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54) to interpret 2 − λ K (λ K being the largest eigenvalue of our graph) as quantifying how much is locally different from being bipartite, recalling that this quantity is 0 precisely if happens to be bipartite. In order to develop some intuition, we start with a bipartite graph 0 with M vertices. We consider a highest eigenfunction u¯ that is +1 on one class and −1 on the other class of vertices, as described above. In particular, 1 2 2 ¯ j) − u(k)) ¯ j∼k (u( ¯ 2 i n i u(i) = 2. 2 Graphs and Networks 27 We add another vertex i 0 and connect it to one of the edges of 0 .

Let us consider bipartite graphs in some more detail. We already noted above that on a bipartite graph, we can determine the highest eigenfunction u K explicitly, as ±1, being +1 on one set, −1 on the other set of vertices defining the bipartition. In fact, it is clear from that construction that this property is equivalent to the bipartiteness of the graph. Actually, if the graph is bipartite, then even more is true: Whenever λk is an eigenvalue, then so is 2 − λk . Since 0 is an eigenvalue for any graph, this criterion implies our observation that 2 is an eigenvalue.

2 Graphs and Networks 33 for any connected graph, when the weights bi are the vertex degrees n i . 69). 48), we always have λ1 → NN−1 , we see directly that h( ) → 2N . 48), and therefore, for non-complete graphs, we have the estimate h( ) → √ 2. 72) One can also think about the decomposition of a graph by removing vertices instead of edges. This issue is amenable to a similar treatment, and one can define a quantity analogous to h( ) that has the number of vertices whose elimination is needed to disconnect the graph in the numerator; see [28] for details.