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 Issue Wuhan Univ. J. Nat. Sci. Volume 28, Number 3, June 2023 201 - 206 https://doi.org/10.1051/wujns/2023283201 13 July 2023

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## 0 Introduction

All graphs discussed in this paper are simple, non-directed graphs. Many conclusions have been obtained regarding the vertex-distinguished proper edge coloring[1-3] and vertex-distinguished general edge coloring[4-7] of graphs. In 2008, Zhang et al[8] proposed vertex-distinguished total coloring and related conjectures of graphs. In 2014, Chen et al[9] introduced vertex-distinguished I-total coloring and related conjectures of graphs. Many studies have been made on vertex-distinguished I-(VI-)total colorings of graphs [10-12]. In this study, we consider vertex-distinguished I-(VI-)total colorings of by multiple sets.

Let be a simple graph. Suppose a mapping is a general total coloring of (not necessarily proper). If , and are adjacent vertices, we have , and if , we have , then is called the I-total coloring of . If any two adjacent edges of receives different colors, then is called VI-total coloring of . Obviously, I-total coloring is VI-total coloring, and the reverse is uncertain. For an I- total coloring (resp.VI- total coloring) of , if colors are used, then is called -I-total coloring of (resp.-VI-total coloring). Note that when we refer to the -I-total coloring (resp.-VI-total coloring) of graph, we always assume that the colors used are .

Let be a general total coloring of . For any vertex in , denotes the multiple set of colors of vertex and edges that are incident of vertex . is said to be the color set of under . No confusion arises when using . Obviously, . If for any two distinct vertices and of , then is called vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. Let

{ has -I-total coloring which is vertex-distinguished by multiple sets}

and

{ has -VI-total coloring which is vertex-distinguished by multiple sets}.

Then, is called the I-total chromatic number of which is vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. Similarly, is called the VI-total chromatic number of which is vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. Let represent the number of vertices of degree . Suppose that

Proposition 1   .

Proof   Obviously, I-total coloring is VI-total coloring. Thus .

Set has -VI-total coloring which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. For . Considering the vertices of the degree , we obtain

Thus, . Therefore, , namely . This completes the proof.

## 1 Preliminaries

We first define a matrix , for any ,

Let . Submatrix is an matrix. It is comprised by all the elements which are only in or rows but also in or columns of . The following six schemes are presented for the I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. Note that all lowercase letters represent different colors.

In Fig. 1(a), the color set of each vertex of is . This coloring scheme is Co1.

 Fig.1The coloring scheme Co1, Co2, and Co3

In Fig. 1(b), the color set of each vertex of is . This coloring scheme is Co2.

In Fig. 1(c), the color set of each vertex of is . This coloring scheme is Co3.

In Fig. 2(a), the color set of each vertex of is . This coloring scheme is Co4.

 Fig.2The coloring scheme Co4, Co5, and Co6

In Fig. 2(b), the color set of each vertex of is . This coloring scheme is Co5.

In Fig. 2(c), the color set of each vertex of is . This coloring scheme is Co6.

Lemma 1   When ( is an odd number), are the color sets of the vertices under I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets in Fig. 1(a).

Lemma 2   When , and are not , , are the color sets of the vertices under I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets in Fig. 1(b).

Lemma 3   If , then for except can be divided into groups, each group has four 3-subsets. These are the color sets of the vertices under I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets.

Proof   We use Lemmas 1 and 2, and only consider the remaining entries of .

Case 1: .

For each , considering the remaining entries of the columns: . These four 3-subsets are the color sets of the vertices in Co4.

Case 2: .

Ⅰ. The remaining entries in columns can be divided into two groups, . The corresponding coloring schemes are Co3 and Co4, respectively.

Ⅱ. For each , considering the remaining entries of the columns, which can be divided into three groups:

. The corresponding coloring schemes are Co4, Co4, and Co4, respectively.

Lemma 4   If , then all non-empty sets in except for (when ) or (when ) can be divided into groups, and each group has four 3-subsets. These are the color sets of the vertices under I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets.

Proof   We use Lemmas 1 and 2, and only consider the remaining entries of .

Case 1: .

For the remaining entries in columns, the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 2 Ⅰ. For , considering the remaining entries of the columns, the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 2 Ⅱ. For the six remaining entries in columns, there is a group , namely Co4.

This leaves the 3-subsets .

Case 2: .

For each , considering the remaining entries in columns, the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 1.

This leaves the 3-subsets .

Lemma 5   If , then all non-empty sets in except for (when ) or (when ) can be divided into groups, and each group has four 3-subsets. These are the color sets of the vertices under I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets.

Proof   We use Lemmas 1 and 2, and only consider the entries of .

Case 1: .

For each , considering the remaining entries in columns , the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 1.

This leaves the 3-subsets .

Case 2: .

For the remaining entries of columns, the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 2 Ⅰ. For , considering the remaining entries of the columns, the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 2.

This leaves the 3-subsets .

