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Determining Ambiguity in Context Free Grammars

What are some common ways to determine if a grammar is ambiguous or not? What are some common attributes that ambiguous grammars have? For example, consider the following Grammar G: $S \rightarrow ...
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How to show that every connected graph has a spanning tree, working from the graph “down”

I am confused about how to approach this. It says: Show that every connected graph has a spanning tree. It's possible to find a proof that starts with the graph and works "down" towards the ...
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Number of undirected trees

Given n numbered vertices I want to know the number of different trees that can be created with them. I know that cayley's theorem says it's $n^{n-2}$, but why can't it also be: ...
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Cheapest spanning tree

I am trying to prove the following: Let $x_1$ be any vertex of a weighted connected graph $G$ with $n$ vertices and let $T_1$ be the subgraph with the one vertex $v_1$ and no edges. After a tree ...
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How to calculate the expected maximum tree size in a pseudoforest

I would like to calculate the expected maximum tree size in a randomly generated pseudoforest of $N$ labelled nodes where self-loops are not permitted. Empty and single-node trees are also not ...
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Show that if G is a simple graph with at least 4 vertices and 2n-3 edges, it must have two cycles of the same length.

For $n\ge4$, let G be a simple n-vertex graph with at least $2n - 3$ edges. Prove >that G has two cycles of equal length. (West's Introduction to Graph Theory Q 2.1.42) I am trying to prove the ...
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Show that Minimum Spanning Tree is unique

Show that MST is unique in case the edge weights are pairwise different $(w(e)\neq w(f) \text{ for } e\neq f)$. I thought that the proof can be done for example by contradiction, saying that we ...
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What does lg x mean? is it $\log_2 x$ or $\log_{10} x$ in binary trees

I'm a bit confused, $\log_{10} x = \log x $ right? I believe I've read somewhere that $\log_{2} x = lg x$ but some people say lg = $\log$. So what does lg really stand for? specifically when talking ...
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Virtually infinite cyclic groups act on a tree

A virtually infinite cyclic group $G$ is quasi-isometric to $\mathbb{Z}$ and thus has two ends; by Stallings theorem, $G$ acts (without inversion) on a tree with finite edge-stabilizers. But the ...
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Why for number of leaves in a tree (all types of trees) is it true

I have to prove the following claim, given the tree $T=(V,E)$, $|V|\geq3$: $$|V_1| \leq \frac { |V| \times (\Delta (V) - 2) + 2 }{ \Delta (V) - 1 } $$ where $|V_1| - $ number of leaves in a tree, and ...
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Bijection between binary trees and plane trees?

I would like to describe a bijection between binary trees and plane trees. A binary tree has a root node and each node of the tree has at most 2 children (left and right). A plane tree has a root node ...
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Spanning Trees of the Complete Graph Avoiding a Given Tree

EDIT: I think everyone understood, but I never explicitly stated that I am looking at labeled spanning trees. Let $T$ be a tree contained in $K_n$ (the complete graph on $n$ vertices). How can one ...
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A Graph as a Union of K forests.

I want to show that a graph G that is a union of k forests has a chromatic number of at most 2k. I have narrowed my problem down to trying to show that any graph G that is a union of n trees has a ...
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Cubic (3-regular) graph spanning tree

Considering loop free cubic graphs (graphs where every node has 3 neighboring nodes): Is is possible to construct a spanning tree that only has nodes with 3 neighbors in the spanning tree or 1 ...
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Bounds on how far away most leaves are from the average height of a binary tree

I'm wondering if anyone can help me prove (or disprove) this statement? Say there is a rooted full binary tree (each non-leaf node has exactly two children) with a height of $h$, an average height ...
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Automorphism of Tree

Let $\sigma$ and $\theta$ be two automorphisms of tree $X$. I want to show that min$_{v\in V(X)}d(v,\sigma(v))=$min$_{v\in V(X)}d(\theta^{-1}\sigma\theta(v),v)$. I know every automorphism of tree is ...
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How many vertices does this tree have?

