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Listing Degree Restricted Trees

Although stack overflow is generally just an endless source of questions on the lines of "HALP plz give CODES!? ... NOT homeWORK!! - don't close :(" occasionally you get more interesting ones. For example this one that asks about degree-restricted trees. Also there's some stuff about vertex labelling, but I think I've slightly missed something there.

In any case, lets look at the simpler problem : listing non-isomorphic trees with max degree 3. It's a nice small example of a general approach that I've been thinking about. The idea is to:
  1. Given N vertices, partition 2(N - 1) into N parts of at most 3 -> D = {d0, d1, ... }
  2. For each d_i in D, connect the degrees in all possible ways that make trees.
  3. Filter out duplicates within each set generated by some d_i.
Hmm. Sure would be nice to have maths formatting on blogger....

Anyway, look at this example for partitioning 12 into 7 parts:

At the top are the partitions, in the middle the trees (colored by degree) and at the bottom the desired output of "lattice-trees" (a kind of polyomino, apparently). I should really have a consistent degree color scheme...

Anyway, it's probably not the neatest approach for this particular problem, but I think it would work. Since the number of trees generated from each degree sequence is only a fraction of the space, it seems reasonable to do all-v-all checking for isomorphism in this case.

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