MAX k-CUT and Approximating the Chromatic Number of Random Graphs

  • Amin Coja-Oghlan
  • Cristopher Moore
  • Vishal Sanwalani
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2719)


We consider the MAX k-CUT problem in random graphs G n,p. First, we estimate the probable weight of a MAX k-CUT using probabilistic counting arguments and by analyzing a simple greedy heuristic. Then, we give an algorithm that approximates MAX k-CUT within expected polynomial time. The approximation ratio tends to 1 as np→ ∞. As an application, we obtain an algorithm for approximating the chromatic number of G n,p, 1/np ≤ 1/2, within a factor of \( O\left( {\sqrt {np} } \right) \) in polynomial expected time, thereby answering a question of Krivelevich and Vu, and extending a result of Coja-Oghlan and Taraz. We give similar algorithms for random regular graphs G n,r.


Adjacency Matrix Random Graph Approximation Ratio Chromatic Number Graph Coloring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amin Coja-Oghlan
    • 1
  • Cristopher Moore
    • 2
  • Vishal Sanwalani
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für InformatikHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.University of New MexicoAlbuquerque

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