Cubic Graphs

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Cubic Graphs

Postby Keerti_Vardhan » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:38 am

By using 6 vertices (say a, b, c, d, e, f) how many different cubic graphs can be constructed? A graph (or a multi-graph) is called cubic if each of its vertex is shared by exactly three edges. Two graphs are called different if one cannot be obtained from the other by relabeling of the vertices i.e. they are non-isomorphic. The answer to this problem is 6, but the question is can Mathematica compute this thing? and draw all six possibilities?
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Re: Cubic Graphs

Postby Michael_Morrison » Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:19 pm

You can use Mathematica's built-in function GraphData to look for graphs that meet certain characteristics. For example, GraphData["Cubic", 6] will return all cubic graphs on 6 vertices. However, it only returns two results (the same as pictured in the second row on this MathWorld entry:
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Re: Cubic Graphs

Postby edpeggjr » Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:45 pm

The poster is not really asking about classic cubic graphs. These are
are given in GraphData up to a reasonable size, and are enumerated at

Instead, the question is about connected nondirected trivalent multigraphs
without self-loops.

Cubic multigraphs are less popular. Apparently, no-one in the world
has yet programmed their enumeration.

Without the connected requirement, there are 9 such graphs on 6 nodes.
If self-loops are allowed, the counts go higher.

Directed graphs and directed multigraphs also lack many
enumerations. Connectedness and self-loops change the enumeration.

Nine edges are needed. One programming method would be to start with

Select[GraphData["Connected", 6], Max[GraphData[#, "Degrees"]] < 4 &]

Graphs containing edges having degree 1-3 or 1-2 can be eliminated. Similarly,
graphs with degree 2 vertices surrounded by degree 3 vertices can be

For each remaining graph, add edge multiples to reach nine in all possible ways,
and select the cubic cases.
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Re: Cubic Graphs

Postby Keerti_Vardhan » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:02 pm

With reference to your suggestion "Select[GraphData["Connected", 6], Max[GraphData[#, "Degrees"]] < 4 &]" I wish to tell you that my computer hangs when I try to run this command. Is there anything wrong with my computer or software? I am using Mathematica7. Please help.
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