In combinatorics, an area of mathematics, **graph enumeration** describes a class of combinatorial enumeration problems in which one must count undirected or directed graphs of certain types, typically as a function of the number of vertices of the graph.^{[1]} These problems may be solved either exactly (as an algebraic enumeration problem) or asymptotically.
The pioneers in this area of mathematics were George Pólya,^{[2]} Arthur Cayley ^{[3]} and J. Howard Redfield.^{[4]}

## Labeled vs unlabeled problems

In some graphical enumeration problems, the vertices of the graph are considered to be *labeled* in such a way as to be distinguishable from each other, while in other problems any permutation of the vertices is considered to form the same graph, so the vertices are considered identical or *unlabeled*. In general, labeled problems tend to be easier.^{[5]} As with combinatorial enumeration more generally, the Pólya enumeration theorem is an important tool for reducing unlabeled problems to labeled ones: each unlabeled class is considered as a symmetry class of labeled objects.

## Exact enumeration formulas

Some important results in this area include the following.

- The number of labeled
*n*-vertex simple undirected graphs is 2^{n(n − 1)/2}.^{[6]} - The number of labeled
*n*-vertex simple directed graphs is 2^{n(n − 1)}.^{[7]} - The number
*C*of connected labeled_{n}*n*-vertex undirected graphs satisfies the recurrence relation^{[8]}

- from which one may easily calculate, for
*n*= 1, 2, 3, ..., that the values for*C*are_{n}

- The number of labeled
*n*-vertex free trees is*n*^{n − 2}(Cayley's formula). - The number of unlabeled
*n*-vertex caterpillars is^{[9]}

## Graph database

Various research groups have provided searchable database that lists graphs with certain properties of a small sizes. For example

## References

**^**Harary, Frank; Palmer, Edgar M. (1973).*Graphical Enumeration*. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-324245-2.**^**Kombinatorische Anzahlbestimmungen für Gruppen, Graphen und chemische Verbindungen. Acta Math. 68 (1937), 145-254**^**"Cayley, Arthur (CLY838A)".*A Cambridge Alumni Database*. University of Cambridge.**^**The theory of group-reduced distributions. American J. Math. 49 (1927), 433-455.**^**Harary and Palmer, p. 1.**^**Harary and Palmer, p. 3.**^**Harary and Palmer, p. 5.**^**Harary and Palmer, p. 7.**^**Harary, Frank; Schwenk, Allen J. (1973), "The number of caterpillars" (PDF),*Discrete Mathematics*,**6**(4): 359–365, doi:10.1016/0012-365x(73)90067-8.