By Kunio Murasugi

This ebook provides a extraordinary program of graph conception to knot concept. In knot concept, there are many simply outlined geometric invariants which are super 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 the following. This invariant, that's decided algorithmically, might be of specific curiosity to machine scientists.

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PRZYTYCKI properly chosen subgraph of H4 or H5. Fig. 5 is easy but tedious, we omit the details. §6 I n d e x of a reducible g r a p h In the final section of Chapter I, we will determine the index of a particular type of graphs, called reducible. This is one of a few classes of graphs for which their indices are described in a precise formula. 1 A connected plane graph G is called reducible if G has the following property. Let {-Do, -Di, • • •, Dn} be the set of domains in which R2 is divided by G, where Do is the unbounded domain.

Since Di is a link diagram, Ti is bipartite. If each Di is either a positive or negative diagram, then D is called a homogeneous diagram [C]. If a link admits a homogeneous diagram, it is called a homogeneous link. An alternating diagram is homogeneous, but not conversely. Now suppose D = D\ * D2 . 4 implies the following proposition. 2 Let D be a link diagram and D = Di * D2 . Then ind (Di * D2) — ind D\ + ind D2 . If D is a homogeneous diagram, then ind D = ind+D + ind^D. P r o o f If D is a homogeneous diagram, then D is written as Di • - • * Dp * D\ * • • • * Dln , where Di(i = 1,2, .