Moments in graphs
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Let G be a connected graph with vertex set V and a weight function that assigns a nonnegative number to each of its vertices. Then, the -moment of G at vertex u is de ned to be M G(u) = P v2V (v) dist(u; v), where dist( ; ) stands for the distance function. Adding up all these numbers, we obtain the -moment of G: This parameter generalizes, or it is closely related to, some well-known graph invari- ants, such as the Wiener index W(G), when (u) = 1=2 for every u 2 V , and the degree distance D0(G), obtained when (u) = (u), the degree of vertex u. In this paper we derive some exact formulas for computing the -moment of a graph obtained by a general operation called graft product, which can be seen as a generalization of the hierarchical product, in terms of the corresponding -moments of its factors. As a consequence, we provide a method for obtaining nonisomorphic graphs with the same -moment for every (and hence with equal mean distance, Wiener index, degree distance, etc.). In the case when the factors are trees and/or cycles, techniques from linear algebra allow us to give formulas for the degree distance of their product.
CitationDalfo, C.; Fiol, M.; Garriga, E. Moments in graphs. "Discrete applied mathematics", 2013, vol. 161, núm. 6, p. 768-777.