Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Dobson, Ted

Committee Member

McBride, Matthew

Committee Member

Fabel, Paul

Committee Member

Sivaraman, Vaidyanathan

Committee Member

Smith, Robert; Woody, Jon

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access



Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Mathematics and Statistics


It is known that a Cayley digraph of an abelian group A is isomorphic to a nontrivial wreath product if and only if there is a proper nontrivial subgroup B of A such that the connection set without B is a union of cosets of B in A. We generalize this result to Cayley digraphs of nonabelian groups G by showing that such a digraph is isomorphic to a nontrivial wreath product if and only if there is a proper nontrivial subgroup H of G such that S without H is a union of double cosets of H in G. This result is proven in the more general situation of a double coset digraph (also known as a Sabidussi coset digraph.) We then give applications of this result which include obtaining a graph theoretic definition of double coset digraphs, and determining the relationship between a double coset digraph and its corresponding Cayley digraph. We further expand the result obtained for double coset digraphs to a collection of bipartite graphs called bi-coset graphs and the bipartite equivalent to Cayley graphs called Haar graphs. Instead of considering when this collection of graphs is a wreath product, we consider the more general graph product known as an X-join by showing that a connected bi-coset graph of a group G with respect to some subgroups L and R of G is isomorphic to an X-join of a collection of empty graphs if and only if the connection set is a union of double cosets of some subgroups N containing L and M containing R in G. The automorphism group of such -joins is also found. We also prove that disconnected bi-coset graphs are always isomorphic to a wreath product of an empty graph with a bi-coset graph.