Calculates the size of the largest maximal clique (the so-called clique number or maximum clique size) in a given undirected graph.
logical; if TRUE then the exact clique number is calculated; if FALSE then a lower bound is given instead.
logical; if TRUE a set of vertices forming a maximal clique of maximum size is returned; if FALSE only the maximum clique size is returned.
number of iterations to be employed in the calculation of
the lower bound (i.e., only applies when
show progress on calculations.
logical; if FALSE then the faster C implementation is used (default); if TRUE then only R code is executed.
The calculation of the clique number of an undirected graph is one of the basic NP-complete problems (Karp, 1972) which means that its computational cost is bounded by an exponential running time (Pardalos and Xue, 1994). The current implementation uses C code from the GNU GPL Cliquer library by Niskanen and Ostergard (2003) based on the, probably the fastest to date, algorithm by Ostergard (2002).
The lower bound on the maximum clique size is calculated by ranking the
vertices by their connectivity degree, put the first vertex in a set and
go through the rest of the ranking adding those vertices to the set that
form a clique with the vertices currently within the set. Once the entire
ranking has been examined a large clique should have been built and eventually
one of the largests ones. This process is repeated a number of times
approx.iter) each of which the ranking is altered with increasing
levels of randomness acyclically (altering 1 to $p$ vertices and again). Larger
approx.iter should provide tighter lower bounds although it has
been proven that no polynomial time algorithm can approximate the maximum
clique size within a factor of n^ε (ε > 0), unless P=NP
(Feige et al, 1991; Pardalos and Xue, 1994).
a lower bound of the size of the largest maximal clique in the given graph, also known as its clique number.
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