Extremal problem on the number of tree endomorphism

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Author(s): Zhicong Lin
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Posted by: shudeshijie
on: March 1st, 2011
Conjecture   An endomorphism of a graph is a mapping on the vertex set of the graph which preserves edges. Among all the $ n $ vertices' trees, the star with $ n $ vertices has the most endomorphisms, while the path with $ n $ vertices has the least endomorphisms.


[BT] Bela Bollobas and Mykhaylo Tyomkyn, Walks and paths in trees, http://arxiv.org/abs/1002.2768.

* indicates original appearance(s) of problem.

the upper bound is proved

the upper bound is proved recently.


Asymmetric tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asymmetric_graph, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ad/Asymmetric_tree.svg) has single, trivial endomorphism.

Update: Sorry, I have confused endomorphism with automorphism.

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