Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 33(1) (2013) 117-131
doi: 10.7151/dmgt.1673

Dedicated to Mietek Borowiecki on the occasion of his 70th birthday

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A survey of the Path Partition Conjecture

Marietjie Frick

Department of Mathematical Sciences
School of Science
University of South Africa


The Path Partition Conjecture (PPC) states that if G is any graph and ( λ1, λ2) any pair of positive integers such that G has no path with more than λ1 + λ2 vertices, then there exists a partition (V1,V2) of the vertex set of G such that Vi has no path with more than λi vertices, i = 1,2. We present a brief history of the PPC, discuss its relation to other conjectures and survey results on the PPC that have appeared in the literature since its first formulation in 1981.

Keywords: Path Partition Conjecture, Path Kernel Conjecture, generalized colourings, additive hereditary properties

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15, 05C38, 05C70.


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Received 1 December 2012
Accepted 7 January 2013