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Clique-transversal sets of line graphs and complements of line graphs. (English) Zbl 0734.05077
Authors’ abstract: A clique-transversal set T of a graph G is a set of vertices of G such that T meets all maximal cliques of G. The clique- transversal number, denoted \(\tau_ c(G)\), is the minimum cardinality of a clique-transversal set. Let n be the number of vertices of G. We study classes of graphs G for which n/2 is an upper bound for \(\tau_ c(G)\). Assuming that G has no isolated vertices it is shown that (i) \(\tau_ c(G)\leq n/2\) for all connected line graphs with the exception of odd cycles, and (ii) \(\tau_ c(G)\leq n/2\) for all complements of line graphs with the exception of five small graphs. In addition, a closely related question is studied: call G weakly 2-colorable if its vertices can be colored with 2 colors such that G has no monochromatic maximal clique of size \(\geq 2\). It is proved that a connected line graph \(G=L(H)\) is weakly 2-colorable iff H has a 2-coloring of its edges without monochromatic triangles and H is not an odd cycle. Moreover it is shown that complements of line graphs are weakly 2-colorable, with the exception of nine small graphs.

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05C99 Graph theory
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