On Networks with Order Close to the Moore Bound

Tuite, James and Erskine, Grahame (2022). On Networks with Order Close to the Moore Bound. Graphs and Combinatorics, 38(5), article no. 143.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00373-022-02535-6

Abstract

The degree/diameter problem for mixed graphs asks for the largest possible order of a mixed graph with given diameter and degree parameters. Similarly the degree/geodecity problem concerns the smallest order of a k-geodetic mixed graph with given minimum undirected and directed degrees; this is a generalisation of the classical degree/girth problem. In this paper we present new bounds on the order of mixed graphs with given diameter or geodetic girth and exhibit new examples of directed and mixed geodetic cages. In particular, we show that any k-geodetic mixed graph with excess one must have geodetic girth two and be totally regular, thereby proving an earlier conjecture of the authors.

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