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Density of Zeros of the Tutte Polynomial

Research paper by Seongmin Ok, Thomas J. Perrett

Indexed on: 31 Aug '16Published on: 31 Aug '16Published in: arXiv - Mathematics - Combinatorics



Abstract

The Tutte polynomial of a graph is a two-variable polynomial whose zeros and evaluations encode many interesting properties of the graph. In this article we investigate the zeros of the Tutte polynomials of graphs, and show that they form a dense subset of certain regions of the plane. This is the first density result for the zeros of the Tutte polynomial in a region of positive volume. Our result almost confirms a conjecture of Jackson and Sokal except for one region which is related to an open problem on flow polynomials.