How to Generate Random Connected Graphs

Revision en1, by upobir, 2020-05-26 16:23:39

As the title says, I wanna generate random graphs that are connected. Now there are some details herr, obviously I want the graph to have $n$ nodes which is predetermined. Something else that arises in competitive programming is that the graph should have $m$ edges(also predetermined). Now how does one do that in an intelligent way.

Now I have done a little bit of googling, and ut seems there are no 'Good' way of getting a perfectly 'random' such graph i.e. pick one uniformly from all graphs with n nodes and m edges. But that's okay an approximately random is also good.

One way I have considered is make a spanning tree first then add extra edges. But this has horrible bias for certain graphs. For example for $n$ node $n$ edge graph, a cycle graph $(1-2-3-...-n-1)$ is $\frac{n}{3}$ times more likely than path $(1-2-3-4-...-n)$ + edge $(1-3)$. So what process can be a good choice?

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