> Another extension: can we guarantee a given order on the output stream? that it is uniformly random, for instance?
I think that this is a very interesting and open question! I have tried to generate a stream of k-cliques such that the order is random by modifying the kClist algorithm. But I was not able to do so.
I wanted to do that in order to optimize a function depending on the k-cliques using stochastic gradient descent. I have found that using a random ordering lead to a faster convergence than using the order the k-cliques are outputed by the kClist algorithm.
Here is what I've tried:
- If you have enough RAM, then you can of course store all k-cliques and do a [random permutation](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher%E2%80%93Yates_shuffle). But, since you mention "steam", I do not think that this is the case for you.
- You can use another node-ordering (different from the core-ordering) to form the DAG. You can use, for instance, a random node ordering. You may lose the theoretical upperbound on the running time, but you will see that, in practice, the algorithm is still very fast (say twice slower than with the core ordering (but this depends on the input graph and k, you may also find some settings where it is actually faster than with the core ordering)). The order the k-cliques are stream will then change, but it will not be uniform at random.
- Once you have formed the DAG using the node ordering (core ordering or any other ordering), you do not need to process the nodes in that same order. You can use another random ordering for that. It will add some randomness in the stream, but the order will still not be uniform at random.
Please let me know if you have any better ideas.

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