On-line List Colouring of Random Graphs

Alan Frieze, Dieter Mitsche, Xavier Pérez-Giménez, Paweł Prałat


In this paper, the on-line list colouring of binomial random graphs $\mathcal{G}(n,p)$ is studied. We show that the on-line choice number of $\mathcal{G}(n,p)$ is asymptotically almost surely asymptotic to the chromatic number of $\mathcal{G}(n,p)$, provided that the average degree $d=p(n-1)$ tends to infinity faster than $(\log \log n)^{1/3} (\log n)^2 n^{2/3}$. For sparser graphs, we are slightly less successful; we show that if $d \ge (\log n)^{2+\epsilon}$ for some $\epsilon>0$, then the on-line choice number is larger than the chromatic number by at most a multiplicative factor of $C$, where $C \in [2,4]$, depending on the range of $d$. Also, for $d=O(1)$, the on-line choice number is by at most a multiplicative constant factor larger than the chromatic number.

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