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### Removal of non-isomorphic edges results in the same graph

There exists a (simple unlabeled) graph on 6 nodes with a pair of non-isomorphic edges (i.e., there is no graph automorphism that sends one edge into the other) such that removal of either of them ...

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### A graph with few edges everywhere

Given a graph $G(V,E)$ whose edges are colored in two colors: red and blue.
Suppose the following two conditions hold:
for any $S\subseteq V$, there are at most $O(|S|)$ red edges in $G[S]$
for any ...

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### Determine or estimate the number of maximal triangle-free graphs on $n$ vertices

Among the collections of the open problems of Paul Erdős on the website of
Professor Fan Chung, there is one called "number of triangle-free graphs".
http://www.math.ucsd.edu/~erdosproblems/erdos/...

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### Minimal graphs with a prescribed number of spanning trees

As its long ago since Erdős died and mathoverflow is the second best alternative to him (for discussing personal problems), I'd like to start a fruitful discussion about the following problem ...

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### Largest graphs of girth at least 6

Let $e_6(n)$ be the greatest number of edges in a simple graph with $n$ vertices and girth at least 6.
Let $G_6(n)$ be the set of simple graphs of order $n$ with girth at least 6 and $e_6(n)$ edges.
...

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### Cauchy-Schwarz proof of Sidorenko for 3-edge path (Blakley-Roy inequality)

Is there a "Cauchy-Schwarz proof" of the following inequality?
Theorem. Given $f \colon [0,1]^2 \to [0,1]$, one has
$$
\int_{[0,1]^4} f(x,y)f(z,y)f(z,w) \, dxdydzdw \geq \left(\int_{[0,1]^2} f(x,y) \,...

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### Induced Paths of Order 4

In a graph $G=(V,E)$ of order $n$, what fraction of the $\binom{n}{4}$ $4$-subsets of $V$ can induce the path of order four?
I looked at this question 30 years ago and was never able to come up with ...

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### Strongly connected directed graphs with large directed diameter and small undirected diameter?

This question is an attempt to make progress on domotorp's interesting challenge. This question was originally asked in two parts; the former of which was answered by Ilya Bogdanov, and the latter of ...

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### Are all almost regular graphs obvious?

Let the maximum and minimum degress of a graph be denoted (as usual) by $\Delta$ and $\delta$ respectively.
A graph is almost regular if $\Delta-\delta=1$.
Now, here is a simple way to generate ...

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### Asymptotics of subgraph densities in graphons

In Pittel (1989)'s solution to a problem of Knuth (1976) on the expected number of stable matchings between $n$ men and $n$ women under uniform random preferences, it was shown that, as $n \to \infty$,...

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### How many n/2-cycles can a cubic graph have

Given a simple cubic graph with $n$ vertices (which implies that $n$ is even), what is a good upper bound on the number of cycles of length $n/2$ it can have?
A random cubic graph has $\Theta((4/3)^n/...

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453 views

### What is the correct statement of this Erdös-Gallai-Tuza problem generalizing Turan's triangle theorem?

In Zsolt Tuza's Unsolved combinatorial problems I, Problem 46 is the following conjecture:
Let $G$ be a graph on $n$ vertices. Let $\alpha_1$ be the maximum number of edges of $G$ such that every ...

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### Number of Geodesic Paths Passing Through a Vertex in an Expander Graph

Let $\{G_{n}\}$ be a sequence of $k$-regular expander graphs. For each $n$ assume that each pair of nodes in the graph is transmitting a unit load of traffic and the traffic goes through the minimum ...

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### What is the state of the art for the Turán number of $K_{4,4}$?

In Chung and Graham's "Erdős on Graphs: His legacy of unsolved problems," they discuss several open problems concerning Turán numbers for bipartite graphs.
There is a construction which gives graphs ...

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### Spectral lower bounds on the diameter of a graph

There is such a bound, due to Mohar and McKay, using the second-smallest eigenvalue of the Laplacian $\lambda_{2}$:
$$Diam \geq \lceil \frac{4}{n\lambda_{2}} \rceil.$$
This bound is very elegant but ...

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**1**answer

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### Maximal class of simple graphs of order $n$ with mutually distinct numbers of spanning trees

This problem in some ways related to this post.
Let $A_n$ be the set of all integers $x$ such that there exist a connected simple graph of order $n$ having precisely $x$ spanning trees. Study the ...

