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I need to find a list of all connected bipartite graphs on 15 vertices. lists all graphs on 14 or fewer number of vertices. says there are 575 252 112 such graphs.

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 geng -bc 15 conbip.g6.txt 

with the program geng from Brendan McKay's nauty package, available from

The list of connected bipartite graphs with n = 14 vertices is 74MB compressed and requires a few minutes to generate. The list for n = 15 may take a while to complete and the resulting file will be large.

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I added the flag for connected graphs, and gave an output filename. I also mentioned output size and calculation time. I deleted my copy of the output since it was too large to justify keeping; I believe it took on the order of an hour to generate. – Jack Schmidt Jun 30 '12 at 15:14
Thank you! this a great tool. for n=15 output is 10.7 GB and it took around 10 minutes [running on 3 cores] – Hrant Khachatrian Jul 1 '12 at 8:35

Simple estimation can be made if one considers selected bipartite graph Gi and then counts all the possible non-bipartite graphs that can be made from this graph Gi by adding inner edges in earch part of the graph Gi. So, if number of vortices in one part is x and number of vertices of another part is n-x, then the total number of new graphs for graph Gi is ((a b) being the binomial coefficient) 2^(x 2)*2(n-x 2)-1. After finding the minimum expression for x, the final estimation is that for each bipartite graph there are additional 2^n^2 non-bipartite graphs. So the part of bipartite graphs goes to zer when n goes to infinity.

From this result it is possible to get estimation of the total number of bipartite graphs on n vertices.

There are several article that gives exact computation of number of bipartite graphs, but no explicit formulas are given (found).

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