Probability and Combinatorics Seminar: The birth of the strong components

  • Date: –18:15
  • Location: Zoom, Password: first six digits of Pi after the decimal point.
  • Lecturer: Sergey Dovgal
  • Organiser: Matematiska institutionen
  • Contact person: Clément Requilé
  • Seminarium


It is known that random directed graphs D(n,p) undergo a phase transition around the point p = 1/n. Moreover, the width n^{-4/3} of the transition window has been known since the works of Luczak and Seierstad. In particular, they have established that as n → ∞ when p = (1 + μn^{-1/3})/n, the asymptotic probability that the strongly connected components of a random directed graph are only cycles and single vertices decreases from 1 to 0 as μ goes from −∞ to ∞.

By using techniques from analytic combinatorics, we establish the exact limiting value of this probability as a function of μ and provide more statistical insights into the structure of a random digraph around, below and above its transition point. We obtain the limiting probability that a random digraph is acyclic and the probability that it has one strongly connected complex component with a given difference between the number of edges and vertices (called excess). Our result can be extended to the case of several complex components with given excesses as well in the whole range of sparse digraphs.

Our study is based on a general symbolic method which can deal with a great variety of possible digraph families, and a version of the saddle-point method which can be systematically applied to the complex contour integrals appearing from the symbolic method. While the technically easiest model is the model of random multidigraphs, in which multiple edges are allowed, and where edge multiplicities are sampled independently according to a Poisson distribution with a fixed parameter p, we also show how to systematically approach the family of simple digraphs, where multiple edges are forbidden, and where 2-cycles are either allowed or not.

Our theoretical predictions are supported by numerical simulations when the number of vertices is finite, and we provide tables of numerical values for the integrals of Airy functions that appear in this study.

Joint work with Élie de Panafieu, Dimbinaina Ralaivaosaona, Vonjy Rasendrahasina, and Stephan Wagner.