Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by NCTM or The Math Forum.

Notice: We are no longer accepting new posts, but the forums will continue to be readable.

Topic: Re: [mg5156] Planar Graph Generation
Replies: 0

 Robert Pratt Posts: 56 Registered: 12/7/04
Re: [mg5156] Planar Graph Generation
Posted: Nov 7, 1996 12:43 AM

Are you looking for the finite planar graphs on a fixed number n of
vertices? Mathematica certainly has the tools, which are contained in
the standard package DiscreteMath`Combinatorica`. You can determine
if two graphs are isomorphic (using IsomorphicQ), whether a graph is
planar or not (using PlanarQ), and many other graph properties.
Theoretically, you could generate all graphs on n vertices (including
many that are isomorphic), keep only one from each isomorphism class, and
then determine planarity. Unfortunately, this approach is VERY slow
unless n is small. (You are starting out with 2^Binomial[n,2] graphs.)
If your n is small, the results are already well-known. Consult Harary's
classic text (Graph Theory, 1969) for a table of ALL graphs on at most 6
vertices. Selecting the planar ones should be straightforward. If you
have difficulty with any of them, you can input the graph into
Mathematica and apply PlanarQ.

Rob Pratt
Department of Mathematics
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 3250, 331 Phillips Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3250

rpratt@math.unc.edu

On Wed, 6 Nov 1996, Scott Guthery wrote:

> Anybody know a Mathematica technique to generate all finite planar graphs?
>
> Thanks, Scott
>
>
>