On bounding the difference of the maximum degree and clique number

Abstract

For every k ∈ ℕ0, we consider graphs in which for any induced subgraph, Δ ≤ ω−1+k holds, where Δ is the maximum degree and ω is the maximum clique number of the subgraph. We give a finite forbidden induced subgraph characterization for every k. As an application, we find some results on the chromatic number χ of a graph. B.Reed stated the conjecture that for every graph, χ ≤ ⌈Δ+ω+1 / 2⌉ holds. Since this inequality is fulfilled by graphs in which Δ ≤ ω+2 holds, our results provide a hereditary graph class for which the conjecture holds

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