the (k+1)-colourings has diameter Θ(|V|2).