Unsolved Problems in Virtual Knot Theory and Combinatorial Knot Theory
by R. Fenn, D.P. Ilyutko, L.H. Kauffman, V.O. Manturov
Publisher: arXiv 2014
Number of pages: 66
The purpose of this paper is to give an introduction to virtual knot theory and to record a collection of research problems that the authors have found fascinating. The second section of the paper introduces the theory and discusses some problems in that context.
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