Total 4-Choosability of Series-Parallel Graphs

  • Douglas R. Woodall


It is proved that, if $G$ is a $K_4$-minor-free graph with maximum degree 3, then $G$ is totally 4-choosable; that is, if every element (vertex or edge) of $G$ is assigned a list of 4 colours, then every element can be coloured with a colour from its own list in such a way that every two adjacent or incident elements are coloured with different colours. Together with other known results, this shows that the List-Total-Colouring Conjecture, that ${\rm ch}"(G) = \chi"(G)$ for every graph $G$, is true for all $K_4$-minor-free graphs and, therefore, for all outerplanar graphs.

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