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Shortest-Weight Paths In Random Regular Graphs

Consider a random regular graph with degree d and of size n. Assign to each edge an independent and identically distributed exponential random variable with mean one. In this paper we establish a precise asymptotic expression for the maximum number of edges on the shortest-weight paths between a fixed vertex and all the other vertices, as well as between any pair of vertices. Namely, for any fixed d >= 3, we show that the longest of these shortest-weight paths has about (alpha) over cap log n edges, where (alpha) over cap is the unique solution of the equation alpha log (d-2/d-1 alpha) -alpha = d-3/d-2 for alpha > d-1/d-2.


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