**Chromatic Number-**

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We gave discussed-

- Graph Coloring is a process of assigning colors to the vertices of a graph.
- It ensures that no two adjacent vertices of the graph are colored with the same color.
- Chromatic Number is the minimum number of colors required to properly color any graph.

In this article, we will discuss how to find Chromatic Number of any graph.

**Graph Coloring Algorithm-**

- There exists no efficient algorithm for coloring a graph with minimum number of colors.
- Graph Coloring is a NP complete problem.

However, a following greedy algorithm is known for finding the chromatic number of any given graph.

**Greedy Algorithm-**

**Step-01:**

Color first vertex with the first color.

**Step-02:**

Now, consider the remaining (V-1) vertices one by one and do the following-

- Color the currently picked vertex with the lowest numbered color if it has not been used to color any of its adjacent vertices.
- If it has been used, then choose the next least numbered color.
- If all the previously used colors have been used, then assign a new color to the currently picked vertex.

**Drawbacks of Greedy Algorithm-**

There are following drawbacks of the above Greedy Algorithm-

- The above algorithm does not always use minimum number of colors.
- The number of colors used sometimes depend on the order in which the vertices are processed.

**Also Read-** **Types of Graphs in Graph Theory**

**PRACTICE PROBLEMS BASED ON FINDING CHROMATIC NUMBER OF A GRAPH-**

**Problem-01:**

Find chromatic number of the following graph-

**Solution-**

Applying Greedy Algorithm, we have-

Vertex |
a | b | c | d | e | f |

Color |
C1 | C2 | C1 | C2 | C1 | C2 |

From here,

- Minimum number of colors used to color the given graph are 2.
- Therefore, Chromatic Number of the given graph = 2.

The given graph may be properly colored using 2 colors as shown below-

**Problem-02:**

Find chromatic number of the following graph-

**Solution-**

Applying Greedy Algorithm, we have-

Vertex |
a | b | c | d | e | f |

Color |
C1 | C2 | C2 | C3 | C3 | C1 |

From here,

- Minimum number of colors used to color the given graph are 3.
- Therefore, Chromatic Number of the given graph = 3.

The given graph may be properly colored using 3 colors as shown below-

**Problem-03:**

Find chromatic number of the following graph-

**Solution-**

Applying Greedy Algorithm, we have-

Vertex |
a | b | c | d | e | f | g |

Color |
C1 | C2 | C1 | C3 | C2 | C3 | C4 |

From here,

- Minimum number of colors used to color the given graph are 4.
- Therefore, Chromatic Number of the given graph = 4.

The given graph may be properly colored using 4 colors as shown below-

**Problem-04:**

Find chromatic number of the following graph-

**Solution-**

Applying Greedy Algorithm, we have-

Vertex |
a | b | c | d | e | f |

Color |
C1 | C2 | C3 | C1 | C2 | C3 |

From here,

- Minimum number of colors used to color the given graph are 3.
- Therefore, Chromatic Number of the given graph = 3.

The given graph may be properly colored using 3 colors as shown below-

**Problem-05:**

Find chromatic number of the following graph-

**Solution-**

Applying Greedy Algorithm,

- Minimum number of colors required to color the given graph are 3.
- Therefore, Chromatic Number of the given graph = 3.

The given graph may be properly colored using 3 colors as shown below-

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