Efficiently sampling the realizations of bounded, irregular degree sequences of bipartite and directed graphs

Péter L. Erdős, Tamás Róbert Mezei, István Miklós, Dániel Soltész

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Abstract

Since 1997 a considerable effort has been spent on the study of the swap (switch) Markov chains on graphic degree sequences. All of these results assume some kind of regularity in the corresponding degree sequences. Recently, Greenhill and Sfragara published a breakthrough paper about irregular normal and directed degree sequences for which rapid mixing of the swap Markov chain is proved. In this paper we present two groups of results. An example from the first group is the following theorem: let ~d be a directed degree sequence on n vertices. Denote by Δ the maximum value among all in- and out-degrees and denote by j~Ej the number of edges in the realization. Assume furthermore that D <p1ffiffi 2> j~Ej 4. Then the swap Markov chain on the realizations of ~d is rapidly mixing. This result is a slight improvement on one of the results of Greenhill and Sfragara. An example from the second group is the following: let d be a bipartite degree sequence on the vertex set U ] V, and let 0 < c1 c2 < |U| and 0 < d1 d2 < |V| be integers, where c1 d(v) c2: 8v 2 V and d1 d(u) d2: 8u 2 U. Furthermore assume that (c2 − c1 − 1)(d2 − d1 − 1) < max {c1(|V| − d2), d1(|U| − c2)}. Then the swap Markov chain on the realizations of d is rapidly mixing. A straightforward application of this latter result shows that when a random bipartite or directed graph is generated under the Erdős—Rényi G(n, p) model with mild assumptions on n and p then the degree sequence of the generated graph has, with high probability, a rapidly mixing swap Markov chain on its realizations. no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0201995
JournalPloS one
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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