Coloring graphs with forbidden bipartite subgraphs

Graph Theory Seminar
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 3:45pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location For password, please email Anton Bernshteyn (bahtoh ~at~
James Anderson – Georgia Institute of Technology – janderson338@math.gatech.edu
Anton Bernshteyn

A conjecture by Alon, Krivelevich, and Sudakov in 1999 states that for any graph $H$, there is a constant $c_H > 0$ such that if $G$ is $H$-free of maximum degree $\Delta$, then $\chi(G) \leq c_H \Delta / \log\Delta$. It follows from work by Davies et al. in 2020 that this conjecture holds for $H$ bipartite (specifically $H = K_{t, t}$), with the constant $c_H = (t+o(1))$. We improve this constant to $1 + o(1)$ so it does not depend on $H$, and extend our result to the DP-coloring (also known as correspondence coloring) case introduced by Dvořák and Postle. That is, we show for every bipartite graph $B$, if $G$ is $B$-free with maximum degree $\Delta$, then $\chi_{DP}(G) \leq (1+o(1))\Delta/\log(\Delta)$.

This is joint work with Anton Bernshteyn and Abhishek Dhawan.