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I think that this graph exists because the Handshaking Lemma says that the sum of the vertex degrees must be an even number. The sum of the vertices is, $1 + 2+3+4+4 = 14$ . I know that a simple graph is a graph with no loops or multiple edges. I am confused on why this graph does not exist.

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    $\begingroup$ If a graph exists, it's degree sequence follows the handshaking lemma. That doesn't necessarily mean that if a degree sequence follows the handshaking lemma, the graph must exist. $\endgroup$ Apr 21, 2017 at 22:53

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You have 5 vertices, and two of them have degree 4, which means that both of them are connected to every other vertex, meaning that every vertex must have a degree of at least 2. So, you cannot have one with degree 1.

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