Graph polynomials and their applications II: Interrelations and interpretations
Abstract
This paper surveys a comprehensive, although not exhaustive, sampling of graph polynomials with the goal of providing a brief overview of a variety of techniques defining a graph polynomial and then for decoding the combinatorial information it contains. The polynomials we discuss here are not generally specializations of the Tutte polynomial, but they are each in some way related to the Tutte polynomial, and often to one another. We emphasize these interrelations and explore how an understanding of one polynomial can guide research into others. We also discuss multivariable generalizations of some of these polynomials and the theory facilitated by this. We conclude with two examples, one from biology and one from physics, that illustrate the applicability of graph polynomials in other fields. This is the second chapter of a two chapter series, and concludes Graph Polynomials and Their Applications I: The Tutte Polynomial, arXiv:0803.3079
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 June 2008
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0806.4699
 Bibcode:
 2008arXiv0806.4699E
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Combinatorics;
 0502 (Primary) 05C90 (Secondary)
 EPrint:
 This is a preliminary version of the second of two book chapters for inclusion in a volume on graph structures