A quasi-tree expansion of the Krushkal polynomial

Clark Butler

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We introduce a generalization of the Krushkal polynomial to nonorientable surfaces, and prove that this polynomial has a natural quasi-tree expansion. This generalized Krushkal polynomial contains the Bollobás–Riordan polynomial of a (possibly nonorientable) ribbon graph as a specialization. The quasi-tree expansion proven here then extends the recent quasi-tree expansions of the Bollobás–Riordan polynomial deduced in the oriented case by A. Champanerkar et al. and in the more general unoriented case by E. Dewey and F. Vignes-Tourneret. The generalized Krushkal polynomial also contains the Las Vergnas polynomial of a cellulation of a surface as a specialization; we use this fact to deduce a quasi-tree expansion for the Las Vergnas polynomial.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalAdvances in Applied Mathematics
StatePublished - Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics


  • Partial duality
  • Quasi-trees
  • Ribbon graph polynomials


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