Title

New spectral bounds on the chromatic number encompassing all eigenvalues of the adjacency matrix

Authors

Authors

P. Wocjan;C. Elphick

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Electron. J. Comb.

Keywords

chromatic number; spectral bounds; majorization; GRAPH; RADIUS; CLIQUE; APPROXIMATE; Mathematics, Applied; Mathematics

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to improve existing lower bounds on the chromatic number chi. Let mu(1), . . . , mu(n) be the eigenvalues of the adjacency matrix sorted in non-increasing order. First, we prove the lower bound chi >= 1 + max(m){Sigma(m)(i=1)mu i/ - Sigma(m)(i=1) mu(n-i+1)} for m = 1, . . . , n - 1. This generalizes the Hoffman lower bound which only involves the maximum and minimum eigenvalues, i.e., the case m = 1. We provide several examples for which the new bound exceeds the Hoffman lower bound. Second, we conjecture the lower bound chi = 1 + S+/S-, where S+ and S- are the sums of the squares of positive and negative eigenvalues, respectively. To corroborate this conjecture, we prove the weaker bound chi = S+/S-. We show that the conjectured lower bound is tight for several families of graphs. We also performed various searches for a counter-example, but none was found. Our proofs rely on a new technique of converting the adjacency matrix into the zero matrix by conjugating with unitary matrices and use majorization of spectra of self-adjoint matrices. We also show that the above bounds are actually lower bounds on the normalized orthogonal rank of a graph, which is always less than or equal to the chromatic number. The normalized orthogonal rank is the minimum dimension making it possible to assign vectors with entries of modulus one to the vertices such that two such vectors are orthogonal if the corresponding vertices are connected. All these bounds are also valid when we replace the adjacency matrix A by W * A where W is an arbitrary self-adjoint matrix and * denotes the Schur product, that is, entrywise product of W and A.

Journal Title

Electronic Journal of Combinatorics

Volume

20

Issue/Number

3

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

18

WOS Identifier

WOS:000324385300001

ISSN

1077-8926

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