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Prove a certain matrix is positive semidefinte.

Consider a stochastic matrix $P$, i.e. real, non-negative, square, rows sum to one. Consider $\Xi$ to be a diagonal matrix with a principal left eigenvector of $P$ on the main diagonal and zeros ...
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Faber-Krahn inequality for domain in Z^d with nearest-neighbor connections

In $\mathbb{R}^d$ there is a theorem that if you are looking for the first Dirichlet eigenvalue $\lambda_1$ of a domain $D \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ with a given volume $V$, then $\lambda_1$ will be ...
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What is the multiplicity of the largest eigenvalue of a graph?

The Laplacian of a graph is a symmetric positive semi-definite matrix and hence has all real eigenvalues. Is there any characterization for the multiplicity of the largest Laplacian (and/or Adjacency ...
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correlations between network parameters

I am calculating spectral densities for networks. Is there a reason why skewness and kurtosis would, in general, be correlated across many networks? That is, as a feature of networks rather than ...
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Spectral methods with linear programming

Is it possible to model and solve some fundamental spectral methods (say Singular-Value Decomposition) with (Integer?) Linear Programming? Update: say you want to do SVD. Can you model it as a ...
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Is there any graph property which is equivalent to that the spectral radius of its adjacency matrix is less then $1$?

Let $G$ be a directed graph and $A$ the corresponding adjacency matrix. I'll denote with $\rho$ the spectral radius, and with $I$ the identity matrix. What can we say about $G$ when the spectral ...
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How adjacency matrix shows that the graph have no cycles?

Let $G$ a directed graph and $A$ the corresponding adjacency matrix. Let denote the identity matrix with $I$. I've read in a wikipedia article, that the following statement is true. Statement. $I-A$ ...
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Understanding minimum cuts and normalized minimum cuts in a graph.

I came across minimum and normalized minimum cuts while reading about image segmentation using graphs. I can't seem to understand these two notions. It will be great if someone can explain these two ...
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Modifications to the definition of graph Laplacian?

Many people have defined various definitions for graph Laplacian. For example see here [1]. What is common between various definitions of Laplacian that makes all of them ``Laplacian"? For example ...
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Weighted undirected graphs, complex Laplacian, complex eigenvalues & spectral clusering

I am rather puzzled and confused, I have been trying to get a clear understanding of how would spectral clustering work for an undirected weighted graph, I have used the normalized Laplacian, but I ...
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Multigrid eigensolver: properties of the Laplacian at different levels of the hierarchy

I'm not entirely sure this is the right place, but I could really use some help. I'm attempting to implement a hierarchical eigensolver specific to graph Laplacians $L_0$, but after one iteration, the ...
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Fast Cholesky Factrorization for Tree Laplacians

Suppose $T_1$ and $T_2$ represent two Laplacian matrices of two spanning trees of $n$ vertices. Since the Cholesky factorization needs $O(n)$ time for each $T_i\ (i=1,2)$ due to the tree structure, ...
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K-way Undirected Weighted Graph Partition with K Vertices Pre-Assigned

I have an undirected weighted graph to be partitioned into k subgraphs with minimal edge weight between the partitions and k of the vertices are constrained to lie in separate partitions. I am ...
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Kac's question 'Can one hear the shape of a drum' and Sunada method, a clarification

I'm reading the article http://www.math.upenn.edu/~kazdan/425S11/Drum-Gordon-Webb.pdf, , where Gordon and Webb describe in a simple a way the contruction of a pair of isospectral but non isometric ...
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prove that $G$ is complete graph.

suppose that $G$ is connected graph and for every eigenvalue of its adjacency matrix we have $\lambda \geq -1$. prove that $G$ is complete graph. I think that the easiest way is to show that we have ...
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eigenfunctions on covering spaces of graphs

I am reading about lifts of graphs in relation to covering spaces. Before I pose my question I will explain some of the terminology. Let $G$ and $H$ be two graphs. We say that a function $f: V(H) ...
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Understanding and interpreting graph spectra

I'm not a mathematician, but a geographer trying to get a grasp on some network analysis I'm experimenting with. I have a few questions related to spectral graph theory that a mathematician could help ...
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Possible eigenvalue of Laplacian

I came across an exercise of book Spectra of Graphs. Show that there does not exist graph whose adjacency matrix eigenvalue is -1/2. Any thougts?
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Graph with largest eigenvalue “almost” $\pi$

While doodling recently I found that the largest eigenvalue of the adjacency matrix of the following undirected graph (ignore directions on edges in picture) is "almost" $\pi$. According to octave ...
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Is there anything special about a graph with the golden ratio in its spectrum?

