Orderly algorithms for generating restricted classes of graphs

Charles J. Colbourn, Ronald C. Read

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Orderly algorithms for the generation of exhaustive lists of nonisomorphic graphs are discussed. The existence of orderly methods to generate the graphs with a given subgraph and without a given subgraph is established. This method can be used to list all the nonisomorphic subgraphs of a given graph, as well as to produce catalogs of Hamiltonian graphs, pancyclic graphs, degree‐constrained graphs, and other classes. A generalization of this method is given that can be used to generate lists of graphs with given girth, planar graphs, k‐colorable graphs, and k‐connected graphs, for example. Finally, these observations are employed to generate restricted classes of digraphs, notably acyclic digraphs and poset digraphs. The generation of poset digraphs is shown to supply a practical orderly method for producing a catalog of lattices. Similar observations concerning vertex addition generation methods allow one to improve on existing methods for the generation of catalog of interval and circle graphs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Graph Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geometry and Topology


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