Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 33(1) (2013) 25-31
doi: 10.7151/dmgt.1641

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Coloring Some Finite Sets in ℝn

József Balogh

Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois,
Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Alexandr Kostochka

Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois,
Urbana, IL, 61801, USA
Sobolev Institute of Mathematics,
Novosibirsk, Russia

Andrei Raigorodskii

Department of Mechanics and Mathematics,
Moscow State University,
Leninskie gory, Moscow, 119991, Russia
Department of Discrete Mathematics,
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology,
Dolgoprudny, Russia


This note relates to bounds on the chromatic number χ(ℝn) of the Euclidean space, which is the minimum number of colors needed to color all the points in ℝn so that any two points at the distance 1 receive different colors. In [6] a sequence of graphs Gn in ℝn was introduced showing that χ(ℝn) ≥ χ(Gn) ≥ (1+o(1)) n2/6 . For many years, this bound has been remaining the best known bound for the chromatic numbers of some low-dimensional spaces. Here we prove that χ(Gn) ~ n2/6 and find an exact formula for the chromatic number in the case of n = 2k and n = 2k − 1 .

Keywords: chromatic number, independence number, distance graph

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 52C10, Secondary: 05C15.


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Received 15 December 2011
Revised 10 May 2012
Accepted 10 May 2012