In this paper, we study the discrimination power of graph measures that are based on graph-theoretical matrices. The paper generalizes the work of [M. Dehmer, M. Moosbrugger. Y. Shi, Encoding structural information uniquely with polynomial-based descriptors by employing the Randić matrix, Applied Mathematics and Computation, 268(2015), 164–168]. We demonstrate that by using the new functional matrix approach, exhaustively generated graphs can be discriminated more uniquely than shown in the mentioned previous work.
Citation: Dehmer M, Emmert-Streib F, Shi Y, Stefu M, Tripathi S (2015) Discrimination Power of Polynomial-Based Descriptors for Graphs by Using Functional Matrices. PLoS ONE10(10): e0139265. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0139265
Editor: Matjaz Perc, University of Maribor, SLOVENIA
Received: July 26, 2015; Accepted: September 10, 2015; Published: October 19, 2015
Copyright: © 2015 Dehmer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
Data Availability: Third-party data was obtained by using the free tool Nauty: https://cs.anu.edu.au/people/Brendan.McKay/nauty.
Funding: Matthias Dehmer thanks the Austrian Science Funds for supporting this work (project P26142). Yongtang Shi is supported by NSFC, PCSIRT, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Polynomial representations have been investigated extensively in several application areas such as mathematical chemistry, discrete mathematics etc., see [1–5]. Some of these polynomials have been used as counting polynomials . Another idea has been to define structural network measures based on the eigenvalues of graph polynomials, see [4, 6, 7]. A well-known example thereof is the Hosoya index  that has been defined by the coefficient of the so-called matching polynomial . Another example relates to define spectral-based graph measures [9, 10]. Dehmer et al.  also made a contribution in this area by studying graph measures based on the zeros of the so-called information polynomial. It has been also Dehmer et al.  who explored the discrimination power of these polynomial-based measures. This relates to study the ability of these descriptors to distinguish non-isomorphic graphs structurally.
The paper is a successor of . In , Dehmer et al. explored the discrimination of quantitative graph measures which are based on the eigenvalues of the Randić matrix. In this paper, we define a functional matrix that is more general than the Randić matrix. Therefore we expect an impact on the results when evaluating the discrimination power of the indices already used in  on exhaustively generated graphs. In fact, we find that by choosing a different structural setting than the one encoded by the Randić matrix, the proposed measures are even more unique than in .
Methods and Results
Novel Graph Measures Based on Complex Zeros
We use the idea of defining a matrix where its elements encode structural information as much as possible. For this, we use the information functional approach due to Dehmer . An information functional is a function that maps the vertices to the reals; note that several information functionals have been already defined and they have been proven useful for discriminating graphs uniquely or classifying graphs efficiently, see [12, 13]. Let G = (V, E) a graph. As in [6, 14], we define the graph descriptors based on the zeros of (1) where is the functional matrix defined by (2) As we can see, is based on using an information functional f and a function g composing f(vi) and f(vj), vi, vj ∈ V. The composition function g should be symmetrical, so the eigenvalues of Eq 1 are then real-valued. It is clear that is given by (3) We define the symmetric functions (4) (5) (6) and the information functionals . (7) (8) and (9) σ(vi) is the eccentricity of a vertex vi ∈ V , δ(vi) is the degree of vi ∈ V , and f3 is based in vertex spheres ; we have chosen the coefficients ck linearly decreasing like (10) Note that in case of using the matrix , we obtain the well-known Randić matrix  (11) This matrix has already been used when evaluating the discrimination power of the graph measures representing Eqs 12–14, see . Based on Eq 2, we see that g(f(vj), f(vj)) is taken into account and, hence, Eq 2 generalizes the Randić matrix. Therefore the here defined functional matrix enables us searching for cases where the functional matrix can encode structural information of graphs more uniquely than in case using the Randić matrix only, see .
Solving Eq 3, i.e., computing , we determine the non-zero roots .
In order to compare the new results with previous ones, we define as in  straightforwardly the following graph measures based on the zeros of : (12) (13) and (14)
To interpret the numerical results, we start with giving some technical preliminaries. Here we describe how we generate exhaustively generated trees and graphs. We use the tree classes Ti, 14 ≤ i ≤ 19 containing all non-isomorphic tress with i vertices. Ni, 5 ≤ i ≤ 9 are the set of all non-isomorphic graphs with i vertices. The sizes of these classes are depicted in corresponding tables. As in , we generated the graphs by employing the package Nauty by McKay  and implemented the graph measures Mi, 1 ≤ i ≤ 3 in R.
