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Journal articles (2020), Discrete Applied Mathematics, 281 (1), pp. 69-80

The minimum chromatic violation problem: a polyhedral study


In this paper we define a generalization of the classical vertex coloring problem of a graph, where some pairs of adjacent vertices can be assigned to the same color. We call weak an edge connecting two such vertices. We look for a coloring of the graph minimizing the number of weak edges having its endpoints assigned to the same color. This problem is called the minimum chromatic violation problem (MCVP). We present an integer programming formulation for this problem and provide an initial polyhedral study of the polytope arising from this formulation. We give partial characterizations of facet-inducing inequalities and we show how facets from different instances of MCVP are related. We then introduce general lifting procedures which generate (sometimes facet-inducing) valid inequalities from generic valid inequalities. We exhibit several facet-inducing families arising from these procedures and we present a family of facet-inducing inequalities which is not obtained from the prior lifting procedures, associated with certain substructures in the given graph. Finally, we analyze the extreme case of all weak edges and its relationship with the well-known -partition problem. Link to the article

BRAGA, M., DELLE DONNE, D., ESCALANTE, M., MARENCO, J. and VARALDO, M.C. (2020). The minimum chromatic violation problem: a polyhedral study. Discrete Applied Mathematics, 281(1), pp. 69-80.

Keywords : #Chromatic-violation, #Graph-coloring, #Polyhedral-study, #partition