Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 30(3) (2010) 393-405
doi: 10.7151/dmgt.1502

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Csilla Bujtás1,  E. Sampathkumar2,  Zsolt Tuza1,3, M.S. Subramanya2  and  Charles Dominic2

1Department of Computer Science
University of Pannonia
H-8200 Veszprém, Egyetem u. 10, Hungary

2Department of Mathematics
University of Mysore, Mysore, India

3Computer and Automation Institute
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
H-1111 Budapest, Kende u. 13-17, Hungary


A 3-consecutive C-coloring of a graph G = (V,E) is a mapping φ:V→ℕ such that every path on three vertices has at most two colors. We prove general estimates on the maximum number [ ̄(χ)]3CC(G) of colors in a 3-consecutive C-coloring of G, and characterize the structure of connected graphs with [ ̄(χ)]3CC(G) ≥ k for k = 3 and k = 4.

Keywords: graph coloring, vertex coloring, consecutive coloring, upper chromatic number.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15, 05C75.


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Received 15 May 2009
Revised 19 August 2009
Accepted 24 August 2009