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Testing Bi-orderability of Knot Groups

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 November 2018

Adam Clay
Department of Mathematics, 420 Machray Hall, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 e-mail: e-mail:
Colin Desmarais
Department of Mathematics, 420 Machray Hall, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 e-mail: e-mail:
Patrick Naylor
Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1 e-mail:
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We investigate the bi-orderability of two-bridge knot groups and the groups of knots with 12 or fewer crossings by applying recent theorems of Chiswell, Glass and Wilson. Amongst all knots with 12 or fewer crossings (of which there are 2977), previous theorems were only able to determine bi-orderability of 499 of the corresponding knot groups. With our methods we are able to deal with 191 more.

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