Lemma 6   If , then all non-empty sets in except can be divided into groups, and each group has four 3-subsets. These are the color sets of the vertices under I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets.

Proof   We use Lemmas 1 and 2, and only consider the remaining entries of .

For each , considering the remaining entries of the columns, the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 1.

This leaves 3-subset .

Lemma 7   If , then all non-empty sets in except for can be divided into groups, and each group has four 3-subsets. These are the color sets of the vertices under I-total colorings of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets.

Proof   We use Lemmas 1 and 2, and only consider the remaining entries of .

For the remaining entries in columns, the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 2 Ⅰ. For , considering the remaining entries in columns , the grouping is obtained and the corresponding coloring scheme is determined using Lemma 3 Case 2. For the remaining in columns, there is a group except for , namely Co4.

This leaves the 3-subsets .

## 2 Main Results and Their Proofs

Theorem 1   If , then .

Proof   Obviously, there is . Therefore, we can directly give the -I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets.

① When . Use , that is, Co1 to color the first . Thus, the multiple 3-subsets remain.

② When . Based on I-total coloring of the first , we start coloring from the second . According to Lemma 1, one can be colored with Co1. Subsequently, the multiple 3-subsets remain. The third is colored with Co1, under which the color sets of four vertices are and ① remaining . The fourth is colored with ① remaining and , as illustrated in Fig.3. Thus far, all multiple 3-subsets of have been used.

 Fig.3Vertex-distinguished I-total coloring of

③ When . Based on the previous step, we start coloring from the 5-th . According to Lemmas 1 and 2, can be colored with Co1, Co1, and Co2. Subsequently, the multiple 3-subset remain.

④ When . Based on the I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets, we start coloring from the 8-th . According to Lemmas 1 and 2, can be colored with Co1, Co1, and Co2. The remaining entries are , which can be divided into two groups that can color with Co3 and Co4. As all multiple 3-subsets containing 6 are used up in the above coloring, the remaining 3-subsets are still .

⑤ When . Based on the I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets, we color from the 13-th to 19-th . According to Lemmas 1 and 2, can be colored with the Co1, Co1, Co1, Co2, Co2, and Co2. Now, the 3-subsets and ③ remaining are used to color the 19-th with Co6. Due to the above coloring, all multiple 3-subsets containing 7 are used. Thus, the remaining 3-subset is still left.

⑥ When . We start from the 20-th based on the preceding coloring. According to Lemmas 1 and 2, can be colored with Co1, Co1, Co1, Co2, Co2 and Co2. The remaining 3-subsets are . The 3-subsets are used to color the 26-th with Co3. The 27-th is colored with Co4, under which the color sets of four vertices are . The 3-subsets and ③ remaining are used to color the 28-th with Co5. Consequently, all multiple 3-subsets of have been used.

⑦ Let , we recursively proceed as following process.

We have obtained (-I-total coloring of which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. On this basis, we will construct the I-total coloring from the -th to -th which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets.

When . Using Lemma 3, we can obtain the -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets, and we have used all 3-subsets of .

When . Using Lemma 4, we can obtain the -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets, and we have used all 3-subsets of except for .

When . Using Lemma 6, we can obtain -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. We have used all 3-subsets of except for and the above mentioned .

When . Using Lemma 7, we can obtain the -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. We have used all 3-subsets of except for and the above mentioned . The -th is colored with Co2, under which the color sets of four vertices are . The 3-subsets are used to color the -th with Co5. At this time, we obtained the -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. Moreover, all multiple 3-subsets of have been used.

When . Using Lemma 4, we can obtain the -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. We have used all 3-subsets of except for .

When . Using lemma 3, we can obtain the -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. We have used all 3-subsets of except for the above mentioned .

When . Using lemma 5, we can obtain the -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. We have used all the 3-subsets of except for and the above mentioned . The 3-subsets are used to color the -th with Co6. Then the 3-subset remains.

When . Using Lemma 5, we can obtain the -I-total coloring of , which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. We have used all the 3-subsets of except for and the above mentioned . The -th is colored with the above four 3-subsets, that is, Co5. Thus far, all multiple 3-subsets of have been used.

The theorem is proven.

Theorem 2   If , .

Proof   This conclusion can be obtained by the proof of Proposition 1 and Theorem 1.

## 3 Conclusion

In this study, the I-(VI-)total chromatic numbers of have been obtained, which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets. According to the characteristics of the cycles and multiple sets, the (even number) of the I-(VI-)total chromatic numbers and VI-total of the multiple sets can be similarly obtained according to the above methods. That is, if is satisfied, then and , and two cases of recursive boundary conditions can be inferred in the proof process: if , then ; if , then . The I-(VI-)total colorings of odd order cycles which are vertex-distinguished by multiple sets will be studied at a later stage.

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## All Figures

 Fig.1The coloring scheme Co1, Co2, and Co3 In the text
 Fig.2The coloring scheme Co4, Co5, and Co6 In the text
 Fig.3Vertex-distinguished I-total coloring of In the text

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