Vertex degree


context $G=\langle V,E,\psi\rangle$ … undirected graph
definiendum $ \mathrm{dom}\ d = V $
range $ u,v\in V, u\neq v $
range $ e\in E $
definiendum $ d(v):=\left|\{e\ |\ \exists u.\ \psi(e)=\{u,v\}\}+2\ \mathrm{card} \{e\ |\ \psi(e)=\{v,v\}\}\right| $


The value $d_G(v)$ is the number of neighbours of $v$ with loops counted twice.

It is also equal to the sum over the $v$-row or $v$-column of the adjacency matrix of the graph.


  • Because each edge connects two vertices, the number of vertices with odd degree is even, and then so is the sum over all degrees. I.e.

$\left| \{v\ |\ d(v)...\mathrm{odd}\} \right|$ … even

$\sum_{v\in V}d(v)$ … even

$\mathrm{tr}\ A^2=\sum_k(\sum_i A_i^k A_k^i)=\sum_i(\sum_k \delta_{i\ \mathrm{connected\ to }\ k})=d(v_i)$

This also works with $MM^t$, where $M$ is the incidence matrix.



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