### On Compact Symmetric Regularizations of Graphs

#### Abstract

Let $G$ be a finite simple graph of order $n$, maximum degree $\Delta$, and minimum degree $\delta$. A *compact regularization* of $G$ is a $\Delta$-regular graph $H$ of which $G$ is an induced subgraph: $H$ is *symmetric* if every automorphism of $G$ can be extended to an automorphism of $H$. The *index* $|H:G|$ of a regularization $H$ of $G$ is the ratio $|V(H)|/|V(G)|$. Let $\mbox{mcr}(G)$ denote the index of a minimum compact regularization of $G$ and let $\mbox{mcsr}(G)$ denote the index of a minimum compact symmetric regularization of $G$.

Erdős and Kelly proved that every graph $G$ has a compact regularization and $\mbox{mcr}(G) \leq 2$. Building on a result of König, Chartrand and Lesniak showed that every graph has a compact symmetric regularization and $\mbox{mcsr}(G) \leq 2^{\Delta - \delta}$. Using a partial Cartesian product construction, we improve this to $\mbox{mcsr}(G) \leq \Delta - \delta + 2$ and give examples to show this bound cannot be reduced below $\Delta - \delta + 1$.