Applications of Combinatorial Matrix Theory to Laplacian Matrices of Graphs

Jason J. Molitierno


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January 25, 2012 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Reference - 425 Pages - 226 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439863374 - CAT# K12933
Series: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications

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  • Consolidates the important papers on Laplacian matrices into one succinct source
  • Includes enhanced proofs to reach a wider audience
  • Gives clear examples to illustrate each theorem and calculations
  • Contains several "excursion sections" and "application sections" which show interesting applications of the material presented


On the surface, matrix theory and graph theory seem like very different branches of mathematics. However, adjacency, Laplacian, and incidence matrices are commonly used to represent graphs, and many properties of matrices can give us useful information about the structure of graphs.

Applications of Combinatorial Matrix Theory to Laplacian Matrices of Graphs is a compilation of many of the exciting results concerning Laplacian matrices developed since the mid 1970s by well-known mathematicians such as Fallat, Fiedler, Grone, Kirkland, Merris, Mohar, Neumann, Shader, Sunder, and more. The text is complemented by many examples and detailed calculations, and sections followed by exercises to aid the reader in gaining a deeper understanding of the material. Although some exercises are routine, others require a more in-depth analysis of the theorems and ask the reader to prove those that go beyond what was presented in the section.

Matrix-graph theory is a fascinating subject that ties together two seemingly unrelated branches of mathematics. Because it makes use of both the combinatorial properties and the numerical properties of a matrix, this area of mathematics is fertile ground for research at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. This book can serve as exploratory literature for the undergraduate student who is just learning how to do mathematical research, a useful "start-up" book for the graduate student beginning research in matrix-graph theory, and a convenient reference for the more experienced researcher.