# Questions tagged [graph-theory]

Graph theory is the study of graphs, mathematical structures used to model pairwise relations between objects.

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### Are there good analogues to Sparsest Cut/Balanced cut for vertex separators instead of edges cuts?

Most problems about cutting graphs into roughly equal parts such as Sparsest cut, Graph partition, Balanced Cut, etc are based on minimizing the size of an edge cut. Even if all of those problems are ...
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### Comparing objects [closed]

Say for example you have 100 list objects, each list containing a mixture of strings and integers, contained within a dictionary like so {a : [100, "cat", 50, "mouse"], b : [100,&...
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### Comparing communication network graphs [closed]

I started out with a grid graph, performed some operations on it, and ended up with a set of networks; for example, , , , I need to compare these graphs. A thought that I had was to compare them with ...
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### Regularity Lemma for Multi-Relational Graphs?

Is there an analogous to Szemerédi regularity lemma in the setting, where I have multi relational graph i.e. I have $n$ nodes, but instead of having edges to be in $\{0,1\}$ i.e. there is an edge or ...
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### Comparing networks using graph theory [closed]

I'm new to graph theory so forgive if I use unconventional terminology. Please ask if there's any confusion regarding the statements I make. I have a bunch of undirected, unweighted, simple graphs ...
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### Finding Hamilton cycles in random graphs

For a random graph $G$ of minimum degree 3, can we find a Hamilton cycle in linear time (with high probability for every edge density)? If this is an open problem, I will also accept an empirically ...
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### Find the minimum cost spider joining a root to some leaves

A spider is a tree with at most one vertex of degree greater than 2. This vertex is called the head of the spider. I am interested in the following problem: We are given an undirected graph $G = (V,E)$...
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### How to maximize flow through a graph based on edge orientation (in 3D Cartesian Coordinate Space)?

Problem Stmt: Suppose you have a graph $G$ with edges $E$ and nodes $V$. The nodes have ${x,y,z}$ coordinates in 3D Cartesian space. Assuming each node contains an $x$ amount of material, the idea is ...
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### Origin of Berge's (Weak) Perfect Graph Conjecture

In an account of his thought process (refer p. 3) leading up to the perfect graph conjecture (which I'm preparing a seminar talk on), C. Berge states what seems to be a crucial step: (1) a graph $G$ ...
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### What's the difference between 'theoretical' and 'applied' runtime complexity?

I recently followed a course on complexity theory and according to the professor I got one particular question wrong. The question involved the runtime complexity of checking the correctness of a ...
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### The "branch-depth" parameter and its use in FPT algorithms

Let $P=(v_1,\dots,v_q)$ be an induced path in the undirected graph $G(V,E)$. In , the authors define the branch depth of $P$ to be $b(P)=|N_G[\{v_1,\dots,v_{q-1}\}]|-1$. Further, in  it is shown ...
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### The tree augmentation problem, but with hyperlinks

In the (Weighted) Tree Augmentation Problem, we are given a tree $T = (V,E)$ and a set of additional edges $L$ called links with non-negative costs. Each link $\ell = (u,v)$ covers the tree edges ...
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### Is there FPT or XP algorithms known for Shortest Steiner cycle and $(a,b)$-Steiner path problem

Shortest Steiner cycle and $(a,b)$-Steiner path problem are generalizations of optimization versions of Hamiltonian cycle and Hamiltonian path problems. The Shortest Steiner cycle problem is defined ...
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### Is there an FPT or XP algorithm known for this version of $k$-edge disjoint paths problem?

The shortest $k$-edge disjoint paths problem is defined as follows: Input: An undirected graph $G=(V,E)$ and $k$ pairs of vertices $(s_1,t_1),\ldots,(s_k,t_k)$. Question: Find (if exist) $k$-pairwise ...
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### Cheapest Insertion is $2$-approximation for TSP

Consider the Cheapest Insertion Algorithm on a complete graph with $n$ vertices, where each edge $uv$ has a weight $w(uv)$, and the weights satisfy the triangle inequality $w(xz)\leq w(xy)+w(yz)$ for ...
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### Separation oracle for breaking cycles in directed graph

I am working on a directed graph problem and am collaterally interested to know whether there is a separation oracle for the following set of linear constraints. We are given a directed graph $G$ ...
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### Is there an MMSNP formula for 3-colouring?

By MMSNP, I mean Monotone Monadic SNP without inequality. For $k\in\mathbb{N}$, the problem $k$-COLOURABILITY takes a graph $G$ as input and asks whether $G$ is $k$-colourable. It is well-known that ...
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### Locally bijective homomorphism between locally-H graphs

Graphs in this question are finite, simple and undirected. For a fixed graph $H$, a graph $G$ is said to be locally-$H$ if for every vertex $v$ of $G$, the neighbourhood of $v$ in $G$ induces $H$ (i.e....
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### Does the Christofides algorithm ensure this inequality?

Let $(X,d)$ be a finite metric space. Let $C$ be a Hamiltonian cycle (over $X$) outputted by Christofide's algorithm. Also, let $K$ be a minimum spanning tree. I am aware that Christofide's algorithm ...
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### On infinite bipartite graphs with no infinite rays

I'm working on a problem in logic and it reduces to proving that a certain infinite graph is connected. The graph has the following properties: It is bipartite It is not necessarily finite (or ...
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### Upper Bound for distance-two chromatic number in terms of maximum degree

Let us consider simple,finite, undirected graphs. A distance-two colouring of a graph $G$ is a fuction $f:V(G)\to\{1,2,\dots\}$ such that $f(u)\neq f(v)$ whenever $dist_G(u,v)\leq 2$. A distance-two ...
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### Reducing computing the partition function to computing the number of min-cardinality (s, t) cut

Consider a partition function for a graph as follows: \begin{equation} \mathrm{Z}_\mathrm{G}(\beta) = \sum_{z \in \{-1, 1\}^{n}} \beta^{\underset{(i, j) \in E, i < j}{\sum} w_{i,j} ~z_i z_j}, \end{...
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### Directed acyclic graphs with logarithmic diameter

Fix an ordering $v_1,\ldots, v_n$ of the vertices $V$ of a directed acyclic graph (DAG), so if there is a directed edge from $v_i$ to $v_j$ then $i < j$. Define the diameter of the graph to be the ...
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### Is there a poly-time algorithm to compute the drawing of a simple graph (need not be planar) in a 2D-plane such that any two edges cross at most once?

Does there exists a ploynomial time algorithm to embed a simple graph(need not be planar) in a plane satisfying the following conditions? No edge touches vertices other than its end vertices. At any ...
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### Easier famility of graphs for MAXCUT [closed]

I would like to know if there are particular family of graphs for which the Goemans-Williamson MAXCUT Approximation Algorithm renders higher than 0.878 approximation ratio. TIA
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