Opuscula Math. 35, no. 2 (2015), 171-180

Opuscula Mathematica

On b-vertex and b-edge critical graphs

Noureddine Ikhlef Eschouf
Mostafa Blidia

Abstract. A \(b\)-coloring is a coloring of the vertices of a graph such that each color class contains a vertex that has a neighbor in all other color classes, and the \(b\)-chromatic number \(b(G)\) of a graph \(G\) is the largest integer \(k\) such that \(G\) admits a \(b\)-coloring with \(k\) colors. A simple graph \(G\) is called \(b^{+}\)-vertex (edge) critical if the removal of any vertex (edge) of \(G\) increases its \(b\)-chromatic number. In this note, we explain some properties in \(b^{+}\)-vertex (edge) critical graphs, and we conclude with two open problems.

Keywords: \(b\)-coloring, \(b\)-chromatic number, critical graphs.

Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15.

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  • Noureddine Ikhlef Eschouf
  • University Yahia Farès of Medéa, Algeria
  • Mostafa Blidia
  • University of Blida, LAMDA-RO, Department of Mathematics, B.P. 270, Blida, Algeria
  • Communicated by Mariusz Meszka.
  • Received: 2013-10-07.
  • Revised: 2014-03-04.
  • Accepted: 2014-07-04.
  • Published online: 2014-11-18.
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Noureddine Ikhlef Eschouf, Mostafa Blidia, On b-vertex and b-edge critical graphs, Opuscula Math. 35, no. 2 (2015), 171-180, http://dx.doi.org/10.7494/OpMath.2015.35.2.171

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