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Motivation for spectral graph theory.

Why do we care about eigenvalues of graphs? Of course, any novel question in mathematics is interesting, but there is an entire discipline of mathematics devoted to studying these eigenvalues, so ...
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On the invertibility of adjacency matrix

Which are the sufficient and necessary conditions for an undirected graph with no self edges (i.e. no loop of length 1) to have an invertible adjacency matrix? I recall that in this case the ...
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All Ihara $\zeta$ functions for planar $k$-regular graphs with a given set of faces are equivalent

This sounds like a simple piece of math (which got a long story over time, thanks for reading!) and the consequence seems surprising. At least to me. Here it is: It boils down to comparing two ...
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Is each edge interpreted like a $2$-cycle?

Let $a_k$ a an eigenvalue of the adjacency matrix $A$ of a planar cubic graph with $n$ vertices. For the returning paths without backtracking we get the generating function of ...
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Can I find the connected components of a graph using matrix operations on the graph's adjacency matrix?

If I have an adjacency matrix for a graph, can I do a series of matrix operations on the adjacency matrix to find the connected components of the graph?
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What is the smallest and the largest possible adjacency eigenvalue of a regular graph?

For a $d-$regular graph I think $d$ is always the largest adjacency eigenvalue and if its bipartite then I think $-d$ is the smallest possible.
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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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What do the eigenvectors of an adjacency matrix tell us?

The principal eigenvector of the adjacency matrix of a graph gives us some notion of vertex centrality. What do the second, third, etc. eigenvectors tell us? Motivation: A standard information ...
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Spectrum of adjacency matrix of complete graph

Fooling around in matlab, I did an eigenvalue decomposition of the adjacency matrix of $K_5$. ...
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What can we say about two graphs if they have similar adjacency matrices?

Suppose we have two (finite, simple, undirected) graphs, what can we say about these graphs if they have similar adjacency matrices? Observations to begin with: If $G_1$ and $G_2$ are isomorphic, ...
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Questions on fractional Laplacian graph spectra

Both the signed ($D-A$) and unsigned ($D+A$) Laplacian are of interest in spectral graph theory, see eg Cvetkovic: Bibliography on the signless Laplacian eigenvalues: first one hundred references. ...
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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. Question. Is it ...
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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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Connectedness of a regular graph and the multiplicity of its eigenvalue

Suppose $X$ is a $k$-regular graph with adjacency matrix $A$. I wish to show that if $k$ has multiplicity $1$ as an eigenvalue of $A$ then $X$ is connected. By way of contradiction I assume that X is ...
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Which graphs do have invertible adjacency matrices?

I would like to know if there is any class of graphs for which the adjacency matrices are invertible. At this moment I am aware of only the class of graphs $n K_2$ which is the disjoint union of $n$ ...
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What is known about optimization of spectral properties of matrices over finite fields?

[I am solving the characteristic polynomial over complex numbers but since the matrices are symmetric all eigenvalues are real] Like for symmetric $d-$regular matrices over 0/1 or 0/1/-1 what are ...