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How many hamiltonian paths can be removed from a complete directed graph before it becomes disconnected?

The question started from a problem brought home by a friend's 5th grader: "How many ways you can arrange 5 people sitting around a round table so that the people sitting to the left of any person are ...
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Upper bounds on the edge clique cover number on special graph classes

An edge clique cover of an undirected graph $G$ is a set of cliques of $G$ such that every edge of $G$ is an edge in at least one clique in the set. The edge clique cover number $\theta(G)$ is the ...
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Counting the orderings of outward-directed trees where the degree of each vertex is $2$

Let $T$ be a connected directed tree with the following properties: The degree of each vertex of $T$ is at most $2$ (I am sure there is a name for such a graph but I do not know it). $T$ has a ...
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Network flows with shared capacities

Suppose we have a flow network, with capacity constraints on weighted sums of arc flows, such as: $$2 f(1, 2) + 3 f(4, 5) + f(3, 7) \leq 10,$$ where $f(1, 2)$ denotes the flow through arc $(1, ...
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A question about graphs not having non-trivial automorphisms [closed]

Let call a simple graph (not containing neither loops, nor multiple edges) "prime", if it has no non-trivial automorphisms, i.e. graph that has only "identity" automorphic transformation. I cannot ...
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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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Discrete p-Laplacian

One of the definitions of the discrete (weighted) $p$-Laplacian is the following: $$\Delta_{p,w}u(x):=\sum_y |u(y)-u(x)|^{p-2}(u(y)-u(x))w(x,y).$$ Consider the one dimensional case. Then the free ...
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Condition(s) for the full autormophism group $\operatorname{Aut}(C(G, S))$ of the Cayley graph of $G$ to be isomorphic to $G$

If $\Gamma = C(G, S)$ is the (undirected) Cayley graph of a finite group $G$ with generating set $S$, then $G \le \operatorname{Aut}(\Gamma)$, the "full" automorphism group of $\Gamma$. When is ...
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Matching polynomials and Ramanujan graphs

Is it purely coincidental that the same number $2\sqrt{d-1}$ appears in these two following apparently disparate concepts? A $d-$regular graph is said to be called Ramanujan if its adjacency ...
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Term for vertex connected to every other vertex in a graph

Do you know a good common term for the operation of connecting a new vertex v to every vertex in a graph G (or a term for such vertex v)? The ones I know give me poor search results: a nice word ...
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Least square problems with binary variables

I want to solve the heat equation $T_t(x,t) = - L_x . T(x,t) + F(x,t)$ in an edge-weighted graph where $L_x = \sum_i x_i e_{ij}$ is weighted Laplacian matrix of the graph. Then I conclude to the ...
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Discrete bi-Laplacian

I was wondering whether there exists any kind of literature on the the powers of the discrete Laplacian, in particular the the discrete bi-Laplacian, possibly with weights on the edges. In particular ...
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Is the Cayley graph of Thompson's group isolated in the space of vertex-transitive graphs?

Consider Thompson's group (the one commonly referred to as $T$), which is finitely presentable. Consider the Cayley graph, but then forget the coloring and direction on edges. So now we just have an ...
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Approximation of the effective resistance on Cayley graph

Let $\Gamma$ be a finitely generated group, and denote by $G$ the Cayley graph of $\Gamma$. Denote by $d_R$ the resistance distance metric on this graph. The resistance distance metric between the ...
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Confusion about reduction counting vertex covers to counting cycle covers

Cross-posted from cstheory This confuses me. One easy case of counting is when the decision problem is in $P$ and there are no solutions. A lecture show that the problem of counting the number of ...
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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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Directed Hypercube Minimal Cuts

If $[n]:=\{1,2,\ldots, n\}$ for some $n\in\mathbb{N}$, then the hypercube digraph of dimension $n$, denoted $H_n$, is the graph whose set of vertices is the power-set $\wp([n])$ where two vertices ...
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Geometric dominating set: NP-complete?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a geometric graph, a graph embedded in the plane whose edge lengths are the Euclidean distance between its endpoint vertices. Say that a set of vertices $D \subseteq V$ is a geometric ...
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Statistics of strongly connected components in random directed graphs

I'm interested in the statistics of strongly connected components in random directed graphs. However, I'm unable to find any results on this, partly because I don't know the terminology to search for. ...
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Are there 2-connected regular graphs whose maximum matching leaves 3 vertices uncovered?

