A graph pebbling algorithm on weighted graphs

Nándor Sieben

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A pebbling move on a weighted graph removes some pebbles at a vertex and adds one pebble at an adjacent vertex. The number of pebbles removed is the weight of the edge connecting the vertices. A vertex is reachable from a pebble distribution if it is possible to move a pebble to that vertex using pebbling moves. The pebbling number of a weighted graph is the smallest number m needed to guarantee that any vertex is reachable from any pebble distribution of m pebbles. Regular pebbling problems on unweighted graphs are special cases when the weight on every edge is 2. A regular pebbling problem often simplifies to a pebbling problem on a simpler weighted graph. We present an algorithm to find the pebbling number of weighted graphs. We use this algorithm together with graph simplifications to find the regular pebbling number of all connected graphs with at most nine vertices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-244
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Graph Algorithms and Applications
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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