Contributed Papers Algorithms


Volume 294 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 61-72


On the k-colouring of circle-graphs

  • Walter UngerAffiliated withFachbereich 17 Universität-GH Paderborn

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It is shown that the k-colouring problem for the class of circle graphs is NP-complete for k at least four. Until now this problem was still open. For circle graphs with maximum clique size k a 2k-colouring is always possible and can be found in O(n 2). This provides an approximation algorithm with a factor two. Further it is proven that the k-colouring problem for circle graphs is solvable in polynomial time if the degree is bounded. The complexity of the 3-colouring problem for circle graphs remains open.