Suppose that $T$ is a tree. It has $e$ edges and $n$ vertices, and $\overline{T}$ has $10e$ edges. What is n? I think $n = 1$ is a solution, because $T$ can have no edges then, so $0=10*0$. A ...
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Understanding countable ordinals (as trees, step by step)

Even though ordinal numbers – considered as transitive sets – are perfect non-trees, it is worth (and natural) to visualize them as trees, starting from the finite ones which are given as ...
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Number of binary trees with N nodes

I am trying to calculate the number of trees (non isomorphic) with n nodes (total including leaves). I think that there are n! such trees, but I don't know how to prove that. I know that the number ...
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Prong Corollary, $G$ has a subgraph isomorphic to $T$

There is a corollary in Diestel textbook Graph Theory. Corollary 1.5.4. if $T$ is a tree and $G$ is any graph with $\delta(G) \geq |T|-1$, then $T \subseteq G$, i.e. $G$ has a subgraph isomorphic ...
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What's the rank of this well founded relation?

Definition A tree is an ordered list of trees. (N.B these are finite objects and there is a very simple computable bijection of them with $\mathbb N$) Examples [] and [[],[],[]] and ...
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Tree formalisms

The intuitive notion of a tree in mathematics is quite straightforward. However, there are several different formalisms of the tree concept. The link http://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/tree lists several ...
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a problem about finding an algorithm for a spanning tree in a 3-regular graph

"Consider the connected 3-regular graph G. Find an algorithm that produces a subgraph S of G which is a spanning tree and if you remove S from G then G is divided into some components that each of ...
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What are the algebraic and topological properties of a tree (graph theory), and what are any possible connections?

I'm a non-mathematician working with trees (mostly rooted and oriented trees). Typically, I understand them as join-semilattices, so they have an implicit algebraic structure: they form a subgroup ...
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Proof on Dyadic Trees [Smullyan: First-Order Logic, chapter 1, section 0]

I'm having difficult with a proof from Smullyan's First-Order Logic, Chapter 1 Section 0 (Reprint, Dover 1968, p. 4): Prove: In a dyadic tree, define x to be to the left of y if there is a ...
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maximizing the inverse degree in a graph

The inverse degree in the graph $G$ is defined as \begin{align*} r(G) = \sum_{i=1}^N \frac{1}{d_i}, \end{align*} where $d_i$ is the degree of node (vertex) $i$. Is the connected graph with maximum ...
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Number of nodes with even offspring

I've been working on a combinatorics assignment, and while the last few questions had clever solutions which didn't involve functional equations and the use LIFT, I fear I'm at my end. Given a ...
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Finding number of homeomorphically irreducible trees of degree N

There is a scene in Goodwill Hunting where professor challenges students with task of finding all homeomorphically irreducible trees of degree 10. This is discussed in many places, such as here and is ...
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Mathematical notation for formulas involving trees

I am working on document that requires me to write such things as "$T_1$ is a descendant of $T_0$", or "$N_1$ is an parent of $N_2$". For now, I've been highjacking set notation for use in formulas, ...
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Algorithm for generating homeomorphically irreducible trees of size n

In this video they talk about generating all the homeomorphically irreducible trees of size 10. I was wondering if there is a generating algorithm for generating all the homeomorphically irreducible ...
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Recurrence relation induction [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Solving the recurrence $t(n)=(t(n-1))^2 + 1$ Show that the number of binary trees of height less than or equal to $n$ is given by the recurrence \begin{align*} ...
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Number of spanning arborescences

I am trying to prove the following result from my book: Let $G$ be a directed graph with vertices $x_1,x_2,\cdots x_n$ for which a directed Eulerian circuit exists. A spanning arborescence with root ...
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About finiteness of trees

I am reading a book of Michael Sipser "Introduction to the theory of computation", and there is a theorem, which he gives without a proof: "If every node of a tree has only finitely many children and ...
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The maximum number of nodes in a binary tree of depth $k$ is $2^{k}-1$, $k \geq1$.

