Threshold graph

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2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 05C [MSN][ZBL]

A finite unoriented graph $G=(V,E)$ with a weight function $w : V \rightarrow \mathbf{R}$ and a threshold value $T$ such that a set $S$ of vertices is independent (has no edges) if and only if $\sum_{v \in S} w(v) < T$. Each of the following properties characterises threshold graphs:

A graph $G$ is a threshold graph if and only if the graph complement $\bar G$ is a threshold graph.

There is a polynomial time algorithm for computing the Dilworth number of a finite graph and so for recognising a threshold graph.


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