Random Structures & Algorithms

The genus of the Erdős‐Rényi random graph and the fragile genus property

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We investigate the genus g(n,m) of the Erdős‐Rényi random graph G(n,m), providing a thorough description of how this relates to the function m = m(n), and finding that there is different behavior depending on which “region” m falls into. Results already exist for and for , and so we focus on the intermediate cases. We establish that whp (with high probability) when n ≪ m = n1 + o(1), that g(n,m) = (1 + o(1))μ(λ)m whp for a given function μ(λ) when m∼λn for , and that whp when for n2/3 ≪ s ≪ n. We then also show that the genus of a fixed graph can increase dramatically if a small number of random edges are added. Given any connected graph with bounded maximum degree, we find that the addition of ϵn edges will whp result in a graph with genus Ω(n), even when ϵ is an arbitrarily small constant! We thus call this the “fragile genus” property.

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