Journal of Combinatorial Optimization

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 202–214 | Cite as

On the b-coloring of tight graphs



A coloring c of a graph \(G=(V,E)\) is a b -coloring if for every color i there is a vertex, say w(i), of color i whose neighborhood intersects every other color class. The vertex w(i) is called a b-dominating vertex of color i. The b -chromatic number of a graph G, denoted by b(G), is the largest integer k such that G admits a b-coloring with k colors. Let m(G) be the largest integer m such that G has at least m vertices of degree at least \(m-1\). A graph G is tight if it has exactly m(G) vertices of degree \(m(G)-1\), and any other vertex has degree at most \(m(G)-2\). In this paper, we show that the b-chromatic number of tight graphs with girth at least 8 is at least \(m(G)-1\) and characterize the graphs G such that \(b(G)=m(G)\). Lin and Chang (2013) conjectured that the b-chromatic number of any graph in \(\mathcal {B}_{m}\) is m or \(m-1\) where \(\mathcal {B}_{m}\) is the class of tight bipartite graphs \((D,D{^\prime })\) of girth 6 such that D is the set of vertices of degree \(m-1\). We verify the conjecture of Lin and Chang for some subclass of \(\mathcal {B}_{m}\), and we give a lower bound for any graph in \(\mathcal {B}_{m}\).


Coloring b-coloring b-chromatic number Tight graphs 

Mathematics Subject Classification



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique (LRI)Université Paris-SudOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Faculté des sciences et de la TechnologieUniversité de MédéaMedeaAlgeria

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