Γ-Species and the Enumeration of $k$-Trees

Andrew Gainer-Dewar

Abstract


We study the class of graphs known as $k$-trees through the lens of Joyal’s theory of combinatorial species (and a extension known as 'Γ-species' which incorporates data about 'structural' group actions). This culminates in a system of recursive functional equations giving the generating function for unlabeled $k$-trees which allows for fast, efficient computation of their numbers. Enumerations up to $k = 10$ and $n = 30$ (for a k-tree with $n + k − 1$ vertices) are included in tables, and Sage code for the general computation is included in an appendix.


Keywords


graph theory; combinatorial species; k-trees

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