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Energy of inverse graphs of dihedral and symmetric groups
Journal of the Egyptian Mathematical Society volume 28, Article number: 43 (2020)
Abstract
Let (G,∗) be a finite group and S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}} be a subset of G containing its nonself invertible elements. The inverse graph of G denoted by Γ(G) is a graph whose set of vertices coincides with G such that two distinct vertices x and y are adjacent if either x∗y∈S or y∗x∈S. In this paper, we study the energy of the dihedral and symmetric groups, we show that if G is a finite nonabelian group with exactly two nonself invertible elements, then the associated inverse graph Γ(G) is never a complete bipartite graph. Furthermore, we establish the isomorphism between the inverse graphs of a subgroup D_{p} of the dihedral group D_{n} of order 2p and subgroup S_{k} of the symmetric groups S_{n} of order k! such that \(2p = n!~(p,n,k \geq 3~\text {and}~p,n,k \in \mathbb {Z}^{+}).\)
Introduction
Graph representation is one of the combinatorial properties used to understand some interesting properties of complex structures. It is a known fact that the beauties of some algebraic structures in mathematics remain hidden, not until the associated Cayley graphs of these algebraic structures (semigroups, groups, rings, etc.), began to gain the attention of researchers. Recently, Alfuraidan and Zakariya [1] introduced and studied the inverse graphs associated with finite groups. They established some interesting graphtheoretic properties of the inverse graphs of some finite groups which further shed more light on the algebraic properties of the groups. They established the interrelatedness between the algebraic properties of the finite groups and the graphtheoretic properties of the associated inverse graphs. The inverse graph was used to characterize some isomorphism problems of finite groups. In the same vein, Kalaimurugan and Megeshwaran [2] studied the magic labeling on the inverse graph. They considered a nontrivial abelian group A under addition and defined the Z_{k}magic labeling on inverse graphs from the finite cyclic group to be a graph G if there exists a labelling f:E(G)→A−{0} such that the vertex labelling f^{+}(v) given as \(f^{+}(v) = \sum _{uv \in E(G)} f(uv)\) taken over all edges uv incident at v is a constant. They noted that the corresponding constant, say x, is the Amagic value of the associated inverse graph.
On the other hand, Jones and Lawson [3] studied graph inverse of semigroups, generalized the polycyclic inverse monoids and further showed how the graph inverse play an important role in the theory of C^{∗}algebras. Their work was targeted at two main goals: first, to provide an abstract characterization of graph inverse semi groups; and second, to show how this graph may be completed under suitable conditions, to form what they called the CuntzKrieger semigroup of the graph. According to [3], this semigroup is the ample semigroup of a topological groupoid associated with the graph, and the semigroup analog of the Leavitt path algebra of the graph. Mesyan and Mitchell [4] studied the semigrouptheoretic structure of G(E). Specifically, they described the nonRees congruences on G(E) and showed that the quotient of G(E) by any Rees congruence is another graph inverse semigroup. They further classified the G(E) that have only Rees congruences and also found the minimum possible degree of a faithful representation by partial transformations of any countable G(E). Finally, they showed that a homomorphism of directed graphs can be extended to a homomorphism (that preserves zero) of the corresponding graph inverse semigroups if and only if it is injective. Very recently, Chalapathi and KiranKumar [5] investigated some properties of invertible graphs of finite groups, invertible graphs were defined, and some interesting results were established using finite group classification. For each finite group, the size, girth, diameter, clique number, and the chromatic number were obtained. Furthermore, they showed that the invertible graphs are weakly perfect and specifically, formulas for enumerating the number of edges in the invertible graph of the symmetric group, and dihedral group were derived. They also established the relationships among isomorphic groups, nonisomorphic groups, and their respective invertible graphs.
