A Better Lower Bound on Average Degree of Online $k$-List-Critical Graphs

Landon Rabern

Abstract


We improve the best known bounds on average degree of online $k$-list-critical graphs for $k \geqslant 6$. Specifically, for $k \geqslant 7$ we show that every non-complete online $k$-list-critical graph has average degree at least $k-1 + \frac{(k-3)^2 (2 k-3)}{k^4-2 k^3-11 k^2+28 k-14}$ and every non-complete online $6$-list-critical graph has average degree at least $5 + \frac{93}{766}$. The same bounds hold for offline $k$-list-critical graphs.


Keywords


List colouring; Online list colouring; Average degree; Critical graphs

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