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Abstract

An edge coloring of a simple graph G is said to be proper rainbow-cycle-forbidding (PRCF, for short) if no two incident edges receive the same color and for any cycle in G, at least two edges of that cycle receive the same color. A graph G is defined to be PRCF-good if it admits a PRCF edge coloring, and G is deemed PRCF-bad otherwise. In recent work, Hoffman, et al. study PRCF edge colorings and find many examples of PRCF-bad graphs having girth less than or equal to 4. They then ask whether such graphs exist having girth greater than 4. In our work, we give a straightforward counting argument showing that the Hoffman-Singleton graph answers this question in the affirmative for the case of girth 5. It is then shown that certain generalized polygons, constructed of sufficiently large order, are also PRCF-bad, thus proving the existence of PRCF-bad graphs of girth 6, 8, 12, and 16.

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