Now we start interpreting and discussing concrete numerical results; to do so, we start with trees. Tables 1–6 show the results when using g = g1 and f = f1, f2, f3. We see that given by the sum of the square roots of the roots of is highly unique on exhaustively generated trees. In most of the cases, this measure is fully unique (ndv = 0 and S = 0). Also, it is evident that the case f = f2, g = g1 and corresponds to the Randić matrix (see Tables 2 and 5 and ). We see that the cases g = g1 and f = f1, f3 give better results than in . An explanation for this could be the better coverage of the local topological neighborhood of a vertex by the information functional f = f1, f3. In case of f3, this seems very plausible as f3 captures the full neighborhood of each vertex by using j-spheres . In summary, all graph measures are highly unique on the chosen graph classes by using g = g1 and f = f1, f2, f3. However the results are even more striking when considering Tables 7–18. We see that the measures are more unique when using g = g2 and f = f1, f2, f3. It seems that g = g2 encodes/spreads its values more efficiently. This corresponds to an earlier finding due to Balaban et al.  where the descriptor was found to be highly unique; I1, …, In are topological indices. To study further details, see . In this light, the zeros of the graph polynomial given by Eq 1 can be interpreted as structural graph descriptors (or topological indices). In particular, we observe the high uniqueness of when considering g = g2, g = g3 and the graph classes T18 and T19. Also note that T19 contains more than 300.000 connected graphs with 19 vertices each. Clearly, these results outperform the ones obtained in .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f1, g = g1 and .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f2, g = g1 and .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f3, g = g1 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f1, g = g1 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f2, g = g1 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f3, g = g1 and .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f1, g = g2 and .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f2, g = g2 and .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f3, g = g3 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f1, g = g2 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f2, g = g2 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f3, g = g2 and .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f1, g = g3 and .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f2, g = g3 and .
|T14| = 3159, |T15| = 7741, |T16| = 19320, |T17| = 48629. Here we used f = f3, g = g3 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f1, g = g3 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f2, g = g3 and .
|T18| = 123867, |T19| = 317955. Here we used f = f3, g = g3 and .
As to the graphs, we look at Tables 19–21. We see that the results are shown for g = g1 and f = f1, f2, f3. The results for g = g2 and g = g3 are very similar and therefore they are not shown. We emphasize that most of the obtained results are much better than the ones in . In this paper, the lowest ndv-value for N9 achieved by using equals 8 (see Table 20); that means 99.9996% out of 261080 graphs could be discriminated uniquely. This is a striking result and outperforms all earlier results done by Dehmer et al. and co-workers, see, [4, 6, 19–22].
∣N6∣ = 112, ∣N7∣ = 853, ∣N8∣ = 11117, ∣N9∣ = 261080. Here we used f = f1, g = g1 and .
∣N6∣ = 112, ∣N7∣ = 853, ∣N8∣ = 11117, ∣N9∣ = 261080. Here we used f = f2, g = g1 and .
∣N6∣ = 112, ∣N7∣ = 853, ∣N8∣ = 11117, ∣N9∣ = 261080. Here we used f = f3, g = g1 and .
In comparison, the lowest ndv-value for N9 equals 126 which has been achieved in  by using the entropy-like measure . Finally, we see that the results we have obtained in this paper are in parts slightly better and outperform the previous approach by using the Randić matrix.
In this paper, we generalized the work done by Dehmer et al. . In , the eigenvalues of the Randić matrix have been used to define new quantitative network measures. A result of this work  was the high discrimination power of the measures on exhaustively generated networks. Note that the definition of Randić matrix comes from the famous Randić index [23, 24], from which some new invariants have been introduced, such as the Randić spectral  and the Randić energy .
Based on the construction of the functional matrix (see Eq 2), we have expected that the here proposed approach may be useful to discriminate graphs more efficiently than by using earlier methods, see, e.g., [4, 6]. From a mathematical point of view, this seems plausible as the involved information functionals f1, …, f3 encode structural information differently. In particular, f3 captures the full topological neighborhood of a vertex and, hence, it encodes structural information more efficiently than f1. This effect can be seen by the Tables 1–21. On top of that, the composite functions g1, …, g3 may optimize the spread of values of the involved information functionals. We therefore conclude that the ability how the final graph measure can discriminate graphs structurally also depends on the composite function g. In this case, evidence of this statement follows as we defined settings different from the Randić matrix, i.e., f = f2, g = g1 and finally .
Matthias Dehmer thank the Austrian Science Funds for supporting this work (project P26142). Yongtang Shi thank NSFC, PCSIRT, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation.
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