A comparison of the Delsarte and Lovász bounds

A. Schrijver

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Delsarte's linear programming bound (an upper bound on the cardinality of cliques in association schemes) is compared with Lovacute{a}sz'stheta-function bound (an upper bound on the Shannon capacity of a graph). The two bounds can be treated in a uniform fashion. Delsarte's linear programming bound can be generalized to a boundtheta prime(G)on the independence numberpropto(G)of an arbitrary graphG, such thattheta prime(G) leq theta(G). On the other hand, if the edge set ofGis a union of classes of a symmetric association scheme,theta(G)may be calculated by linear programming, For such graphs the producttheta(G).theta(G)is equal to the number of vertices ofG.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-429
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1979


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