Relations among the fractional chromatic, choice, Hall, and Hall-condition numbers of simple graphs

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Hall's condition for the existence of a proper vertex list-multicoloring of a simple graph G has recently been used to define the fractional Hall and Hall-condition numbers of G, hf(G) and Sf(G). Little is known about hf(G), but it is known that Sf(G) = max[|V(H)|/α(H);H ≤ G], where '≤' means 'is a subgraph of' and α(H) denotes the vertex independence number of H. Let χf(G) and cf(G) denote the fractional chromatic and choice (list-chromatic) numbers of G. (Actually, Slivnik has shown that these are equal, but we will continue to distinguish notationally between them.) We give various relations among χf(G), cf(G), hf(G), and sf(G), mostly notably that χf(G)=cf(G)=sf(G), when G is a line graph. We give examples to show that this equality does not necessarily hold when G is not a line graph. Relations among and behavior of the 'k-fold' parameters that appear in the definitions of the fractional parameters are also investigated. The k-fold Hall numbers of the claw are determined and from this certain conclusions follow - for instance, that the sequence (h(k)(G)) of k-fold Hall numbers of a graph G is not necessarily subadditive. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Daneshgar, A., Hilton, A. J. W., & Johnson, P. D. (2001). Relations among the fractional chromatic, choice, Hall, and Hall-condition numbers of simple graphs. Discrete Mathematics, 241(1–3), 189–199. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0012-365X(01)00117-0

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