#### Document Type

Article

#### Publication Date

2-15-1998

#### Publication Title

SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics

#### Department

Department of 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 *I*_{x} of real numbers and a real number *t*_{x} called a tolerance in such a way that *x* ≺ *y* if and only if the overlap of *I*_{x} and *I*_{y} is less than the minimum of *t*_{x} and *t*_{y} and the center of *I*_{x} is less than the center of *I*_{y}. An order is a *bitolerance order* if and only if there are intervals *I*_{x} and real numbers *t*_{1}(*x*) and *t*_{r}(*x*) assigned to each vertex *x* in such a way that *x* ≺ *y* if and only if the overlap of *I*_{x} and *I*_{y}, is less than both *t*_{r}(*x*) and *t*_{1}(*y*) and the center of *I*_{x} is less than the center of *I*_{y}. 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

#### Dartmouth Digital Commons Citation

Bogart, Kenneth P. and Isaak, Garth, "Proper and Unit Bitolerance Orders and Graphs" (1998). *Open Dartmouth: Published works by Dartmouth faculty*. 2043.

https://digitalcommons.dartmouth.edu/facoa/2043