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Recently S. Chmutov introduced a generalization of the dual of a ribbon graph (or equivalently an embedded graph) and proved a relation between Bollobás and Riordan's ribbon graph polynomial of a ribbon graph and of its generalized duals. Here I show that the duality relation satisfied by the ribbon graph polynomial can be understood in terms of knot theory… (More)

In this paper, we extend the recently introduced concept of partially dual ribbon graphs to graphs. We then go on to characterize partial duality of graphs in terms of bijections between edge sets of corresponding graphs. This result generalizes a well known result of J. Edmonds in which natural duality of graphs is characterized in terms of edge… (More)

We find a number of new combinatorial identities for, and interpretations of evaluations of, the topological Tutte polynomials of Las Vergnas, L(G), and of and Bollobás and Riordan, R(G), as well as for the classical Tutte polynomial T (G). For example, we express R(G) and T (G) as a sum of chromatic polynomials, show that R(G) counts non-crossing graph… (More)

It is well known that a plane graph is Eulerian if and only if its geometric dual is bipartite. We extend this result to partial duals of plane graphs. We then characterize all bipartite partial duals of a plane graph in terms of oriented circuits in its medial graph.

We extend the Penrose polynomial, originally defined only for plane graphs, to graphs embedded in arbitrary surfaces. Considering this Penrose polynomial of embedded graphs leads to new identities and relations for the Penrose polynomial which can not be realized within the class of plane graphs. In particular, by exploiting connections with the transition… (More)

This paper is dedicated to the memory of Michel Las Vergnas in gratitude for not only so much beautiful mathematics, but also many instances of very kind and insightful correspondence. Abstract. The Las Vergnas polynomial is an extension of the Tutte polynomial to cellularly embedded graphs. It was introduced by Michel Las Vergnas in 1978 as special case of… (More)