A column generation based algorithm for the robust graph coloring problem

Birol Yuceoglu, Guvenc Sahin*, Stan P. M. van Hoesel

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Given an undirected simple graph gg, an integer kk, and a cost cijcij for each pair of non-adjacent vertices in gg, a robust coloring of gg is the assignment of kk colors to vertices such that adjacent vertices get different colors and the total penalty of the pairs of vertices having the same color is minimum. The problem has applications in fields such as timetabling and scheduling. We present a new formulation for the problem, which extends an existing formulation for the graph coloring problem. We also discuss a column generation based solution method. We report computational study on the performance of alternative formulations and the column generation method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-352
JournalDiscrete Applied Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2017


  • Robust graph coloring
  • Representatives formulation
  • Set-covering formulation
  • Column generation
  • Reduced cost fixing

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