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What is the minimum number of colors needed to color a graph with five vertices. The graph contain a cycle also
asked in Graph Theory by Veteran (10.7k points)   | 371 views

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If you say minimum then it should be 2 ( a cyclic graph with even  vertices required 2 colours and for odd 3 ) and we can form a cyclic graph with 4 vertices and 5th vertex will connect any one of that cyclic vertices with one edge (of course :D ) . peace

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answered by Boss (9.2k points)  
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Works only if the 5th vertex is disconnected. For graph coloring I guess connection is implied.

if it a null graph then only 1 colour is needed .

Bad miss. You are correct :)

Hi @Pranay Datta 1

@Arjun sir

Can you please explain this logic ? Because I knew C5 or any odd vertices cycle graph is 3 colorable. As , it already contains a cycle .


the question says "The graph contain a cycle " 

it didnot mention any odd or even length cycle .

so if we take even length then it wiil be 2 .

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if there is cycle of 4 verticces then 2 colour required if there is cycle of 5 vertices then 3 colors are required
answered by Active (1.2k points)  
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If Graph contains cycle,either its odd cycle or even cycle

case 1:odd cycle :3

case 2:even cycle :2

we should take best solution in worst case so it will be 3 colors.
answered by Boss (7.3k points)  
the minimum no. of colour need with 5 vertices which  contains a cycle is 2 . and in wrost case with 5 vertices we need 5 colours (k5) .

K5 has nany cycles here he said a cycle ie 1 cycle.. 

And we have to give minimum color in  worst case.. Even will be the best case

yes you are right , they says for a cycle but the best case for this 2 which is minimum .
Still a bit confused should we consider best case here or worst case
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its 3. draw a graph and colour it and check
answered by (189 points)  
Minimum should be 2. (They are saying graph has a cycle , not that graph is cycle !)
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