Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 33(2) (2013) 461-465
doi: 10.7151/dmgt.1679

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A Tight Bound on the Set Chromatic Number

Jean-Sébastien Sereni

LORIA, Université Diderot
Nancy, France

Zelealem B. Yilma

Department of Mathematics
Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


We provide a tight bound on the set chromatic number of a graph in terms of its chromatic number. Namely, for all graphs G, we show that χs(G) ≥ ⎡log2 χ(G) ⎤+ 1, where χs(G) and χ(G) are the set chromatic number and the chromatic number of G, respectively. This answers in the affirmative a conjecture of Gera, Okamoto, Rasmussen and Zhang.

Keywords: chromatic number, set coloring, set chromatic number, neighbor, distinguishing coloring

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15.


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Received 28 February 2012
Accepted 5 June 2012