An Independent Process Approximation to Sparse Random Graphs with a Prescribed Number of Edges and Triangles

29 Sep 2015  ·  DeSalvo Stephen, Rombach M. Puck ·

We prove a $pre$-$asymptotic$ bound on the total variation distance between the uniform distribution over two types of undirected graphs with $n$ nodes. One distribution places a prescribed number of $k_T$ triangles and $k_S$ edges not involved in a triangle independently and uniformly over all possibilities, and the other is the uniform distribution over simple graphs with exactly $k_T$ triangles and $k_S$ edges not involved in a triangle... As a corollary, for $k_S = o(n)$ and $k_T = o(n)$ as $n$ tends to infinity, the total variation distance tends to $0$, at a rate that is given explicitly. Our main tool is Chen-Stein Poisson approximation, hence our bounds are explicit for all finite values of the parameters. read more

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