The notion of energy of graphs was introduced by Gutman [6] in an attempt to study electron energy in theoretical chemistry. In brief, Gutman [7] studied and outlined the connection between the energy of graphs and the total electron energy of a class of organic molecules. He also obtained the relationship between the energy of graphs and their corresponding characteristics polynomials. Furthermore, Gutman [7] established some nice properties of graph extremals with their respective energies. Since then, energies of several types of graphs have been studied extensively in the literature. For instance, Andrade et al. [8] introduced and studied the lower bound for the energy of a symmetry matrix partitioned into blocks. According to [8], this bound is related to the spectrum of its quotient matrix. They gave the lower bound for the energy of a graph with a bridge and also presented some computational experiments in order to show some cases where lower bound is incomparable with the known lower bound of \(2\sqrt {m}\) (where m is the number of edges of the graph). Fadzil et al. [9] used a specific subset S={b,ab,...,a^{n−b}b} for the dihedral groups of order 2n, where n≥3 to find the Cayley graph with respect to the set. They computed the eigenvalues and the energies of the respective Cayley graphs and further generalized the energy of the generating subset of the dihedral groups.
Energy of graphs has vast applications in mathematics and other areas of science such as physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, and biology, as well as in social science. For instance, combinatorial optimization can be studied using the energy of the graph of the adjacency matrix of an optimization problem. This helps to understand the partition problem of the associated adjacency matrix. Also, the energy of graph is applied to graph spectra in internet technologies, pattern recognition, and computer vision (see [10] for details). Since matrices are important structure in the field of complex networks, energy of graphs are considered in complex networks and social networks. In particular, networks that exhibit interesting topological characteristics. The concept of energy of graph is applied to egocentric network, which showed that the energy of the graph correlates to the vertex centrality measure (see [11] for details). In chemistry, energy of graph is applied to the theory of unsaturated conjugated hydrocarbons, known as the Huckel molecular orbital theory, while in physics, it is applied to a discrete model of membrane used to treat membrane vibration problem (see also [10] for details).
In this paper, motivated by the works of Alfuraidan and Zakariya [1], Gutman [7], and Fadzil et al. [9], we compute the energy of some inverse graphs which is the sum of the absolute values of the eigenvalues of adjacency matrices of their corresponding inverse graphs of finite groups. We study the energy of dihedral and symmetry groups and show that if G is a finite nonabelian group with exactly two nonself invertible elements, then the associated inverse graph Γ(G) is never a complete bipartite graph. Furthermore, we establish that the inverse graphs of the subgroup D_{p} of a dihedral group D_{n} of order 2p and the subgroup S_{k} of a symmetric groups S_{n} of order k! such that \(2p = n!~(p,n,k \geq 3~\text {and}~p,n,k \in \mathbb {Z}^{+})\) are isomorphic.
Preliminaries
We state some known and useful results which will be needed in the proofs of our main results and understanding of this paper. For the definitions of basic terms and results given in this section, see [1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 12, 21].
A graph Γ is an ordered triple (V(Γ),E(Γ),Ψ_{Γ}) consisting of a nonempty set of vertices V(Γ), a set E(Γ) of edges disjoint from V(Γ) and an incidence function Ψ_{Γ} that associates with each edge of Γ an unordered pair of (not necessarily distinct) vertices of Γ. If e∈E(Γ) and u,v∈V(Γ) such that Ψ_{Γ}(e) = uv, then e is said to join u and v; the vertices u and v are called the ends of e. The cardinality of V(Γ) and E(Γ) are called the order and size of Γ, respectively. The degree of a vertex u in a graph Γ denoted by δ(u) is the number of edges incident to it. A graph Γ is simple if it has no loops and no two of its links join the same pair of vertices. For the rest of this paper, our graph Γ is simple and undirected.
Definition 1
[5] Let (G,∗) be a finite group with the identity element e. Then, an element a∈G is called a self invertible element of G if a=a^{−1}, where a^{−1} is the inverse of a in G. The set of all self invertible elements of G and its cardinality are denoted by S^{′} and S^{′}, respectively.
Definition 2
[22, 23] Let N be a positive integer, a complete graph is a graph with N vertices and an edge between every two vertices. That is every vertex is adjacent to every other vertex. Consequently, if a graph contains at least one nonadjacent pair of vertices, then that graph is not complete. A complete graph is usually denoted by K_{N}.
Definition 3
[1] Let (G,∗) be a finite group and S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}} be a subset of G. The inverse graph Γ(G) associated with G is the graph whose set of vertices coincides with G such that two distinct vertices x and y are adjacent if and only if either x∗y∈S or y∗x∈S.
