A ﬂow based pruning scheme for enumerative equitable coloring algorithms
Koster, A. M. C. A.
Primary Author
Scheidweiler, R.
Additional Author
Tieves, · M.
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Switzerland
Springer
2019
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vol.272,issue 1-2
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English
Abstract An equitable graph coloring is a proper vertex coloring of a graph G where the sizes of the color classes differ by at most one. The equitable chromatic number, denoted by χeq(G), is the smallest number k such that G admits such equitable k-coloring. We focus on enumerative algorithms for the computation of χeq(G) and propose a general scheme to derive pruning rules for them: We show how the extendability of a partial coloring into an equitable coloring can be modeled via network ﬂows. Thus, we obtain pruning rules which can be checked via ﬂow algorithms. Computational experiments show that the search tree of enumerative algorithms can be signiﬁcantly reduced in size by these rules and, in most instances, such naive approach even yields a faster algorithm. Moreover, the stability, i.e., the number of solved instances within a given time limit, is greatly improved. Since the execution of ﬂow algorithms at each node of a search tree is time consuming, we derive arithmeticpruningrules(generalizedHall-conditions)fromthenetworkmodel.Addingthese rules to an enumerative algorithm yields an even larger runtime improvement.
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