A repetition is a sequence of symbols in which the first half is the same as the second half. An edge-coloring of a graph is repetition-free or nonrepetitive if there is no path with a color pattern that is a repetition. The minimum number of colors so that a graph has a nonrepetitive edge-coloring is called its Thue edge-chromatic number. We improve on the best known general upper bound of $4\Delta-4$ for the Thue edge-chromatic number of trees of maximum degree $\Delta$ due to Alon, Grytczuk, Ha{\l}uszczak and Riordan (2002) by providing a simple nonrepetitive edge-coloring with $3\Delta-2$ colors.

Source : oai:arXiv.org:1701.04227

Volume: Vol 19 no. 1

Section: Graph Theory

Published on: June 27, 2017

Submitted on: June 20, 2017

Keywords: Mathematics - Combinatorics,05C05, 05C15, 68R15

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