Picture of a black hole

Strathclyde Open Access research that creates ripples...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde's Open Access research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of research papers by University of Strathclyde researchers, including by Strathclyde physicists involved in observing gravitational waves and black hole mergers as part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) - but also other internationally significant research from the Department of Physics. Discover why Strathclyde's physics research is making ripples...

Strathprints also exposes world leading research from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, and from the Strathclyde Business School.

Discover more...

Discovering near symmetry in graphs

Fox, M. and Long, D. and Porteous, J. (2007) Discovering near symmetry in graphs. In: Proceedings of AAAI 2007. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. ISBN 978-1-57735-323-2

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

Symmetry is a widespread phenomenon that can offer opportunities for powerful exploitation in areas as diverse as molecular chemistry, pure mathematics, circuit design, biology and architecture. Graphs are an abstract way to represent relational structures. The search for symmetry in many contexts can thus be reduced to the attempt to find graph automorphisms. Brendan McKay's NAUTY system (McKay 1990) is an example of one of the highly successful products of research into this task. Erd˝os and R´enyi showed that almost all large graphs are asymmetric, but it is readily observed that many graphs representing structures of real interest contain symmetry. Even more graphs are nearly symmetric, in the sense that to each graph there is a closely similar graph that is symmetric. In this paper we explore the problem of finding near symmetries in graphs and describe the techniques we are developing for performing this task.