Expander Families and Cayley Graphs

Expander Families and Cayley Graphs

A Beginner's Guide

eBook - 2011
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The theory of expander graphs is a rapidly developing topic in mathematics and computer science, with applications to communication networks, error-correcting codes, cryptography, complexity theory, and much more. Expander Families and Cayley Graphs: A Beginner's Guide is a comprehensive introduction to expander graphs, designed to act as a bridge between classroom study and active research in the field of expanders. It equips those with little or no prior knowledge with the skills necessary to bothcomprehend current research articles and begin their own research. Central to this book are four invariants that measure the quality of a Cayley graph as a communications network-the isoperimetric constant, the second-largest eigenvalue, the diameter, and the Kazhdan constant. The book poses andanswers three core questions: How do these invariants relate to one another? How do they relate to subgroups and quotients? What are their optimal values/growth rates? Chapters cover topics such as:DT Graph spectraDT A Cheeger-Buser-type inequality for regular graphsDT Group quotients and graph coveringsDT Subgroups and Schreier generatorsDT Ramanujan graphs and the Alon-Boppana theoremDT The zig-zag product and its relation to semidirect products of groupsDT Representation theory and eigenvalues of Cayley graphsDT Kazhdan constantsThe only introductory text on this topic suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students, Expander Families and Cayley Graphs requires only one course in linear algebra and one in group theory. No background in graph theory or representation theory is assumed. Examples and practice problemswith varying complexity are included, along with detailed notes on research articles that have appeared in the literature. Many chapters end with suggested research topics that are ideal for student projects.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780199767113
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: xxiv, 258 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Shaheen, Anthony
Alternative Title: Public Library Complete


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