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In this quest, I got two disconnected components wherein one connected component had vertices $\{A,E,C,G\}$ and another disconnected component had vertices $\{S,T\}$, so now to calculate total number of subgraphs , each edge has two choices either it can be a part of sub-graph or not a part of sub-graph. Now since there are $4$ edges in one-subgraph so for them total number of choices will be $16$ and for second component $2$ choices, so according to me total no of sub-graphs should be $18$, what is the mistake in this approach?

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  • $\begingroup$ There are 5 edges in the $\{A,C,E,G\}$ component $\endgroup$ – TokenToucan Dec 22 '15 at 7:39
  • $\begingroup$ sorry , I missed that one edge so then it will be 32+2=34 subgraphs possible , right ? $\endgroup$ – radhika Dec 22 '15 at 7:44
  • $\begingroup$ It doesn't matter that the components are disconnected. $\endgroup$ – TokenToucan Dec 22 '15 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ So then what should be the approach ? $\endgroup$ – radhika Dec 22 '15 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ Exactly what you were doing before, $2^6=64$ $\endgroup$ – TokenToucan Dec 22 '15 at 16:37
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To make sure we're on the same page, this should be the graph:

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There are $6$ edges, and hence $2^6$ labelled subgraphs on $6$ vertices (there are $2^6$ subsets of the edge set).

It should be 32*2=64 rather than 32+2=34, as for each $4$-vertex subgraph of the big component and $2$-vertex subgraph of the small component, we can combine them to give a unique $6$-vertex subgraph of the whole graph.

There seems to be no sensible way to derive an answer of 7 from this question. (Does $G=G_L$?)

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you please tell the cases where we will have vertices less than 6 , say I have only A and E and they are disconnected so how to deal with those cases ? $\endgroup$ – radhika Dec 26 '15 at 4:01

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