Given an integer k≥2, we consider the problem of computing the smallest real number t(k) such that for each set P of points in the plane, there exists a t(k)-spanner for P that has chromatic number at most k. We prove that t(2)=3, t(3)=2, t(4)=2, and give upper and lower bounds on t(k) for k>4. We also show that for any >0, there exists a (1+)t(k)-spanner for P that has O(|P|) edges and chromatic number at most k. Finally, we consider an on-line variant of the problem where the points of P are given one after another, and the color of a point must be assigned at the moment the point is given. In this setting, we prove that t(2)=3, t(3)=1+3, t(4)=1+2, and give upper and lower bounds on t(k) for k>4.

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Keywords Computational geometry, Geometric graph, k-colorable graphs, Online algorithm, Paz graph, Spanners
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.comgeo.2008.04.003
Journal Computational Geometry
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Bose, P, Carmi, P. (Paz), Couture, M. (Mathieu), Maheshwari, A, Smid, M, & Zeh, N. (Norbert). (2009). Geometric spanners with small chromatic number. Computational Geometry, 42(2), 134–146. doi:10.1016/j.comgeo.2008.04.003