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Christoffel–Darboux Type Identities for the Independence Polynomial

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In this paper we introduce some Christoffel–Darboux type identities for independence polynomials. As an application, we give a new proof of a theorem of Chudnovsky and Seymour, which states that the independence polynomial of a claw-free graph has only real roots. Another application is related to a conjecture of Merrifield and Simmons.

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Combinatorics, Probability and Computing
  • ISSN: 0963-5483
  • EISSN: 1469-2163
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