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Are almost all rooted trees asymmetric?

It's well known that almost all graphs are asymmetric (have trivial automorphism group) and that almost all free trees are symmetric. By which argument do I see whether almost all rooted trees are ...
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Halting probability of random tree-generating algorithm

Suppose I have a tree-generating algorithm as follows. Begin with one root vertex. With equal probability, create either three subvertices or none. Recurse and repeat for each of the subvertices (if ...
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How many edges does an undirected tree with $n$ nodes have?

How many edges does an undirected tree with $n$ nodes have?
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Need an efficient algorithm to visit all nodes of a graph, revisiting edges and nodes is allowed

Update: This is my solution with Kruskal's Algorithm, although it doesn't take into account real "path". Brute force may be the only solution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbSwwos4R2E Hi, I ...
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König's Infinity Lemma and Aronszajn Trees

I am working through the notes of my Set Theory lecture. There my professor wrote: 'Is there an uncountable $\kappa$ such that König's Infinity Lemma holds for $\kappa$? There are models where ...
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In any tree, what is the maximum distance between a vertex of high degree and a vertex of low degree?

In any undirected tree $T$, what is the maximum distance from any vertex $v$ with $\text{deg}(v) \geq 3$ to the closest (in a shortest path sense) vertex $y$ with $\text{deg}(y) \leq 2$? That is, $y$ ...
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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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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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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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Number of spanning trees of a labeled graph

This labeled graph is given, I need to find the number of its spanning trees. The number of spanning trees of the following graph is 3 and the number of spanning trees of this is 8 So as a ...
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Find a Generating Function for Ordered Rooted Ternary Trees

The Full Question If we let $T=$ the family of rooted ternary trees, $t_n =$ be number of trees in $T$ with $n$ nodes and $T(x) = \sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}w_nx^n$ be the generating function of $T$. ...
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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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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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Proofs involving some general formulae for trees and binary trees.

So here I have 3 tree-related questions. 1) Let $n\geq2$ and let $d_1 ≤d_2 ≤···≤d_n$ be a sequence of integers. Show that there is a tree with degree sequence $d_1,d_2,...,d_n \Leftrightarrow \sum ...
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Height of quasi-complete binary tree

Let us define a quasi-complete binary tree as a rooted binary whose nodes have all two children except at most those of the penultimate level, which can have either one or two children. I read that ...
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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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Associativity of the tensor product of dendroidal sets

For any smal category $A$, I shall write $\widehat A$ for the category $[A^{\text op}, \mathbf{Set}]$ of presheaves on $A$, and $y_A\colon A \to \widehat A$ for the Yoneda embedding relative to $A$. ...
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Identifying Binary Search Trees from their Prufer Sequence

If you ignore its root, a Binary Search Tree generated by some permutation of $\{1, \ldots, n\}$ is a labeled tree. Which means you can calculate its Prufer Sequence. I did this in Python and I found ...
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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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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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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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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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In a Tree, show that the largest degree of a node <= number of nodes of degree 1

Let $T$ be a tree in which the largest degree of a node equals to $t$. Let $n_1$ denote the number of nodes of degree $1$ in $G$. Prove that $n_1 ≥ t$ I understand why this works but I am not sure ...
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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)