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Interval EdgeColorings of Graphs
 Date Issued:
 2016
 Abstract/Description:
 A proper edgecoloring of a graph G by positive integers is called an interval edgecoloring if the colors assigned to the edges incident to any vertex in G are consecutive (i.e., those colors form an interval of integers). The notion of interval edgecolorings was first introduced by Asratian and Kamalian in 1987, motivated by the problem of finding compact school timetables. In 1992, Hansen described another scenario using interval edgecolorings to schedule parentteacher conferences so that every person's conferences occur in consecutive slots. A solution exists if and only if the bipartite graph with vertices for parents and teachers, and edges for the required meetings, has an interval edgecoloring.A wellknown result of Vizing states that for any simple graph $G$, $\chi'(G) \leq \Delta(G) + 1$, where $\chi'(G)$ and $\Delta(G)$ denote the edgechromatic number and maximum degree of $G$, respectively. A graph $G$ is called class 1 if $\chi'(G) = \Delta(G)$, and class 2 if $\chi'(G) = \Delta(G) + 1$. One can see that any graph admitting an interval edgecoloring must be of class 1, and thus every graph of class 2 does not have such a coloring.Finding an interval edgecoloring of a given graph is hard. In fact, it has been shown that determining whether a bipartite graph has an interval edgecoloring is NPcomplete. In this thesis, we survey known results on interval edgecolorings of graphs, with a focus on the progress of $(a, b)$biregular bipartite graphs. Discussion of related topics and future work is included at the end. We also give a new proof of Theorem 3.15 on the existence of proper path factors of $(3, 4)$biregular graphs. Finally, we obtain a new result, Theorem 3.18, which states that if a proper path factor of any $(3, 4)$biregular graph has no path of length 8, then it contains paths of length 6 only. The new result we obtained and the method we developed in the proof of Theorem 3.15 might be helpful in attacking the open problems mentioned in the Future Work section of Chapter 5.
Title:  Interval EdgeColorings of Graphs. 
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Name(s): 
Foster, Austin, Author Song, Zixia, Committee Chair Reid, Michael, Committee Member Brennan, Joseph, Committee Member University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor 

Type of Resource:  text  
Date Issued:  2016  
Publisher:  University of Central Florida  
Language(s):  English  
Abstract/Description:  A proper edgecoloring of a graph G by positive integers is called an interval edgecoloring if the colors assigned to the edges incident to any vertex in G are consecutive (i.e., those colors form an interval of integers). The notion of interval edgecolorings was first introduced by Asratian and Kamalian in 1987, motivated by the problem of finding compact school timetables. In 1992, Hansen described another scenario using interval edgecolorings to schedule parentteacher conferences so that every person's conferences occur in consecutive slots. A solution exists if and only if the bipartite graph with vertices for parents and teachers, and edges for the required meetings, has an interval edgecoloring.A wellknown result of Vizing states that for any simple graph $G$, $\chi'(G) \leq \Delta(G) + 1$, where $\chi'(G)$ and $\Delta(G)$ denote the edgechromatic number and maximum degree of $G$, respectively. A graph $G$ is called class 1 if $\chi'(G) = \Delta(G)$, and class 2 if $\chi'(G) = \Delta(G) + 1$. One can see that any graph admitting an interval edgecoloring must be of class 1, and thus every graph of class 2 does not have such a coloring.Finding an interval edgecoloring of a given graph is hard. In fact, it has been shown that determining whether a bipartite graph has an interval edgecoloring is NPcomplete. In this thesis, we survey known results on interval edgecolorings of graphs, with a focus on the progress of $(a, b)$biregular bipartite graphs. Discussion of related topics and future work is included at the end. We also give a new proof of Theorem 3.15 on the existence of proper path factors of $(3, 4)$biregular graphs. Finally, we obtain a new result, Theorem 3.18, which states that if a proper path factor of any $(3, 4)$biregular graph has no path of length 8, then it contains paths of length 6 only. The new result we obtained and the method we developed in the proof of Theorem 3.15 might be helpful in attacking the open problems mentioned in the Future Work section of Chapter 5.  
Identifier:  CFE0006301 (IID), ucf:51609 (fedora)  
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20160801 M.S. Sciences, Mathematics Masters This record was generated from author submitted information. 

Subject(s):  graph theory  interval edgecoloring  compact scheduling  biregular graph  
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Host Institution:  UCF 