mycielskian(G, iterations=1)[source]

Returns the Mycielskian of a simple, undirected graph G

The Mycielskian of graph preserves a graph’s triangle free property while increasing the chromatic number by 1.

The Mycielski Operation on a graph, \(G=(V, E)\), constructs a new graph with \(2|V| + 1\) nodes and \(3|E| + |V|\) edges.

The construction is as follows:

Let \(V = {0, ..., n-1}\). Construct another vertex set \(U = {n, ..., 2n}\) and a vertex, w. Construct a new graph, M, with vertices \(U \bigcup V \bigcup w\). For edges, \((u, v) \in E\) add edges \((u, v), (u, v + n)\), and \((u + n, v)\) to M. Finally, for all vertices \(u \in U\), add edge \((u, w)\) to M.

The Mycielski Operation can be done multiple times by repeating the above process iteratively.

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  • G (graph) – A simple, undirected NetworkX graph
  • iterations (int) – The number of iterations of the Mycielski operation to perform on G. Defaults to 1. Must be a non-negative integer.

M – The Mycielskian of G after the specified number of iterations.

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Graph, node, and edge data are not necessarily propagated to the new graph.