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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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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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What does the minimal eigenvalue of a graph say about the graph's connectivity?

I'm reading Fan Chung's Spectral Graph Theory, and I'm now in chapter 2. There, Chung proves Cheeger's inequality, which is that $2h_G \geq \lambda_1 > h_G^2/2$ for any graph $G$. To me, this ...
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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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Eigenstructure of discrete Laplacian on uniform grid

The discrete Laplacian of a graph is the matrix $L = D - A$ where $D$ is a diagonal matrix with $d_{ii}$ being the degree of $v_i$, and $A$ is the usual adjacency matrix. Is there anything known ...
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Two formulas for the minimal eigenvalue of a graph

Hello again everybody, I'm reading Fan Chung's monograph Spectral Graph Theory. In it, she has two formulas for the minimal eigenvalue of a graph. She doesn't explain why they're equivalent, and I'm ...
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Eigenvalues of a bipartite graph

Let $X$ be a connected graph with maximum eigenvalue $k$. Assume that $-k$ is also an eigenvalue. I wish to prove that $X$ is bipartite. Now if $\vec{x}=(x_1,\cdots ,x_n)$ is the eigenvector for ...
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Significance of eigenvalue

When I represent a graph with a matrix and calculate its eigenvalues what does it signify? I mean, what will spectral analysis of a graph tell me?
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Spielman's proof of graph connectivity

I use Spielman's lectures on course Spectral Graph Theory I have few question regarding Lecture 2. The Laplacian, especially Lemma 2.3.1 (Graph connectivity). Please, help me to make it a little bit ...
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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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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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Laplacians, Diagonal Perturbations

Setup: Consider a Laplacian (or Kirchoff) matrix $L = L^T \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ corresponding to a weighted, undirected and connected graph. That is, a matrix with $L_{ij} \leq 0$ for $i\neq j$ ...
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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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Intuitive interpretation of the adjacency matrix as a linear operator.

Naturally we can describe graphs via tables of "yes there is an edge" or "no there is not" between each pair of vertices, so the definition of an adjacency matrix is easily understood. Thinking of ...
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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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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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Spectral graph theory and connected components of graphs

We know that multiplicity of least eigenvalue of laplacian matrix of graph gives us number of connected components in graph.What is intuition behind this theorem? How do we know that this works in ...
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characteristic polynomial of the adjacency matrix of a tree

I have read that if $A$ is the adjacency matrix of a tree $T$, then we have that $$\det(\lambda I - A) = \sum_{k=0}^{\lfloor n/2 \rfloor} (-1)^k N_k(T) \lambda^{n-2k} $$ where $N_k(T)$ is the number ...
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What graph Laplacians commute

I know that the graph Laplacian of a fully connected graph commutes with the Laplacian of any other graph. Is there any theorem stating something similar about some more general family of graphs? ...
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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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spectral radius (adjacency matrix) of a partitioned graph

Is the following bound on the largest eigenvalue of a partitioned graph known? It seems like it should be but I am not able to find a reference to it. Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ whose vertices are ...
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Extension of Cheeger's inequality with distinguished vertices

The standard Cheeger's inequality for graph $G$ states that $\frac{1}{2}$ $\lambda$ < $\phi(G)$ < $\sqrt{2\lambda}$ where $\lambda$ is the second smallest eigenvalue of the normalized ...
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Graphs with zero spectrum / nilpotent symmetric matrices

Is there a graph theoretic characterization of those graphs with zero spectrum? Alternatively, can one at least characterize all symmetric nilpotent (complex) matrices, so that one could recognize ...
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A finite graph G is $d$-regular if, and only if, its adjacency matrix has the eigenvalue $λ = d$

Show that a graph $G$ finite with $n$ vertices is $d$-regular if, and only if, the vector with all the coordinates equals to 1 is eigenvetor from eigenvalue $λ = d$ from the adjacency matrix $A$ ...
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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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Does an $n\times n$ adjacency matrix of a scale-free network graph have $n$ distinct eigenvalues?

Question updated Suppose that I have an $n\times n$ adjacency matrix $\mathbf{A}$ of a simple graph $G$ where the entry $(i,j)$ represent the number of edges between node $i$ and $j$ in $G$. Note ...
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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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Lowest Eigenvalue of a positive semi-definite matrix

I am reading a paper on spectral graph theory. Let us say we have an adjacency matrix W and a degree matrix D. We construct a Laplacian matrix, L defined as: L = D - W The paper claims that L is ...
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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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Constructing a directed graph from its spectrum

This is related to the following question from cs theory stack exchange: http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/3742/reverse-graph-spectra-problem So it seems as if given a sequence of real ...
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Is the upper Cheeger Inequality tight?

The (upper) Cheeger Inequality says: Let $G$ be an unweighted, undirected, regular graph of degree $d$. Let $\lambda_2$ be the second eigenvalue of the Laplacian matrix of $G$, and let $\phi(G)$ ...
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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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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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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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The number of connected components of a $k$-regular graph equals the multiplicity of k

In similar vein to this question, I am trying to understand the proof of the fact that in a $k$-regular graph, the multiplicity of the eigenvalue $k$ equals the number of connected components. The ...
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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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Connection between the Tutte and characteristic polynomials?

Both the Tutte polynomial $T_G(x,y)$ and the characteristic polynomial $\phi_G(x)$ encode a great amount of structure of the input graph $G$. I've read somewhere that the Tutte polynomial has a kind ...
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Global solution for spectral clustering

I used spectral clustering for directed graphs suggested by Dengyong Zhou paper to partition the graph.I selected the eigen vectors corresponding to k largest eigen values and then I use kmeans or FCM ...
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Kinks in the eigenvalue spectrum of short range lattices

Take a periodic one-dimensional lattice of size $N$ with $2k$ nearest neighborers. That is, vertex $i$ is connected to $i+1,i+2,...,i+k$ and $i-1,i-2,...i-k$ (with the understanding that the indices ...
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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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Plotting a one-sided amplitude spectrum

I have a continuous signal $x(t)$ such that $$x(t)=12\cos(6\pi t)+6\cos(24\pi t)+3\cos(30 \pi t)$$ and is asked to sketch a $1$-sided Amplitude Spectrum of the signal $x(t)$ if sampled above the ...
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Justifying a pair of inequalities involving the exponential function

I'm reading Fan Chung's Spectral Graph Theory. There's a pair of inequalities I don't know how to justify. Chung doesn't attempt to explain them, so maybe they're very obvious. Example 1.19 on page ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Possible Eigenvalues of Graph

How would one prove (or disprove) that there is no such graph $G$ with $\lambda$ as an eigenvalue? I tried setting up a system of equations to see if it's possible for $-\frac{1}{2}$ to be an ...