Decomposing and Clique-Coloring (Diamond, Odd-Hole)-Free Graphs

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A diamond is a graph on four vertices with exactly one pair of nonadjacent vertices, and an odd hole is an induced cycle of odd length greater than 3. If G and H are graphs, G is H-free if no induced subgraph of G is isomorphic to H. A clique-coloring of G is an assignment of colors to the vertices of G such that no inclusion-wise maximal clique of size at least 2 is monochromatic. We show that every (diamond, odd-hole)-free graph is 3-clique-colorable, answering a question of Bacsó et al. (SIAM J Discrete Math 17(3) (2004), 361–376).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-41
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Graph Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geometry and Topology
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics


  • clique-coloring
  • diamond-free
  • odd-hole-free
  • perfect graphs


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