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A maximum discrepancy hypergraph 2-colouring problem

This is sort of a hypergraph-ish question that I feel should be easy to prove or disprove but I can't see it right now. The setup is as follows. We have a vertex set partitioned in to sets $V_1,\...
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Decomposition of graphs as symmetric differences of copies of $K_{a,b}$

I was wondering if the following decomposition of graphs has been studied, whether it has a name, and what the literature might be on it. Given a labelled graph G, we decompose its edge-set as a ...
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On the use of Weisfeiler-Leman refinement in Babai's GI proof

This question is for those familiar with the methods behind Babai's recent proof that graph isomorphism can be decided in quasipolynomial time. I am a newcomer to the GI problem, so I apologize if my ...
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Is there a Ramsey theory for Kneser graphs?

Ramsey theory for graphs usually studies colorings of the edges of complete graphs. I'm interested whether there are any results about edge-colorings of Kneser graphs. More specifically, I'm most ...
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Contradicting claims about complexity of directed path graphs isomorphism

Thesis and a paper give conflicting claims about the complexity of graph isomorphism for directed path graphs. Since this means GI is polynomial likely I am missing something or there is something ...
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Unique Nash equilibrium games

Multicast network design game is a special case of a general network design game (http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/focs04-game.pdf) in which there is a target vertex $t$ and $n$ rational ...
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Have topographs been studied before?

This is my first post on MO so I hope this question is suitable. I have quite a few definitions which I will need to state before my questions at the end of this post. Please let me know if anything ...
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Does the weak Hadwiger conjecture imply the Hadwiger conjecture?

For any cardinal $\kappa$, let $K_\kappa$ denote the complete graph on $\kappa$. We consider the following statements: (H) If $G$ is a graph and $\chi(G) = \kappa$ then $K_\kappa$ is a minor of $G$. ...
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Subgraphs of planar trivalent graphs

Let's think about planar trivalent graphs. (Or you can dualize and think about triangulations if you prefer.) It's easy to come up with a list of 'planar trivalent graphs with boundary' such that at ...
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the length of paths in a specific graph

Let $n$ be a positive integer and $K$ be the set of all the $2$-elements subsets of $\{1,2,...,n\}$,then $|K|= \binom{n}{2}$. Define $$S=\{P\subseteq K:\bigcup_{I\in P}I=\{1,2,...,n\}\}.$$ For any $P\...
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Uniformly sampling from the set of all simplicial maps

Let $K$ and $L$ be finite simplicial complexes that remain fixed throughout. How does one efficiently sample (according to the uniform distribution) elements from the finite set of simplicial ...
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Graphs with graphic imbalance sequences

Let $G$ be simple undirected graph and $e=uv\in E(G)$. The imbalance of the edge $e$ is the value $imb(e)=|d(u)-d(v)|$. Let $M_{G}$ denotes the imbalance sequence (or more correctly, multiset of ...
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Maximum fractional chromatic number of a 4-regular triangle-free graph (updated)

Let $G$ be a graph with maximum degree 4 and clique number 2. The fractional version of Reed's Conjecture tells us that $\chi_f(G) \leq 7/2$. But how high can $\chi_f(G)$ be? The Chvátal graph has ...
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When can the Cheeger constant be well-approximated by ``Hamming balls''?

Given a graph G, the Cheeger constant is defined by $$ \DeclareMathOperator{\Vol}{Vol} h_G := \min_{S \subseteq V, \Vol S \leq (\Vol G)/2} \frac{|\partial S|}{\Vol S}. $$ Here, $\Vol S$ is the sum of ...
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What is this subclass of $k$-colorable graphs called?

The following property emerged naturally when I was playing with certain generalizations of Kneser graphs. Let $k>0$ be a natural number. Consider a property $P_k$ of graphs defined as follows. ...
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A binary bipartite graph - reference request

Consider the bipartite graph whose partite sets are two disjoint copies of $\{0,1\}^n$, with an edge joining $u$ and $v$ if and only if there is no position in which both $u$ and $v$ have $1$; that is,...
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What is the best lower bound for the domination number in regular graphs of girth 5?

