Coloring random graphs in polynomial expected time

  • Martin Furer
  • C. R. Subramanian
  • C. E. Veni Madhavan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 762)


We consider the problem of vertex coloring random k-colorable graphs using k colors. We consider two different models for generating random graphs. We give algorithms for coloring random graphs in these models, with running times polynomial on the average. The first model is discussed in Turner [6] and the second model is discussed in Dyer and Frieze [3]. Our results improve the these current results for this problem by removing the assumption of constant edge probability used in these models.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Furer
    • 1
  • C. R. Subramanian
    • 2
  • C. E. Veni Madhavan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe Pennsylvania State UniversityState CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer Science and AutomationIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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