The connectivity of graphs of graphs with self-loops and a given degree sequence

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'Double edge swaps' transform one graph into another while preserving the graph's degree sequence, and have thus been used in a number of popular Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling techniques. However, while double edge-swaps can transform, for any fixed degree sequence, any two graphs inside the classes of simple graphs, multigraphs and pseudographs, this is not true for graphs which allow self-loops but not multiedges (loopy graphs). Indeed, we exactly characterize the degree sequences where double edge swaps cannot reach every valid loopy graph and develop an efficient algorithm to determine such degree sequences. The same classification scheme to characterize degree sequences can be used to prove that, for all degree sequences, loopy graphs are connected by a combination of double and triple edge swaps. Thus, we contribute the first MCMC sampler that, asymptotically, uniformly samples loopy graphs with any given sequence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-947
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Complex Networks
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Configuration model
  • Double-edge swaps
  • Graph sampling
  • MCMC
  • Self-loops

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Optimization
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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