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Planar decompositions and the crossing number of graphs with an excluded minor
 IN GRAPH DRAWING 2006; LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE 4372
, 2007
"... Tree decompositions of graphs are of fundamental importance in structural and algorithmic graph theory. Planar decompositions generalise tree decompositions by allowing an arbitrary planar graph to index the decomposition. We prove that every graph that excludes a fixed graph as a minor has a planar ..."
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Tree decompositions of graphs are of fundamental importance in structural and algorithmic graph theory. Planar decompositions generalise tree decompositions by allowing an arbitrary planar graph to index the decomposition. We prove that every graph that excludes a fixed graph as a minor has a planar decomposition with bounded width and a linear number of bags. The crossing number of a graph is the minimum number of crossings in a drawing of the graph in the plane. We prove that planar decompositions are intimately related to the crossing number. In particular, a graph with bounded degree has linear crossing number if and only if it has a planar decomposition with bounded width and linear order. It follows from the above result about planar decompositions that every graph with bounded degree and an excluded minor has linear crossing number. Analogous results are proved for the convex and rectilinear crossing numbers. In particular, every graph with bounded degree and bounded treewidth has linear convex crossing number, and every K3,3minorfree graph with bounded degree has linear rectilinear crossing number.
Notes on nonrepetitive graph colouring
 Electron. J. Combin
, 2008
"... A vertex colouring of a graph is nonrepetitive on paths if there is no path v1, v2,..., v2t such that vi and vt+i receive the same colour for all i = 1, 2,..., t. We determine the maximum density of a graph that admits a kcolouring that is nonrepetitive on paths. We prove that every graph has a sub ..."
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A vertex colouring of a graph is nonrepetitive on paths if there is no path v1, v2,..., v2t such that vi and vt+i receive the same colour for all i = 1, 2,..., t. We determine the maximum density of a graph that admits a kcolouring that is nonrepetitive on paths. We prove that every graph has a subdivision that admits a 4colouring that is nonrepetitive on paths. The best previous bound was 5. We also study colourings that are nonrepetitive on walks, and provide a conjecture that would imply that every graph with maximum degree ∆ has a f(∆)colouring that is nonrepetitive on walks. We prove that every graph with treewidth k and maximum degree ∆ has a O(k∆)colouring that is nonrepetitive on paths, and a O(k ∆ 3)colouring that is nonrepetitive on walks. 1