The d-dimensional rigidity matroid of sparse graphs

Bill Jackson, Tibor Jordán

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Let Rd (G) be the d-dimensional rigidity matroid for a graph G = (V, E). For X ⊆ V let i (X) be the number of edges in the subgraph of G induced by X. We derive a min-max formula which determines the rank function in Rd (G) when G has maximum degree at most d + 2 and minimum degree at most d + 1. We also show that if d is even and i (X) ≤ 1/2 [(d + 2) X - (2d + 2)] for all X ⊆ V with X ≥ 2 then E is independent in Rd (G). We conjecture that the latter result holds for all d ≥ 2 and prove this for the special case when d = 3. We use the independence result for even d to show that if the connectivity of G is sufficiently large in comparison to d then E has large rank in Rd (G). We use the case d = 4 to show that, if G is 10-connected, then G can be made rigid in ℝ3 by pinning down approximately three quarters of its vertices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-133
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Theory. Series B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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