Remark 1
[1] Clearly, the identity e is a trivial selfinvertible element in a finite group G. Hence, e∉S. Consequently, the order of S is obviously less than the order of G. To be specific, if G contains no selfinvertible element besides the identity then ∣S∣=∣G∣−1
Example 1
[1] The graphs in Figs. 1 and 2 are the inverse graphs of the groups \((\mathbb {Z}_{3},+)\), S={1,2} and \((\mathbb {Z}_{5} \setminus \{0\},\ast)\), S={2,3} under the usual addition and multiplication, respectively.
Definition 4
[15] A bipartite graph is a graph with its set of vertices decomposed into two disjoint sets such that no two graph vertices within the same set are adjacent.
Theorem 1
[1] Let G be a finite abelian group with exactly two nonself invertible elements. Then, the associated inverse graph Γ(G) is complete bipartite.
Theorem 2
[12] Let Γ be a graph, the energy of Γ is never an odd integer.
Theorem 3
[13] Let a_{i} and b_{i} be two vectors in \(\mathbb {R}^{n}\). The CauchySchwartz inequality states that
Definition 5
[16] The dihedral group D_{n} is the group of symmetries of a regular polygon with n vertices. This polygon is seen as having vertices on the unit circle, with vertices labeled 0, 1,..., n−1 starting at (1,0) and proceeding counterclockwise at angles in multiples of 360/n degrees (that is, 2 π/n radians). There are two types of symmetries of the ngon, each one gives rise to n elements in the group D_{n}.

Rotations R_{0},R_{1},...,R_{n−1}, where R_{k} is rotation of angle 2πk/n where k={0,1,...,n−1}.

Reflections S_{0},S_{1},...,S_{n−1}, where S_{k} is a reflection about the line through the origin and making an angle of πk/n with the horizontal axis.
The group operation is given by the composition of symmetries: if a and b are two elements in D_{n}, that is to say, a∗b is the symmetry obtained by applying first a, followed by b. It is obvious that the following relations hold in D_{n}:
where 0≤i,j≤n−1, and both i+j and i−j are computed modulo n. It can be observed that R_{0} is the identity, \(R^{1}_{i} = R_{ni}\), and \(S^{1}_{i} = S_{i}\).
Theorem 4
[17] Let G=S_{n} be a finite group of order n, the adjacency spectrum of S_{n} = \(\{\sqrt {n1}, 0,..., 0,\sqrt {n1}\); where eigenvalue λ=0 has multiplicity (n−2).
Definition 6
[18] Let Γbe a graph with n vertices and m edges, A=[a_{i,j}] be the adjacency matrix for Γ and λ_{1},λ_{2},...,λ_{n} be the eigenvalues of A. The energy of graph Γ is defined as the sum of the absolute values of the eigenvalues of A. That is,
Definition 7
[17] Adjacency spectrum of a graph is the set of all n eigenvalues of the (n×n) adjacency matrix is denoted as {λ_{1},λ_{2},⋯,λ_{n}} where λ_{i}≥λ_{j} for ∀ i<j.
Main results
This section introduces the energy of the inverse graph of both the dihedral and symmetric groups. We begin with the following example of a dihedral group.
Example 2
Let D_{n} be the dihedral group of equilateral triangle, with vertices on the unit circle, at angles 0, 2π∖3, and 4π∖3. The matrix representation according to [16] is given by
and D_{3}={R_{0},R_{1},R_{2},S_{0},S_{1},S_{2}}. By Definition 5, we obtain the compositions of rotations and reflections of the equilateral triangle in the following table;
Also, from Definition 3 and to ease understanding, we rewrite the elements of D_{3} = {1,2,3,4,5,6} (where R_{0}=1,R_{1}=2,R_{2}=3,S_{0}=4,S_{1}=5 and S_{2}=6) and S={x∈D_{3}x≠x^{−1}} = {2,3}. Then, the associated inverse graph of D_{3} are the two disjointed graphs in the figure below.
From Fig. 3, we can draw the adjacency matrix of Γ(D_{3}) as follows:
To compute the eigenvalues of A, we compute the roots of the characteristics polynomial of A which is given as λ^{6}−5λ^{4}+6λ^{2}−2λ^{3}+4λ. The roots λ_{i} (i=1,2,...,6) of the polynomial is given as 0, 0, –1, 2, –\(\sqrt {2}\), and \(\sqrt {2}\). Hence, from Definition 6, the energy of the inverse graph of D_{3} is \(3+2\sqrt {2}\).