Given a simple connected graph $g$ with adjacency matrix $\mathbf{A}$. Let the spectrum $\lambda_1 < \lambda_2 < \ldots < \lambda_N$ be the eigenvalues of the equation $\mathbf{A} v=\lambda ...
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Steps in a proof from Spectral Graph Theory by Fan Chung

On page 15 of Spectral Graph Theory by Fan Chung, http://www.math.ucsd.edu/~fan/research/cb/ch1.pdf, before eq (1.14) is the step, $\displaystyle || \sum_{i\neq 0} (1-\lambda_i)^s a_i \phi_i ...
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Finding the smallest max eigenvalues for related matrices?

While messing around with a spectral approach to a graph coloring question, I happened upon a type of problem I hadn't seen before. Suppose you have two symmetric $n$ x $n$ matrices in the form ...
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If $G$ is connected then $\lambda_2 < \lambda_1$.

Let $G=(V,E)$ be an $n$-vertex , undirected graph with maximum degree $d$, then how to prove the following result. If $G$ is connected then $\lambda_2 < \lambda_1$. where $\lambda_1 \geq \lambda_2 ...
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Top and bottom power spectral density of a height profile

Imagine I have a simple 1D height profile which is NOT symmetric. Now, what is truly important for me is to know what are the frequency content of the top profile (i.e. a cut profile above the ...
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a closed formula to enumerate the self avoiding walks of a graph

Let $G$ be a directed graph with $N$ nodes and weighted adjacency matrix $W $ defined by $$ W_{ij} = \left\{ \begin{array}{cl} w_{ij} & \text{ if } \ i \ \text{ is connected to } j \\ 0 & ...
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Graph Isomorphism algorithm that doesn't always work

I just thought of the following incomplete algorithm for deciding whether two graphs are isomorphic: Let $A$ and $A'$ be adjacency matrices of two graphs. Then for some unitary $U,U’$ and diagonals ...
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Control principal eigenvector of a row stochastic matrix

I am just trying to consider the classical discrete-time Markov Chain problem. Consider the transition matrix P, which transforms state vector $x(k)$ to $x(k+1)$, satisfying: $x(k+1)$ = $P*x(k)$ It ...
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What is the importance of Laplacian Matrix in spectral clustering

In spectral clustering algorithms, we often use Laplacian matrix of adjacency matrix instead of Adjacency matrix itself. What is the advantage of using Laplacian matrix over simple adjacency matrix?
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Spectrum of an infinite graph independent of labelling

Does there exist an infinite graph whose spectrum does not depend upon the labelling of the graph? While evaluating the spectrum, I am considering adjacency matrix of the infinite graph as a bounded ...
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Eigenvalues of the distance-k graph of a graph

Let $G$ be a (finite, simple, connected) graph. Define the distance-$k$ graph $G_k$ to be the graph with the same vertex set and $x\sim y$ iff $d(x,y)=k$. A graph is integral if all of the eigenvalues ...
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Motivations for Shi-Malik Algorithm

So I've been trying to make sense of the clustering algorithm on page 6 of this paper. Are the "first" k eigenvalues they refer to the smallest eigenvalues? What are the $y_i$ exactly? I don't see ...
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Functions on adjacency matrices

From Norman Biggs, Algebraic Graph theory 2j, p13: The adjacency matrix has a spectral decomposition $A = \sum \lambda_aE_a$, where the matrices $E_a$ are idempotent and mutually orthogonal. (...) It ...
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Applications of Cayley Graphs in Physics

I have been recently reading about Cayley graphs and character theory. It is evident that Cayley graphs are very useful tool in theoretical computer science. In physics, Cayley graphs seem do appear ...
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Show the relationship between the trace and the number of 4-cycles

Let $G$ be a k-regular graph. Show the exact relationship between $tr(A^4)$ and the number of 4-cycles in $G$. I understand how $tr(A^4)$ tells us the total number of closed paths of length 4 in ...
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Graph Theory - Proof

