Graphs with Large Distinguishing Chromatic Number

  • Michael Cavers
  • Karen Seyffarth
Keywords: Distinguishing chromatic number, Distinguishing number, Graph Colouring, Graph automorphism


The distinguishing chromatic number $\chi_D(G)$ of a graph $G$ is the minimum number of colours required to properly colour the vertices of $G$ so that the only automorphism of $G$ that preserves colours is the identity. For a graph $G$ of order $n$, it is clear that $1\leq\chi_D(G)\leq n$, and it has been shown that $\chi_D(G)=n$ if and only if $G$ is a complete multipartite graph. This paper characterizes the graphs $G$ of order $n$ satisfying $\chi_D(G)=n-1$ or $\chi_D(G)=n-2$.
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