Discrete Math Seminar: Weak degeneracy of graphs

April 5, 2022, 3:10-4:00pm | Carver 401

Speaker: Anton Bernshteyn (Georgia Tech)

Abstract: Motivated by the study of greedy algorithms for graph coloring, we introduce a new graph parameter, which we call weak degeneracy. This notion formalizes a particularly simple way of “saving” colors while coloring a graph greedily. It turns out that many upper bounds on chromatic numbers follow from corresponding bounds on weak degeneracy. In this talk I will survey some of these bounds as well as state a number of open problems. This is joint work with Eugene Lee (Carnegie Mellon University).