I'd like to use Corollary 5 of a paper by Hell & Kirkpatrick on graph packings to obtain an NP-hardness result. They want a 2-vertex-connected graph $F$ such that every matching in $F$ leaves at ...
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When the vertex covering number is smaller than the chromatic number

For any graph $G=(V,E)$ let $\tau(G)$ be the minimum cardinality of a vertex cover of $G$. As noted here, we have $\tau(G) \geq \chi(G) - 1$ for all finite graphs $G$. I'm interested in graphs $G$ ...
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Proof of closed walk generating function identity

In 'Spectral Conditions for the Reconstructibility of a Graph' Godsil and McKay give a short proof of an identity (Lemma 2.1) that relates the generating function for the number of closed walks ...
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Surveys of the items of Erdős' “toolbox”

Could you point out some survey papers and monographs that highlight the kernel of tricks, techniques, and tools that Paul Erdős employed the most in his research work (in particular in graph theory, ...
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Linear intersection number and vertex covering number

A linear hypergraph is a pair $\pi=(X, L)$ where $X\neq \emptyset$ is a set and $L\subseteq {\cal P}(X)$ has the following properties: for $e\in L$ we have $|e|\geq 2$; if $e_1\neq e_2 \in L$ then ...
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Papers about decentralized search and cluster

I just start an independent study about small world network and clusters and I try to find papers about decentralized search and clusters. Can anyone give me some references? Thanks! EDIT (David ...
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About adjacency matrices of $k-$shift lifts of graphs

I am finding the notation of cyclic lifts of graphs to be very confusing. Lets say one is looking at a cyclic $k-$lift of a $\vert V \vert$ sized graph. I would like to understand what is the ...
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Can all unit-distance graphs have their vertices at algebraic integers?

A graph $G$ is described as a unit-distance graph if there exists a function $f:G \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ such that for every edge $(u,v) \in E(G)$, we have $|f(u) - f(v)| = 1$. Obviously, we can ...
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On independent sets of graph

Given $G$ a regular graph on $n$ vertices, denote $\alpha(G)>1$ to be independence number. Denote $\Gamma(G)$ to be collection of possible subset of independent vertices in $G$ of cardinality ...
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Isomorphic subcategories of directed graphs and presets

For the purposes of this post, a digraph (directed graph) has neither loops nor multiple parallel edges, and a preset is an ordered pair consisting of a set $S$ and a preorder (viz., a reflexive and ...
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Can a graph be reconstructed from its cycle lengths?

All graphs discussed are finite and simple. The cycle sequence of a graph $G$, denoted $C(G)$, is the nondecreasing sequence of the lengths of all of the cycles in $G$, where cycles are distinguished ...
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Infinite graphs isomorphic to their line graph

The only finite connected graphs $G$ that are isomorphic to their line graph $L(G)$ are the cycle graphs $C_n$ (see this link for example). There are connected countable graphs that are isomorphic to ...
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Induced subgraphs of small strongly regular graphs

Consider a strongly regular graph $G$ with parameters $(76,30,8,14).$ Hoffman's bound tells us that $\overline{G}$ has an independent set of size at most $4$ and its not hard to see there are indeed ...
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Generating alternating cycles on a perfect matching

Given a perfect matching $M$ in a regular bipartite graph $G$, is there an efficient algorithm to randomly generate self-avoiding alternating cycles with uniform distribution? Ideally, such an ...
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Graph lifts and representation theory

Is there any connection known between the two? One can naturally define lifts of graphs by groups like $\mathbb{Z}_k$ and hence I wonder if representation theoretic properties can be used to say ...
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Graph classes where finding explicit coloring have certificate that it is minumum

