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Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 33(2) (2013) 289-306
DOI: 10.7151/dmgt.1659

Vertex-distinguishing IE-total colorings of complete bipartite graphs Km,n(m<n)

Xiang'en Chen, Yuping Gao and Bing Yao

College of Mathematics and Information Science
Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, P. R. China


Let G be a simple graph. An IE-total coloring f of G is a coloring of the vertices and edges of G so that no two adjacent vertices receive the same color. Let C(u) be the set of colors of vertex u and edges incident to u under f. For an IE-total coloring f of G using k colors, if C(u) ≠ C(v) for any two different vertices u and v of G, then f is called a k-vertex-distinguishing IE-total-coloring of G, or a k-VDIET coloring of G for short. The minimum number of colors required for a VDIET coloring of G is denoted by χvtie(G), and is called vertex-distinguishing IE-total chromatic number or the VDIET chromatic number of G for short. VDIET colorings of complete bipartite graphs Km,n(m < n) are discussed in this paper. Particularly, the VDIET chromatic numbers of Km,n(1 ≤ m ≤ 7,m < n) as well as complete graphs Kn are obtained.

Keywords: complete bipartite graphs, IE-total coloring, vertex-distinguishing IE-total coloring, vertex-distinguishing IE-total chromatic number

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C15.


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Received 11 October 2010
Revised 11 July 2011
Accepted 5 March 2012