Backman, Spencer and Hopkins, Sam and Traldi, Lorenzo - Fourientation activities and the Tutte polynomial

dmtcs:6324 - Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science, April 22, 2020, DMTCS Proceedings, 28th International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC 2016)
Fourientation activities and the Tutte polynomial

Authors: Backman, Spencer and Hopkins, Sam and Traldi, Lorenzo

A fourientation of a graph G is a choice for each edge of the graph whether to orient that edge in either direction, leave it unoriented, or biorient it. We may naturally view fourientations as a mixture of subgraphs and graph orientations where unoriented and bioriented edges play the role of absent and present subgraph edges, respectively. Building on work of Backman and Hopkins (2015), we show that given a linear order and a reference orientation of the edge set, one can define activities for fourientations of G which allow for a new 12 variable expansion of the Tutte polynomial TG. Our formula specializes to both an orientation activities expansion of TG due to Las Vergnas (1984) and a generalized activities expansion of TG due to Gordon and Traldi (1990).


Volume: DMTCS Proceedings, 28th International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC 2016)
Published on: April 22, 2020
Submitted on: July 4, 2016
Keywords: [MATH.MATH-CO]Mathematics [math]/Combinatorics [math.CO]


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