# Questions tagged [expander-graphs]

An expander graph is a graph in which small sets of vertices have large 'boundary'. Ramanujan graphs are examples of expanders.

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### An introductory text on expanders

I am looking for a book that covers expander graphs rigorously. Preferably a book aimed at beginners.
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### Spectral norm and “operator norm” for hypergraphs

Consider a $d$-regular, $k$-uniform hypergraph: the elements $S$ of its set $E$ of edges are subsets of $V$ of size $k$, and each vertex $v\in V$ is in $d$ edges. We can then define its adjacency ...
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### Expansion in hypergraphs

Is there a useful concept of expansion in hypergraphs, generalizing the concept for graphs (see: expander graphs)? Of course, expander graphs can be characterized in several qualitatively equivalent ...
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### (Weakly) connected sets with large (out-)boundary

Let $\Gamma=(V,E)$ be a connected undirected graph with n vertices such that every vertex has degree at least $4$. Now draw arrows on some of the edges, in such a way that the in-degree of every ...
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### Minimum size of regular graph with no short cycles

For $d \geq 3$ (degree) and $r \geq 3$ (radius), say that a $d$-regular (finite, simple, non-oriented) graph $G$ is $r$-almost-tree if it contains no cycle of length $\leq 2 r$: in other words, we ...
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### Expansion of random subgraphs of a bi-regular bipartite graph

Let $G = (L, R, E)$ be a bi-regular bipartite graph, with $|L|=n$ and $|R| = C \cdot n$, where $C$ is a large constant. Let $d$ be its (constant) right-degree. We know $G$ is a good spectral expander. ...
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### Sums over products over short paths in an expander graph

Let $\Gamma=(V,E)$ be an undirected graph of degree $d$. (Say $d$ is a large constant and the number of vertices $n=|V|$ is much larger.) Let $W_0$ be the space of functions $f:V\to \mathbb{C}$ with ...
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### Examples of 3-transitive expander family of Schreier graphs

What are examples of expander family of 3-transitive Schreier graphs? Meaning for an action that is 3-transitive. It is better to have an option for randomization. We know that choosing 2 elements ...
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### Expansion of product of simple Lie group

(a quite technical question if you want to skip). I am looking at the paper Breuillard, Green, Guralnick, and Tao - Expansion in finite simple groups of Lie type; Specifically, proposition 8.4. ...
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### Reference request: maximal Cheeger constant for 3-regular graphs

Given a connected graph $G$, the Cheeger constant $h(G)$ (a.k.a. Cheeger number or isoperimetric number) roughly measures the "bottleneckedness" of $G$. See Wikipedia for the precise definition. I ...
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### Expander graphs with many 4-cycles

The question is not strictly well-defined. But it goes like this: Could you find an infinite family of graphs $G_i$, that are all $\epsilon$-expanders, but have many 4-cycles? $\epsilon$ should ...
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### Understanding Gillman's proof of the Chernoff bound for expander graphs

My question is about the proof of Claim 1 in this paper: Gillman (1993). At the end of the proof, the author says: The matrix product $U^\top\sqrt{D^{-1}}(P+(\mathrm{e}^x-1)B(0)-\mu I)\sqrt{D}U$, ...
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### Spectral radius of Markov averaging operator on graphs

The definition of Markov operator which I am familiar with: For a graph $G=(V,E)$, Markov's operator upon a function $\varphi:V\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ , $\varphi\in L^2(G,\nu)$ ($\nu(v):=\deg(v)$) ...
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### Expander mixing lemma in combinatoric expanders

There is a well-known relation between combinatoric expansion and the gap between the first and the second largest eigenvalues (Dodziuk 1984) : $$h(G) \le d \sqrt{2 (1 - \alpha)}$$ where h(G) = \...
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### Cheeger Numbers for 3-regular Graphs

A student wanted a challenging Graph Theory programming project and I had him try to determine the maximum value of the Cheeger number (isoperimetric number) among all 3-regular graphs of order $n$, ...
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### How does one calculate/estimate/guarantee the girth of a non-Abelian Cayley graph?

This question is in reference to this other question, Can someone point out references (or explain!) which give techniques of being able to prove for any Cayley graph this property of having a girth ...
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### Probabilistic proof for expander existence [closed]

I am new to probabilistic proofs and trying to understand them better. Apparently, a common probabilistic proof focuses on the existence of expanders (eg. vertex expanders). I've been using the search ...
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### How many edges guarantee an expander?

Complete graphs are good expanders. Deleting few edges from a complete graph leaves a good expander. What's the proportion of edges that one needs to remove to make the graph a bad expander? Or, is ...
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### A particular argument in the review on expanders by Hoory-Linial-Wigderson

I am thinking about the third bullet point on page 455 here, http://www.ams.org/journals/bull/2006-43-04/S0273-0979-06-01126-8/ Can someone explain what is the argument there which seems to conclude ...
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### Constructing Ramanujan graphs from elliptic curves

Is there an exposition which explains how to do this step-by-step? (I see stray references and allusions to such a thing being possible but can't locate anything concretely) Something to do with ...
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### When are (Abelian) Cayley graphs also expanders?

I want to ask the question in two parts, (1) Is there some fundamental distinguishing property between Abelian and non-Abelian Cayley graphs? (say some specific proof technique which distinguishes ...
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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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### 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 ...
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### Connections between Riemann hypothesis for curves over finite fields and Ramanujan property for graphs

this question relates to the beautiful construction of expander graphs using Cayley graphs of $PGL_2(\mathbb{F}_q)$, as exposited by Davidoff-Sarnak-Valette in their book, Elementary Number Theory, ...
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### Embedding expanders in CAT(0) spaces

It is well-known that expanders are hard to embed into Hilbert (or $\ell^p$) spaces - any embedding of an expander with $n$ vertices has distortion $\Omega(\log n)$. Can anyone provide a reference (...
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### What are the best bounds to date on the maximum girth of a cubic graph?

The girth of a graph is the length of its smallest cycle. Studying the maximum possible girth for a $k$-regular graph on $n$ vertices is a very well-studied problem. In the 1988 paper "Ramanujan ...
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### Could unramified Galois groups satisfy a version of property tau?

This is an experiment: there is a question I want to mention in an article I'm writing, and I am not sure it's a sensible question, so I will ask it here first, in the hopes that if it's insensible ...