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Subalgebras and ideals of algebra of Vassiliev invariants

Let $\mathcal{K}$ be the commutative monoid whose elements are (isotopy) equivalence classes of knots with composition under the connected knot sum, and $\mathbb{Z}\mathcal{K}$ be the corresponding ...
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Torsion in chord diagrams for 2-string links?

The abelian group of $k$-chord diagrams on a skeleton of two directed line segments (modulo the STU relation), $\mathcal A_k(\uparrow\uparrow)$, is known to have $2$-torsion when $k=5$. In fact, I ...
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Lie algebra automorphisms and detecting knot orientation by Vassiliev invariants

Recall that there are knots in $\mathbf{R}^3$ that are not invertible, i.e. not isotopic to themselves with the orientation reversed. However, it is not easy to tell whether or not a given knot is ...