Representing edge intersection graphs of paths on degree 4 trees

Martin Charles Golumbic, Marina Lipshteyn, Michal Stern

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Let P be a collection of nontrivial simple paths on a host tree T. The edge intersection graph of P, denoted by EPT (P), has vertex set that corresponds to the members of P, and two vertices are joined by an edge if and only if the corresponding members of P share at least one common edge in T. An undirected graph G is called an edge intersection graph of paths in a tree if G = EPT (P) for some P and T. The EPT graphs are useful in network applications. Scheduling undirected calls in a tree network or assigning wavelengths to virtual connections in an optical tree network are equivalent to coloring its EPT graph. An undirected graph G is chordal if every cycle in G of length greater than 3 possesses a chord. Chordal graphs correspond to vertex intersection graphs of subtrees on a tree. An undirected graph G is weakly chordal if every cycle of length greater than 4 in G and in its complement over(G, -) possesses a chord. It is known that the EPT graphs restricted to host trees of vertex degree 3 are precisely the chordal EPT graphs. We prove a new analogous result that weakly chordal EPT graphs are precisely the EPT graphs with host tree restricted to degree 4. Moreover, this provides an algorithm to reduce a given EPT representation of a weakly chordal EPT graph to an EPT representation on a degree 4 tree. Finally, we raise a number of intriguing open questions regarding related families of graphs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1381-1387
Number of pages7
JournalDiscrete Mathematics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 28 Apr 2008


  • Coloring
  • EPT graphs
  • Intersection graphs
  • Paths of a tree
  • Weakly chordal graphs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics


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