Proof of the List Edge Coloring Conjecture for Complete Graphs of Prime Degree

Uwe Schauz


We prove that the list-chromatic index and paintability index of $K_{p+1}$ is $p$, for all odd primes $p$. This implies that the List Edge Coloring Conjecture holds for complete graphs with less then 10 vertices. It also shows that there are arbitrarily big complete graphs for which the conjecture holds, even among the complete graphs of class 1. Our proof combines the Quantitative Combinatorial Nullstellensatz with the Paintability Nullstellensatz and a group action on symmetric Latin squares. It displays various ways of using different Nullstellensätze. We also obtain a partial proof of a version of Alon and Tarsi's Conjecture about even and odd Latin squares.


List edge coloring; Complete graph; Combinatorial Nullstellensatz; Latin square; Paintability

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