I am need help to Prove the following statement: Let G be a $k$-regular graph with $n$ vertices and $k \geq 1$. Prove that $G$ does not have an independent set of size greater than $\dfrac{n}{2}$. ...
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The lower bound of Cheeger Inequality as the degree goes to infinity

Consider an undirected graph $G(V,E)$ with adjacency matrix $A$ and define the graph Laplacian as \begin{equation} L = D - A \end{equation} where $D$ is a diagonal matrix such that $D(i,i) = d_i$. ...
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Power series convergence of random walk transition matrix

I would like to find out if $$ \sum_{t=0}^\infty P^t = \left( I- P \right)^{-1} ~,$$ where $P = D^{-1}W ~ $ is a random walk transition matrix. $W$ is a matrix describing weights in a graph and ...
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Algebraic Combinatorics

Let $K_{r,s}$ denote the complete bipartite graph, defined on $r + s$ vertices $\{v_1,v_2,...,v_r,w_1,...,w_s\}$, with an edge between $v_i$ and $w_j$ for $1 ≤ i ≤ r$ and $1 ≤ j ≤ s$. By ...
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Does any vertex transitive graph have a bounded eigenvector?

Following up on the negative answer to this question, I would be interested in knowing the answer to the following question, which I cannot seem to find an obvious contradiction to when testing for ...
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rate of convergence of absorbing markov chain

Let $G$ be a biconnected and non-bipartite graph. I can simulate a random walk on this graph with a markov chain. The stochastic matrix is $M = AD^{-1}$, where $A$ is the adjacency matrix of $G$ and ...
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Are the eigenvectors of vertex transitive graphs bounded

For a connected and regular graph $G$ with degree $ d $ at each vertex and adjacency matrix $A$, the normalized Laplacian of $G$ is defined as $L = I-\frac{1}{d}M$. Let $\psi$ be an eigenvector of $L$ ...
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Interesting Questions in Spectral Graph Theory

In the past, I have worked on few problems in Spectral graph theory and their applications to Physics. I have read parts of Fan Chung's book and Daniel Spielman lecture notes. I really enjoyed the ...
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Number of Nodes within a Given Distance from a Node

Suppose we are given a $d$-regular graph $G=(V,E)$ of order $n$. Let $\lambda_2$ be the second-largest eigenvalue of $G$'s adjacency matrix. Does this information help obtaining a lowerbound or ...
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the solution of matrix polynomials

In order to get the eigenvalues of \begin{equation} P=\left[ \begin{array}{cc} 0_{n\times n} & I_{n\times n} \\ -A & -B% \end{array} \right], \end{equation} where $A$ and $B$ are both $n\times ...
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Eigen vectors of graph laplacians

I have been reading about spectral graph theory from Daniel A. Spielman's notes. Fiedler’s Nodal Domain Theorem from this note says that : Let $G = (V, E, w)$ be a weighted connected graph, and let ...
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interpretation of generalized eigenvalue/vectors in spectral graph theory

Let us say I have a symmetric graph adjacency matrix A, a degree matrix D, a laplacian L (D-A). I have a generalized eigenvalue equation $Av=\lambda Lv$. Does the eigenvalue/vectors produced in this ...
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Lower bound on the minimum eigenvalue of sum of two matrices

Assume that $A$ is a symmetric positive definite matrix and $B$ is a symmetric (can potentially negative entries). Is the following bound correct? $$\lambda_{min}(A+B)\geq ...
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Spectral gap of mixture of Markov chains

Context Let $P$ be the transition matrix of an irreducible, aperiodic, discrete-time Markov chain. The spectral gap is given by $$\xi = 1 - \lambda_\max$$ where $\lambda_\max = \max\{\lambda_2, ...
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Generating a stochastic matrix with a given second dominant eigenvalue

I need a procedure (iterative or otherwise) that, given a positive integer $N$ and a (possibly complex) number $\lambda$ such that $0 < \vert \lambda \vert < 1$, will be able to generate an $N ...
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Graph partitioning with constraints

Consider having $n$ data points ${{x}_{1}},..,{{x}_{N}}\in {{R}^{D}}$. Given an affinity matrix of the data, $W=[{{w}_{ij}}]$ where ${{w}_{ij}}$ is the affinity measure for data points ${{x}_{i}}$ and ...