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# Certificates for properties of stability polynomials of graphs

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Mo, G Farr, Kerri MorganA stable (or independent) set is a set of vertices where no two of the vertices in the set are adjacent. The stability polynomial A(G; p) of a graph G is the probability that a set of randomly chosen vertices is stable where the probability of each vertex being chosen is p, with choices independent. This polynomial is analogous to the chromatic polynomial in a precise sense. This paper considers factorisation of sta- bility polynomials, following work by Morgan and Farr on factorisation of the chro- matic polynomial. The stability polynomial A(G; p) is said to have an s-factorisation with s-factors H 1 and H 2 if A(G; p) = A(H 1 ; p)A(H 2 ; p). This clearly occurs when G is a disjoint union of H 1 and H 2 . We find many other cases where such factorisation occurs even when G is connected. We find 152 different s-factorisations of connected graphs of order at most 9, and two infinite families. We introduce certificates of s-factorisation to explain s-factorisations in terms of the structure of G. Short certificates for s-factorisations of connected graphs of order at most 6 are found. Upper bounds for the lengths of the certificates of s-factorisations are given. We also use certificates to explain stability equivalence, when two graphs have the same stability polynomial. We give certifications of stability equivalence for two infinite families of graphs.