The following theorem is a classical result (see [Alon and Spencer, The probabilistic method, 2nd ed., Theorem 1.2.2]): Theorem: Let $G$ be a graph on $n$ vertices with minimum degree $d$. Then $G$...
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inverse eigenvalue problem on graph laplacian

I am trying to construct a graph Laplacian matrix from a set of eigenvalue. I've read several papers about inverse eigenvalue problems but to be honest I didn't understand clearly. Could somebody ...
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Simplicial Representations of (Hyper)Graph Complexes

For graph complexes, which are families of graph [on a fixed number of vertices n] closed under the deletion of edges, there is a natural simplicial complex capturing that information. Specifically, ...
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Complexity of graph isomorphism

Last year, Laszlo Babai proved that the graph isomorphism problem can be solved in time: $$ \exp(O(\log^c n)) $$ where $n$ is the number of vertices. What is the best bound we have for $c$? (The ...
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Chromatic numbers for coloring-constrained graphs

I am interested in any and all articles about chromatic numbers applying to constrained colorings of a graph. For example, if a graph must be (properly) colored so that there is a 2-color path ...
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“Edge Density” of Infinite Planar Graphs

Given an infinite planar graph $G$, let's denote by $\{H_1,H_2,\dots,H_m\}$ all the labeled graphs on $n$ vertices that appear as subgraphs of $G$. Also let $$d_n=\frac{\sum_{i=1}^m \#E(H_i)}{nm}$$ ...
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Diameter of the modified bubble-sort graph

The modified bubble-sort graph is the Cayley graph $Cay(S_n,S)$ of $S_n$ generated by $n$ cyclically adjacent transpositions. Thus $S = \{ (1,2),(2,3),\ldots,(n,1)\}$. I was wondering whether the ...
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Does squaring a directed random graph more than double its out-degree?

As far as I know, it is an unsolved question whether or not this is true: If $G$ is a directed an oriented graph, $G^2$ always has some node whose outdegree is at least double that of its ...
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Graphs with no homomorphism and no minor relation

What is an example of two simple, undirected graphs $G,H$ such that there are no graph homomorphisms between $G, H$, and $H$ is not a minor of $G$, and $G$ is not a minor of $H$ ? Definition of ...
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Determinantal formulae for Tutte polynomial

Let $G$ be a connected undirected graph. Then the number $ST(G)$ of spanning trees in $G$ equals the following specific value of the Tutte polynomial of $G$: $ST(G)=T_G(1,1)$. On the other hand, ...
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Perfect matchings of a regular, uniform, partite hypergraph

This is in relation to the question here. What, if any, are the known conditions for the existence of a perfect matching for a $r$-regular, $r$-uniform, $r$-partite hypergraph. I specifically ...
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Approximating a max-cut's intersection with other cuts

(This is a cross-post from the Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange.) For the purposes of this question, a cut in a graph $G$ is the edge-set $\delta (S)\subseteq E(G)$ between some vertex-set ...
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A digraph related to permutations

A finite sequence of distinct real numbers of length $n$ determines a linear order of $\{1,\ldots,n\}$, by mapping position to rank; call this the permutation of the sequence. Consider the following ...
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When does a “stable” assignment of buyers into goods exist?

Consider a setting of $n$ buyers and $m$ goods. We have a value matrix $V\in[0,1]^{n\times m}$ specifying how much each buyer values each good (everything is open information here and there is no ...
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What's the variance in the Six Degrees model?

Recall the six degrees of Kevin Bacon game. You can even play the game at The Oracle of Bacon, and their search works via Breadth First Search. I interpret the punchline as saying that if I start ...
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Independent domination number for grid graphs

Let $G_{n,m}$ be the $n \times m$ grid graph, i.e. $G= P_n \Box P_m$, and $T_{n,m}$ the $n\times m$ torus grid graph, i.e. $G= C_n \Box C_m$, where $P_n$ and $C_n$ indicate the path graph of length $n$...
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(Connected) Cayley graphs of PSL(2,q) from (2,3,n)-triples

Let $G = PSL(2,q)$. I'm interested in the Cayley graphs of $G$ generated by triples $(A,BAB^{-1},B^{-1}AB)$, where $A, B \in G$ are elements of order $2, 3$ respectively: such a triple generates all ...
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Mapping graphs to ordinals

Robertson-Seymour theorem implies that graph minor relation is a well-quasi-ordering, which means (among other things) that this relation can be extended to a well-order, and other result says that ...
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Are the roots of chromatic polynomials plus a fixed constant dense in $\mathbb{C}$?

