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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory

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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory


Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 24(3) (2004) 373-387
DOI: 10.7151/dmgt.1237


William F. Klostermeyer

Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2669, U.S.A.

Gary MacGillivray

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Victoria
Victoria, Canada


We examine subgraphs of oriented graphs in the context of oriented coloring that are analogous to cliques in traditional vertex coloring. Bounds on the sizes of these subgraphs are given for planar, outerplanar, and series-parallel graphs. In particular, the main result of the paper is that a planar graph cannot contain an induced subgraph D with more than 36 vertices such that each pair of vertices in D are joined by a directed path of length at most two.

Keywords: graph coloring, oriented coloring, clique,planar graph.

2000 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15, 05C20, 05C69.


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Received 15 October 2002
Revised 11 March 2004