# Complete bipartite graph

In the mathematical field of graph theory, a **complete bipartite graph** or **biclique** is a special kind of bipartite graph where every vertex of the first set is connected to every vertex of the second set.^{[1]}^{[2]}

Graph theory itself is typically dated as beginning with Leonhard Euler's 1736 work on the Seven Bridges of Königsberg. However, drawings of complete bipartite graphs were already printed as early as 1669, in connection with an edition of the works of Ramon Llull edited by Athanasius Kircher.^{[3]}^{[4]} Llull himself had made similar drawings of complete graphs three centuries earlier.^{[3]}

## Definition

A **complete bipartite graph** is a graph whose vertices can be partitioned into two subsets *V*_{1} and *V*_{2} such that no edge has both endpoints in the same subset, and every possible edge that could connect vertices in different subsets is part of the graph. That is, it is a bipartite graph (*V*_{1}, *V*_{2}, *E*) such that for every two vertices *v*_{1} ∈ *V*_{1} and *v*_{2} ∈ *V*_{2}, *v*_{1}*v*_{2} is an edge in *E*. A complete bipartite graph with partitions of size |*V*_{1}|=*m* and |*V*_{2}|=*n*, is denoted *K*_{m,n};^{[1]}^{[2]} every two graphs with the same notation are isomorphic.

## Examples

- For any
*k*,*K*_{1,k}is called a star.^{[2]}All complete bipartite graphs which are trees are stars. - The graph
*K*_{1,3}is called a claw, and is used to define the claw-free graphs.^{[5]} - The graph
*K*_{3,3}is called the utility graph. This usage comes from a standard mathematical puzzle in which three utilities must each be connected to three buildings; it is impossible to solve without crossings due to the nonplanarity of*K*_{3,3}.^{[6]}

## Properties

- Given a bipartite graph, testing whether it contains a complete bipartite subgraph
*K*_{i,i}for a parameter*i*is an NP-complete problem.^{[7]} - A planar graph cannot contain
*K*_{3,3}as a minor; an outerplanar graph cannot contain*K*_{3,2}as a minor (These are not sufficient conditions for planarity and outerplanarity, but necessary). Conversely, every nonplanar graph contains either*K*_{3,3}or the complete graph*K*_{5}as a minor; this is Wagner's theorem.^{[8]} - Every complete bipartite graph.
**K**_{n,n}is a Moore graph and a (*n*,4)-cage.^{[9]} - The complete bipartite graphs
**K**_{n,n}and**K**_{n,n+1}have the maximum possible number of edges among all triangle-free graphs with the same number of vertices; this is Mantel's theorem. Mantel's result was generalized to*k*-partite graphs and graphs that avoid larger cliques as subgraphs in Turán's theorem, and these two complete bipartite graphs are examples of Turán graphs, the extremal graphs for this more general problem.^{[10]} - The complete bipartite graph
**K**_{m,n}has a vertex covering number of**min**{*m*,*n*} and an edge covering number of**max**{*m*,*n*}. - The complete bipartite graph
**K**_{m,n}has a maximum independent set of size**max**{*m*,*n*}. - The adjacency matrix of a complete bipartite graph
**K**_{m,n}has eigenvalues √(*nm*), −√(*nm*) and 0; with multiplicity 1, 1 and*n*+*m*−2 respectively.^{[11]} - The laplacian matrix of a complete bipartite graph
**K**_{m,n}has eigenvalues*n*+*m*,*n*,*m*, and 0; with multiplicity 1,*m*−1,*n*−1 and 1 respectively. - A complete bipartite graph
**K**_{m,n}has*m*^{n−1}*n*^{m−1}spanning trees.^{[12]} - A complete bipartite graph
**K**_{m,n}has a maximum matching of size**min**{*m*,*n*}. - A complete bipartite graph
**K**_{n,n}has a proper*n*-edge-coloring corresponding to a Latin square.^{[13]}

## See also

- Crown graph, a graph formed by removing a perfect matching from a complete bipartite graph
- Complete multipartite graph, a generalization of complete bipartite graphs to more than two sets of vertices

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