Alan Sokal proved that chromatic roots are dense in the whole complex plane. I.e., if $P(G;z)$ denotes the chromatic polynomial of a finite simple graph $G$ evaluated at $z \in \mathbb{C}$, then $$\...
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Implementations of Tutte polynomial [reference request, of a kind]

This question is not a 100% fit for MO, but it is a serious question that can be viewed as a sort of reference request, and I think fits here more than elsewhere. I have been asked to write a chapter ...
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Complexity of finding three perfect matchings with no edge in common in a bridgeless cubic graph

According to a conjecture: Conjecture (Fan & Raspaud, 1994) Every bridgeless cubic graph contains three perfect matchings with no edge in common. Equivalent statement here Main question: ...
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A linear optimization problem on a graph

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a finite graph and let $f$ be any positive function defined on the vertices. Put weights on the vertices $v_{i}$, way $w_{i}$ so that $\sum_{i=1}^{n}w_{i}\leq 1$. Assume that every ...
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Graphs with many positive eigenvalues of their distance matrix

Let $G$ be a simple connected graph $D(G)$ its distance matrix and $n_{+}(G), n_{-}(G)$ the number of positive and negative eigenvalues of $D(G)$ respectively. We call a graph $G$ optimistic if $n_{+}...
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Diameter of subset sum graph

We have a finite set $X$, a weight function $w: X\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^+$, and constants $k\leq c\in\mathbb{N}$. Let the weight $w(S)$ of a set $S\subseteq X$ be the sum of the weights of its ...
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making a graph well-covered without changing its Shannon capacity

This strongly relates to an earlier question of mine. Let $G$ be a graph, $\alpha(G)$ its independence number and $\Theta(G)$ its Shannon capacity. Question: can one 'add new vertices' to $G$ such ...
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How does the number of self-avoiding paths between two points scale, in a square/cubic lattice?

Consider two different infinite graphs, whose vertices are drawn from $\mathbb Z^2$ or $\mathbb Z^3$. Let $P_d : \mathbb Z^d \times \mathbb N \to \mathbb N$ for $d \in \{2,3\}$ be the function such ...
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Sequence of graphs with small $\lambda_1$ (the smallest nonzero eigenvalue of a regular finite graph)

The combinatorial laplacian on a finite graph $G$ can be defined as $ \Delta: \mathbb{C}^G \to \mathbb{C}^G$ sending the function $f:G \to \mathbb{C}$ to $(\Delta f)(v) = \sum_{v' \sim v} \big( f(v)-f(...
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Any approximation algorithms for self-avoiding walks?

I've a graph whose edges are weighted by probabilities, perhaps all equal. I would like to compute the overall probability of traveling between vertices x and y in the graph after I delete each edge ...
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“sum over labelings” representations of graph polynomials

It seems that there's a general way to go from "recursive" definition of a graph polynomials to "subset expansion" formulas. Furthermore, polynomials with subset expansion formulas often have a ...
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Counting graphs whose vertex induced subgraphs are members of a fixed set

Let $C$ be the class of graphs of girth $g$ or more. $C$ can alternatively be characterized as: $G \in C$ iff each of $G$'s vertex induced subgraphs on less than $g$ nodes is a forest. We can ...
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Automorphisms of an infinite graph built from a finite motif

Suppose we have a lattice $L$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ for which we choose some fundamental domain $D\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ homeomorphic to a closed ball. Translates of $D$ by distinct elements of $L$ ...
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A color interpolation lemma

I need the following "color interpolation lemma". Actually I know a way to prove it, but I'm not very satisfied with that proof. Lemma. Let $G=(V,E)$ be a (properly) colored graph with colors $1, \...
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Existence a class of graphs with special property

In the following, suppose all graphs are simple and finite. For a given graph $G$, we denote its complement by $\overline{G}$. Let $*$ be a binary operation among graphs, such as Cartesian product, ...
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A relaxation of proper coloring

I am wondering if the following relaxation of proper coloring appears somewhere. I have tried some searching and have found a few relaxations of proper coloring, but none the coincides with what I ...