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Usefulness of polynomial ideals for graphs

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ on $n$ vertices, one can associate to it the polynomial $f \in k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ given by $f = \prod_{\{i,j\}\in E}(x_i - x_j)$. Then one can map various graph properties into ...
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Cycling through the Zeta Garden: Zeta functions for graphs, cycle index polynomials, and determinants

Zeta functions abound in mathematics. Audrey Terras describes in Zeta Functions and Chaos three zeta functions--the zeta fct. of a projective non-singular algebraic variety; the Artin-Mazur zeta ...
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Are the zeros of Tutte polynomials dense in $\mathbb C^2$?

For the chromatic polynomials of graphs we have two nice theorems which describe the behavior of their zeros: Thomassen proved that the set of real zeros of all chromatic polynomials is the union of ...
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Polynomials in graphs

I have part of a physical simulation which I've realised can be modelled using a directed graph where each node is a polynomial. I then calculate this graph by functional composition and summing to ...
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Number of spanning forests in a graph

Hello, I have two questions that have been bugging me recently. The first is about the number of spanning forests in a graph and the second is about enumerating these with edge labels. Q1: I am ...