An Analysis of Heuristics for Vertex Colouring

  • Marco Chiarandini
  • Thomas Stützle
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6049)


Several heuristics have been presented in the literature for finding a proper colouring of the vertices of a graph using the least number of colours. These heuristics are commonly compared on a set of graphs that served two DIMACS competitions. This set does not permit the statistical study of relations between algorithm performance and structural features of graphs. We generate a new set of random graphs controlling their structural features and advance the knowledge of heuristics for graph colouring. We maintain and make all algorithms described here publically available in order to facilitate future comparisons.


graph coloring heuristics experimental analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Chiarandini
    • 1
  • Thomas Stützle
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  2. 2.IRIDIAUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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