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### An extremal problem for graphs having every edge contained in a 4-clique

This is a follow-up to Graphs with many triangles but few complete graphs on 4 vertices
I'm looking for an upper bound for the difference between the number of edges and the number of 4-cliques in a ...

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votes

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### Extremal examples for a folklore lemma on subgraphs of large minimum degree

It's a well known fact that a graph $G$ of average degree $d$ has a subgraph $G'$ of minimum degree at least $d/2$ and that the constant $1/2$ cannot be improved. The proof I know, which proceeds by ...

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### Embedding of planar graphs

I've recently come across the following lemma.
Lemma (Valiant): A planar graph $G$ with maximum degree $4$ can be embedded in the plane using $O(|V|)$ area in such a way that its vertices are at ...

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**1**answer

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### Graphs with many triangles but few complete graphs on 4 vertices

Let $G$ be a graph on $n$ vertices with $an^2$ edges containing at most $an^2/2$ copies of $K_4$. If there are cubically many triangles, say $cn^3$, then there is at least one edge that is not ...

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### Smallest Connected Graph for Given Degree Sequence

For a given integer sequence $(d_1, d_2,...,d_n)$, a natural question is if such a sequence is graphical, i.e. is a degree sequence of some graph. According to Erdős–Gallai theorem, A sequence of non-...

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### 6-regular bipartite graphs with no 8-cycles

I'm looking for simple 6-regular bipartite graphs with no 8-cycles, as small as possible. It doesn't matter if there are 4-cycles or 6-cycles, provided there are no 8-cycles. Such graphs must exist ...

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### Algorithms for computing the Resilience of Graphs

The definition of resilience with a graph $G$ w.r.t to a monotone property $\mathcal{P}$ is well known.
(Global resilience) Let $\mathcal{P}$ be an increasing monotone property. The global ...

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### How to find or constrain “particularly good” (two-sided) spectral expanders?

I'm new to graph theory, but a response to a question I asked a while ago introduced me to the concept of expander graphs.
A k-regular graph (henceforth "graph") on n nodes has eigenvalues k = λ1 ≥ ...

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### Minimal graphs of prescribed girth and chromatic number

The well known result of Erdős, states that
Given integers $g > 2$ and $k > 1$ there exist a graph $G$ with $\chi(G) \geq k$ and girth at least $g.$
What I am wondering is
When can we ...

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### Is the feedback vertex number bounded by the maximum number of leaves in a spanning tree?

I have a graph-theoretical conjecture which I think would have been studied before, but for which I cannot find anything in the literature.
Let G be a finite, simple, connected graph. Let the ...

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votes

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### On Turan's theorem

Turan's theorem provides minimum number of edges of a graph on $n$ vertices to surely contain a clique of a prescribed size. This has been generalized to regular graphs.
What additional ...

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### Can I weaken the minimum degree hypothesis in Nash-Williams' triangle decomposition conjecture?

In what follows, all graphs $G$ are $K_3$-divisible (all degrees even, number of edges a multiple of three) on $n$ vertices, where $n$ is not too small.
The famous Nash-Williams conjecture claims ...

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### Hamiltonicity criteria for sparse graphs

Given a sparse graph, how can one go about proving that it is Hamiltonian? (Assuming it actually is, of course).
There are three main classes of criteria for Hamiltonicity that I am aware of:
Dirac-...

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### extremal bipartite graph

I'm facing the following question:
Given a bipartite graph $G = (L \cup R, E)$.
Let $n = |L|$, $m = |R|$, and a parameter $k \in \mathbb{N}$, $n > m > k$.
What is a minimal possible number ...

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### Characterization of infinite paths in graphs

First an introduction.
A directed graph we all know what is, and a graph is serial whenever
every vertex has a successor. I do not consider the empty graph. A
pair $(\mathcal{G},s)$ is called a ...

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### Cliques of hyperedges

Suppose we have a graph, with multiple edges allowed. An edge-clique is a set $C$ of edges so that every two edges in $C$ share at least one endpoint. Note that any edge-clique falls into one of two ...

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### Erdős–Stone theorem type edge density estimates for bipartite graphs?

The Erdős–Stone theorem theory says that the densest graph not containing a graph H (which has chromatic number r) has number of edges equal to $(r-2)/(r-1) {n \choose 2}$ asymptotically.
However, ...

