Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science, Vol 16, No 1 (2014)

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Strong parity vertex coloring of plane graphs

Tomáš Kaiser, Ondřej Rucký, Matěj Stehlík, Riste Škrekovski


A strong parity vertex coloring of a 2-connected plane graph is a coloring of the vertices such that every face is incident with zero or an odd number of vertices of each color. We prove that every 2-connected loopless plane graph has a strong parity vertex coloring with 97 colors. Moreover the coloring we construct is proper. This proves a conjecture of Czap and Jendrol' [Discuss. Math. Graph Theory 29 (2009), pp. 521 13;543.]. We also provide examples showing that eight colors may be necessary (ten when restricted to proper colorings).

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