Theorem 5
Let G=D_{n} be the dihedral group of order 2n, where n≥3 and S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}} be a subset of D_{n}. Then, the energy \(\bar {E}\) of the inverse graph Γ(G) is given as \(3 + 2\sqrt {2} \leq \bar {E}(\Gamma (G)) < 2m \) where m is the number of edges in Γ(G).
Proof
Let G=D_{n} be the dihedral group of order 2n, where n≥3 and S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}}. Suppose Γ(G) is the inverse graph of the dihedral group with n vertices and m edges. Let A be the adjacency matrix of Γ with λ_{1},λ_{2},⋯,λ_{n} as its eigenvalues. Then, to obtain the bounds of the energy of our inverse graphs, we shall adopt the general form of energy of graphs (see Brualdi [20]) given as
Recall that, the inverse graph Γ of finite groups are simple graphs. Furthermore, they have no loops, and thus, the leading diagonals of the adjacency matrix A are 0s; therefore, the determinant of A; det(A)=0 then (1) becomes
Also, the energy of a graph is a function of both the vertex set and the edge set (see [20]). Therefore, \( \bar {E}(\Gamma (G)) \in \mathbb {R}^{+} \). And if (2) holds, then it is safe to write the following
And using the inequality property (if a≤b<c, then a<c) and we can write (3) as
Furthermore, since the least number n of D_{n} is 3, the lower bound is obvious from Example 2. Then, it is safe to write
(see Example 2), then combining (4) and (5), we can conclude that
□
Theorem 6
[19] Let G be a finite nonabelian group generated by two elements of order 2.Then, G is isomorphic to a dihedral group.
Theorem 7
Let G=D_{n} be the dihedral group of order 2n, where n≥3 and S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}} be a subset of D_{n}. Then, the inverse graph Γ(D_{n}) is never a complete bipartite graph.
Proof
Let G=D_{n} be the dihedral group of order 2n, where n≥3, S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}} and S⊆D_{n}. Suppose the inverse graph of D_{n} is bipartite for all n≥3, then the set of vertices V(Γ(D_{n})) can be partitioned into two sets, say V_{1} and V_{2} (the set of rotation of angle 2πk/n and the set of reflections about the line through the origin) and also, there exist two vertices u∈V_{1} and v∈V_{2} which are adjacent. But the dihedral groups are nonabelian and these disjoint partitions contain elements which are not commutative. Hence, by Definition 3, it is not possible for a v∈V_{1} and a u∈V_{2} to be adjacent. □
Corollary 1
Let G be a finite nonabelian group with exactly two nonself invertible elements. Then, the associated inverse graph Γ(G) is never a complete bipartite graph.
Proof
Let G be a finite nonabelian group with ∣S∣ = 2 and let the partition of the vertex set V(Γ(G))={V_{1},V_{2}}, where V_{1}={x∣x∈S} and V_{2}={y∣y∉S}. Suppose x,y∈V(Γ(G)) and for the pair x,y to be adjacent, x∗y will be an element in S But G is nonabelian and S contains only two elements. Then, obviously there is no any other element say z such that z=x∗y∈V_{1}. □
Remark 2
Let G=D_{n} be the dihedral group of order 2n with a non bipartite graph, then the adjacency matrix of G is nonsymmetric and the sum of the absolute value of the eigenvalues is not equal to zero.
Corollary 2
Let G be a finite nonabelian group with an even order n and S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}}. Then, the associated inverse graph Γ(G) of the group decomposes into two smaller disjoint subgraphs.
Proof
Let G be a nonabelian group of order n where n is even, S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}}. Suppose V_{1} and V_{2} are two disjoint vertex sets of G, where \(V_{1}(\Gamma (G)) = \{1, 2,..., \frac {n}{2}\}\), \(V_{2}(\Gamma (G)) = \{\frac {n}{2},..., n\}\). Note that, for x,y∈G to be adjacent, then x∗y or y∗x must be in S. However, G is nonabelian and obviously, not all x and y in G are commutative. To clearly show that there are two distinct vertex sets which are disjoint but forms the disjoint subgraphs, we will consider two cases.
