On the Number of Spanning Trees in Random Regular Graphs

Catherine Greenhill, Matthew Kwan, David Wind

Abstract


Let $d\geq 3$ be a fixed integer.   We give an asympotic formula for the expected number of spanning trees in a uniformly random $d$-regular graph with $n$ vertices. (The asymptotics are as $n\to\infty$, restricted to even $n$ if $d$ is odd.) We also obtain the asymptotic distribution of the number of spanning trees in a uniformly random cubic graph, and conjecture that the corresponding result holds for arbitrary (fixed) $d$. Numerical evidence is presented which supports our conjecture.

Keywords


spanning trees; random regular graphs; small subgraph conditioning

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