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The Alon-Tarsi number of subgraphs of a planar graph

  title={The Alon-Tarsi number of subgraphs of a planar graph},
  author={Ringi Kim and Seog-Jin Kim and Xuding Zhu},
  journal={arXiv: Combinatorics},
This paper constructs a planar graph $G_1$ such that for any subgraph $H$ of $G_1$ with maximum degree $\Delta(H) \le 3$, $G_1-E(H)$ is not $3$-choosable, and a planar graph $G_2$ such that for any star forest $F$ in $G_2$, $G_2-E(F)$ contains a copy of $K_4$ and hence $G_2-E(F)$ is not $3$-colourable. On the other hand, we prove that every planar graph $G$ contains a forest $F$ such that the Alon-Tarsi number of $G - E(F)$ is at most $3$, and hence $G - E(F)$ is 3-paintable and 3-choosable. 

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