I am confused with this statement The maximum number of nodes in a binary tree of depth $k$ is $2^k-1$, $k \geq1$. How come this is true. Lets say I have the following tree ...
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Proof about trees

Show that in any tree there exists a node such that, if we remove this node and the edges adjacent to it, we will obtain trees which have at most n/2 nodes (the removed node is not counted ...
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Tree pruning question…

all. I'm facing the question: "A chain letter starts when a person sends a letter to five others. Each person who receives the letter either sends it to five other people who have never received it ...
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Graphs: trees, induction proof

I was wondering if you could help me prove the following. $G$ is a tree $\iff$ deleting any edge will disconnect it. And a similar one: $G$ is a tree $\iff$ adding any edge will create a cycle. I ...
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Proof involving a minimum weight spanning tree.

Please help with the following homework problem: Let G be an undirected graph, $v: E\to R$ and $w: E\to R$ be two weight functions on the edges of $G$. Let $z: E\to R$ be defined as the sum of ...
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could a spanning tree graph be expressed by a lower triangular matrix?

Suppose a directed spanning tree graph $G$, there are $n$ nodes, and the root is node $1$. We express this graph by a matrix $M_{n\times n}$. If there is an directed edge from node $i$ to node $j$, ...
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A tree on n vertices where every vertex has degree 1 or 4. Prove that n ≡ 2 (mod 3)

Let T be a tree tree on n vertices where every vertex has degree 1 or 4. Prove that n ≡ 2 (mod 3)
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How to establish bijective between the set of rooted trees and natural numbers, using Godel numbering?

Consider the structure of a rooted tree independent of its underlying set, (i.e. in the sense of trees as combinatorial species). I know a number of ways which we can encode any such tree in natural ...
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Applications of the number of spanning trees in graphs

Let $G$ be a simple graph and denote by $\tau(G)$ the number of spanning trees of $G$. There are many results related to $\tau(G)$ for certain types of graphs. For example one of the prettiest (to ...
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Recursive Generating function for enumerating leaf labeled binary trees

Let be B(z) the exponential generating function for the number $b_n$ of different rooted unordered binary trees with exactly n leaves labeled only at their leaves (so the internal nodes are ...
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Number of inner nodes in relation to the leaf number N

I am aware that if there is a bifurcating tree with N leaves, then there are (N-1) internal nodes (branching points) with a single root node. How is this relationship proved? Best,
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Fast question about minimum spanning trees

If any edge from a given spanning tree T0 is contained in some minimum spanning tree T*, does this imply that T0 is also a minimum spanning tree ? Right now, I'm trying to draw on paper some graphs ...
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Graph with fixed amount of spanning trees

"Find a graph with 8 vertices, which have exactly 27 spanning trees." How do I find such a graph, or prove one does not exist?
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Proof involving maximum weight of edge in minimum spanning tree

Let $G$ be a minimum spanning tree of a complete graph. Let $e$ be the maximum weight edge in $G$. I'd like to proof that given any other spanning tree $G'$ of this graph, being $j$ the maximum weight ...
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Finding an Isolated Maximum subset of tree

Given an Oriented Tree T(V,E) with n nodes, each node have an non-negative number (the numbers are not related to nodes order). A subgroup Z of V called an Isolated if it doesn't include two nodes ...
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spanning trees of an edge transitive graph

Let $G$ be an edge transitive graph. Let $t(G)$ be the number f spanning trees on $G$. Show that each edge lies in exactly $\tfrac{(n-1)t(G)}{m}$ spanning trees. Where $|V(G)|=n$ and $|E(G)=m$. ...
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Can Prims and Kruskals algorithm yield different min spanning tree?

In this problem I am trying to find the min weight using the Prims and Kruskals and list the edges in the order they are chosen. For Prims I am getting order ...