Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-15-1998

Publication Title

SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics

Abstract

We say any order ≺ is a tolerance order on a set of vertices if we may assign to each vertex x an interval Ix of real numbers and a real number tx called a tolerance in such a way that xy if and only if the overlap of Ix and Iy is less than the minimum of tx and ty and the center of Ix is less than the center of Iy. An order is a bitolerance order if and only if there are intervals Ix and real numbers t1(x) and tr(x) assigned to each vertex x in such a way that xy if and only if the overlap of Ix and Iy, is less than both tr(x) and t1(y) and the center of Ix is less than the center of Iy. A tolerance or bitolerance order is said to be bounded if no tolerance is larger than the length of the corresponding interval. A bounded tolerance graph or bitolerance graph (also known as a trapezoid graph) is the incomparability graph of a bounded tolerance order or bitolerance order. Such a graph or order is called proper if it has a representation using intervals no one of which is a proper subset of another, and it is called unit if it has a representation using only unit intervals. In a recent paper, Bogart, Fishburn, Isaak and Langley (1995) gave an example of proper tolerance graphs that are not unit tolerance graphs. In this paper we show that a bitolerance graph or order is proper if and only if it is unit. For contrast, we give a new view of the construction of Bogart et al. (1995) from an order theoretic point of view, showing how linear programming may be used to help construct proper but not unit tolerance orders.

DOI

10.1016/S0012-365X(97)00043-5

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