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### Online Library of Unlabeled Connected Graphs on n Vertices

Does anyone know of the link to an online library of of unlabeled, connected graphs on n vertices? I remember looking at such an archive a few years ago while at a Macaulay 2 workshop, but I've been ...

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### How many simple cycles can a graph with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges have?

I am mainly interested in the smallest number of simple cycles a graph with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges must have.
For example, if $m\le n-1$, this number is $0$, then if $n\le m \le 3(n-1)/2$, it is $...

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### Number of trees with the same matching number

Let $\sigma(n,m)$ be the number of trees with $n$ vertices $\{ v_1, \dots, v_n \}$ such that the matching number (the size of a maximum matching) is $m$.
I have been trying to compute the value of $\...

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**1**answer

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### No big clique minor but a big grid minor

I was wondering if the following result is known (or if there's a nice short proof without treewidth/brenchwidth related theorems): as the title says, suppose you have a graph without a big clique ...

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### Connected components of large induced subgraphs of hypercubes

Let $H$ be the $n$-dimensional hypercube, i.e. $\{0,1\}^n$ with edges between two vertices if and only if they differ in exactly one co-ordinate. We say that an edge is in direction $i$ if its ...

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### Almost all graphs have a subgraph from a large class of graphs with constant order

I will pose the question in relation to trees but the more general question that can be deduced from the title of this post is also very interesting.
I suspect the question might have a very trivial ...

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### Extremal functions for tournaments

We are looking at directed graphs with no loops or parallel edges, but given two vertices $x$ and $y$, we allow the presence of both the edge $(x, y)$ and $(y, x)$. Thus, if $G$ is a directed graph ...

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### Vertex expansion of the Hamming graph

Let $G$ be a graph, and for every $S \subseteq V$, let $N(S)$ denote the neighborhood of $S$. The vertex expansion of $G$ is
$$ \min_{S\subseteq V, |S|\le |V|/2} \left\{ \frac{|N(S)|}{|S|} \right\}.$$...

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### What is the minimum number of independent sets for a graph with fixed numbers of vertices and edges?

Fix integers $V$ and $E_{\text{max}}$, and consider graphs $G$ with $V$ vertices and at most $E_{\text{max}}$ edges. What is the best lower bound that one can give on the number of distinct ...

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### Extremal graph theory for directed graphs

In extremal graph theory, there are results such as
$$t(C_4,G)\geq t(K_2,G)^4,$$
where $G$ is an undirected graph, $C_4$ is a cycle graph on 4 nodes, $K_2$ is a complete graph of $2$ nodes, and $t(\...

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### Smallest matrix covered by many random n by n matrices

We say that a matrix $M$ can be covered by a (smaller) matrix $N$ if every entry in $M$ is contained in some submatrix of $M$ that exactly equals to $N$, up to reordering the rows and columns of $N$. ...

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### Complete Bipartite Subgraph of Dense Bipartite Subgraph

Q1: Consider a $2^n$ by $2^n$ bipartite graph with at least $(1-\epsilon)2^{2n}$ edges. For any $\epsilon > 0$ and $n$ large enough, is it always possible to find a $2^{(1-f(\epsilon))n}$ by $2^{(1-...

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### Degree conditions for k-factor

I am looking for a simple degree conditon that ensures the existence of a k-factor in a graph. The k is supposed to be relatively high and I don't mind the condition being a bit strict. Ideally, ...

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### Non-isomorphic graphs with the same numbers of closed walks

Can somebody help me to construct two family of finite simple connected graph $G_i$ and $H_i$, $i=1, 2, \cdots,n$ ($n$ possibly large), such that:
$1)$ $G_i\ncong H_i$ for $i=1, 2, \cdots, n$
$2)$ $...

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### existence of triangle-free graphs for sparse regular graphs of degree at most n/2

It is known that for triangle-free graphs, if they are $d$-regular, then $2d\leq n$, where $n$ is the number of vertices. In words, the degree is less than or equal to the half of the number of ...

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### Suppose the independent number of a graph is bounded. How small the clique number can be?

Suppose the independent number of a graph is bounded. How small the clique number can be? linear?
It seems to be a natural problem to ask. but I could not find any reference.
Thanks.

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### Minimal Non-planar Extensions of a Graph

Given a planar graph $G=(V,E)$ with vertices $V$ and edges $E$, call $\bar G = (V,\bar E)$ a non-planar extension of $G$ if $\bar G$ is non-planar and $E \subset \bar E$.
I'm interested in minimal ...