By Kunio Murasugi

This ebook offers a impressive program of graph conception to knot concept. In knot concept, there are various simply outlined geometric invariants which are tremendous tricky to compute; the braid index of a knot or hyperlink is one instance. The authors overview the braid index for lots of knots and hyperlinks utilizing the generalized Jones polynomial and the index of a graph, a brand new invariant brought right here. This invariant, that's made up our minds algorithmically, is perhaps of specific curiosity to computing device scientists.

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2 Any special diagram can be transformed flypes and obvious isotopy. into a nice special diagram by Tait 48 KUNIO MURASUGI AND J O Z E F H. PRZYTYCKI P r o o f A proof is seen from Fig. 2 below. • IT" 11 i i TAIT FLYPE V- —o>i Fig. 2. We may assume therefore that any special diagram is always nice. Let x and y be two vertices of a signed graph G . Denote by n+(x,y) and n _ ( x , y ) , respectively, the number of positive and negative edges connecting x and y . Let n(x,y) n+(x,y) h(x,y) + n_(x,y) and h(x, y) = n+(x, y) — rc_(a;,y) .

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