### Abstract

A class γ of graphs is χ-bounded if there exists a function f such that χ (G) ≤ f (ω (G)) for all graphs G ∈ γ, where χ denotes chromatic number and ω denotes clique number. Gyárfás and Sumner independently conjectured that, for any tree T, the class Forb (T), consisting of graphs that do not contain T as an induced subgraph, is χ-bounded. The first author and Penrice showed that this conjecture is true for any radius two tree. Here we use the work of several authors to show that the conjecture is true for radius three trees obtained from radius two trees by making exactly one subdivision in every edge adjacent to the root. These are the only trees with radius greater than two, other than subdivided stars, for which the conjecture is known to be true.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 571-581 |

Number of pages | 11 |

Journal | SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics |

Volume | 17 |

Issue number | 4 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Apr 1 2004 |

### Keywords

- Chromatic number
- Clique number
- Forbidden induced subgraph
- Radius three tree
- Template

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics(all)

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## Cite this

*SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics*,

*17*(4), 571-581. https://doi.org/10.1137/S0895480198339869