Authors: Vučković, Bojan 
Title: Edge-partitions of graphs and their neighbor-distinguishing index
Journal: Discrete Mathematics
Volume: 340
Issue: 12
First page: 3092
Last page: 3096
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2017
Rank: M22
ISSN: 0012-365X
DOI: 10.1016/j.disc.2017.07.005
Abstract: 
A proper edge coloring is neighbor-distinguishing if any two adjacent vertices have distinct sets consisting of colors of their incident edges. The minimum number of colors needed for a neighbor-distinguishing edge coloring is the neighbor-distinguishing index, denoted by χa′(G). A graph is normal if it contains no isolated edges. Let G be a normal graph, and let Δ(G) and χ′(G) denote the maximum degree and the chromatic index of G, respectively. We modify the previously known techniques of edge-partitioning to prove that χa′(G)≤2χ′(G), which implies that χa′(G)≤2Δ(G)+2. This improves the result in Wang et al. (2015), which states that χa′(G)≤[Formula presented]Δ(G) for any normal graph. We also prove that χa′(G)≤2Δ(G) when Δ(G)=2k, k is an integer with k≥2.
Keywords: Edge-partition | Maximum degree | Neighbor-distinguishing edge coloring
Publisher: Elsevier

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