Case (I), let x and y be two vertices in G, such that x∗y and y∗x are both in S, they might not necessarily be the same, but their is a common edge between x and y. This sets of vertices and edges form a part of the inverse graph Γ(G) that is connected.
Case (II), let x and y be two different vertices in G such that x∗y is in S but the converse y∗x is not in S, this set of vertices also form the second part of the inverse graph Γ(G) which is not connected. Thus, clearly, we can conclude that an inverse graph Γ(G) of a nonabelian group G with an even order n decomposes into two smaller disjoint subgraphs. □
Example 3
Let
be the symmetric group of order 6. By Definition 3, we obtain that
Since S={x∈Gx≠x^{−1}}, then the inverse graph Γ(S_{3}) of S_{3} is (Fig. 4)
Theorem 8
Let D_{p}⊆D_{n} be a subgroup of the dihedral group of order 2p and S_{k}⊆S_{n} be a subgroup of the symmetric group of order k!; k,p≥3 are positive integers which are not necessarily equal but 2p=k! and S={x∈D_{p},S_{k}x≠x^{−1}}. Then, the inverse graphs of D_{p} and S_{k} are isomorphic.
Proof
Let D_{p}⊆D_{n} be a subgroup of a dihedral group of order 2p and S_{k}⊆S_{n} be a subgroup of a symmetric group of order k!; k,p≥3 are positive integers which are not necessarily equal. Suppose 2p=k! and S={x∈D_{p} and S_{k}x≠x^{−1}}, it suffices to show that the inverse graphs of Γ(D_{p}) and Γ(S_{k}) are isomorphic then the finite groups D_{p} and S_{k} have the same adjacency matrix. If the order of ∣S∣=2 then by Theorem 6, it is obvious that D_{p} and S_{k} have the same adjacency matrix, but if ∣S∣≠2, then ∣S∣ = 1 or ∣S∣>2. If ∣S∣ = 1, then the relation Γ(D_{p})≃Γ(S_{k}) is trivial and we are left to show for when ∣S∣≥3. Suppose we claim that Γ(D_{p})≃Γ(S_{k}) when ∣S∣≥3, then we have to show a map ψ which is isomorphic on the two groups, we first show that ψ is an injection. So let x and y be two elements of D_{p} and let a and b be two corresponding vertices of Γ(D_{p}) if a and b are equal they must have the same effect on Γ(S_{k}). Check their effect on the identity vertex, a=a(e)=ψ(e)=b(e)=b clearly ψ(a)=ψ(b) shows the injection of the map ψ and a = b and the bijection is obvious. □
Consequently, we obtain the following remark from Theorems 5 and 8.
Remark 3
Let S_{k} be a subgroup of the symmetric group S_{n} (S_{k}⊆S_{n}), such that the inverse graph of S_{k}; Γ(S_{k})≃Γ(D_{n}), where D_{p} is a subgroup of D_{n} and \(k,\ p,\ n\in \mathbb {Z}\). Then, the energies \(\bar {E}(\Gamma (S_{k}))\) and \(\bar {E}(\Gamma (D_{p}))\) are equal.
Conclusions
This study has highlighted the energies of the dihedral and symmetric groups; clearly, we show that the energies of these groups are in this range \(3 + 2\sqrt {2}\leq \bar {E}(\Gamma (G)) < 2m\), though these energies might not necessarily be the same, because from Theorem 4 and Definition 7, this assertion is obvious. However, if we consider the energies of the subgroups D_{p} and S_{k} of the dihedral and symmetric groups such that 2p = n!, the energies are necessarily the same. Furthermore, the associated inverse graphs of the group D_{p}⊆D_{n}, with order 2p and S_{k}⊆S_{n}, with order k!) are isomorphic if 2p = n!. Further research is encouraged to find the energy of inverse graphs of finite groups in general.
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Ejima, O., AREMU, K.O. & Audu, A. Energy of inverse graphs of dihedral and symmetric groups. J Egypt Math Soc 28, 43 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42787020001018
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Keywords
 Inverse graphs
 Energy of graphs
 Eigenvalues
 Adjacency matrix
 Finite groups
 Graph of finite groups
2000 Mathematics Subject Classification
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 05C50