A new discrete Hopf-Rinow theorem

Autoren: Matthias Keller, Florentin Münch (2019)

We prove a version of the Hopf–Rinow theorem with respect to path metrics on discrete spaces. The novel aspect is that we do not a priori assume local finiteness but isolate a local finiteness type condition, called essentially locally finite, that is indeed necessary. As a side product we identify the maximal weight, called the geodesic weight, generating the path metric in the situation when the space is complete with respect to any of the equivalent notions of completeness proven in the Hopf–Rinow theorem. As an application we characterize the graphs for which the resistance metric is a path metric induced by the graph structure.

Discrete Mathematics

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