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Keywords:

  • spanning trees;
  • (r, s)-semiregular graph;
  • line graph

Abstract

For a graph G, a “spanning tree” in G is a tree that has the same vertex set as G. The number of spanning trees in a graph (network) G, denoted by t(G), is an important invariant of the graph (network) with lots of decisive applications in many disciplines. In the article by Sato (Discrete Math. 2007, 307, 237), the number of spanning trees in an (r, s)-semiregular graph and its line graph are obtained. In this article, we give short proofs for the formulas without using zeta functions. Furthermore, by applying the formula that enumerates the number of spanning trees in the line graph of an (r, s)-semiregular graph, we give a new proof of Cayley's Theorem. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.