Graph coloring doesn't have certificate that smaller coloring doesn't exist in general. I am looking for graph classes where finding explicit coloring is not polynomial and have polynomially ...
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Counting labelled graphs according to sets of size 3

In this question we are counting labelled simple graphs. No concept of isomorphism is involved. Let $G(n,e,t)$ be the number of labelled simple graphs with $n$ vertices, $e$ edges, and $t$ sets of ...
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Maximum matchings in infinite graphs

For any graph $G=(V,E)$ we define $\mu(G) = \sup\{|M|: M\subseteq E(G) \text{ is a matching}\}$. Is there a graph $G=(V,E)$ such that for every matching $M\subseteq E$ we have $|M|<\mu(G)$?
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Multiple Bipartite graphs and matchings

I've been told recently that it's better i just for help regarding my 'specific' problem rather than lots of little questions around the same topic which appear somewhat unclear. I would first like to ...
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Characterizing graphs with $k$ edge-disjoint minimum diameter spanning trees

Henneberg [1] and Laman [2] characterized graphs which have, after adding any edge, 2 edge-disjoint spanning trees. This was generalized to $k$ edge-disjoint spanning trees by Frank and Szegõ [3]. ...
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When is edge colored circulant isomorphism polynomial?

Don't understand enough group theory, but two papers appear to give partial results about an open problem. Edge colored graph isomorphism is isomorphism which preserves the edge coloring (the ...
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When is a $2$-lift of a graph connected? [closed]

Let $\ (V\ E)\ $ be a graph, i.e. $\ E\subseteq\binom V2.\ $ A $2$-lift pattern of a graph is a function $\ e:E\rightarrow\{-1\,\ 1\}.\ $ The induced 2-lift is defined as the graph $\ V\times\{-1\,\ ...
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Extremal eigenvalues & eigenvectors of skew-adjacency matrix

I am looking for ways to obtain the extremal eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the skew-adjacency matrix of a directed graph without diagonalizing it. The graphs I am interested in are not regular (but ...
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Signed Laplacians and Ramanujan graphs

Given a signing/2-lift matrix $A_s$ of a $d-$regular graph one has the relationship that the ``Signed Laplacian" is $L = d + A_s$. This $L$ is still the same size as the base graph. But the lifted ...
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Laplacian spectrum of $2-$lifts of graphs

We know that a $2-$ lift of a graph is specified by a $\pm 1$ assignment on the edges of the graph ( given as a signing matrix) denoting which edge is to be duplicated by the identity permutation on ...
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Expected matching in a bipartite graph

Consider a random bipartite graph constructed on vertex classes of size $n$ with each edge present independently with probability $p$. How could I go about calculating the size of the expected ...
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How many cospectral graphs available for a given number of nodes?

Two graphs are said to be cospectral if they have same eigenvalues wrt adjacency matrix, Normalised or Signless laplacian matrix. How many graphs has cospectral mates for a given number of nodes? We ...
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What is the smallest 4-chromatic graph of girth 5?

It is known that the smallest 4-chromatic graph of girth 4 is the Grötzsch graph (11 vertices). What happens for girth 5? The Brinkmann graph (21 vertices) has chromatic number 4, girth 5 and is ...
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Solving gradient of an especial heat equation

In my research I came up with a gradient of heat equation on a edge-weighted graph as: \begin{equation*} \nabla_w T_t(t,w) + T(t,w) . \nabla_w L_w + L_w . \nabla_w T(t,w) = 0 \end{equation*} where ...
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What mathematical models can analyze and optimize systems based on gossip?

I look for a mathematical model that can accommodate, analyze and suggest optimizations for a system that can be humanly described as people gossiping about stuff. System description: We have a ...
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The Bilu-Linial conjecture and Ramanujan graphs

The Bilu-Linial conjecture claims that every $d-$regular graph has a $2-$lift such that for the signing matrix has its eigenvalues between $[-2\sqrt{d-1},2\sqrt{d-1}]$ (the ``signing matrix" is the ...