Independence Complexes of Well-Covered Circulant Graphs Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We study the independence complexes of families of well-covered circulant graphs discovered by Boros-Gurvich-Milani\v{c}, Brown-Hoshino, and Moussi. Because these graphs are well-covered, their independence complexes are pure simplicial complexes. We determine when these pure complexes have extra combinatorial (e.g. vertex decomposable, shellable) or topological (e.g. Cohen-Macaulay, Buchsbaum) structure. We also provide a table of all well-covered circulant graphs on 16 or less vertices, and for each such graph, determine if it is vertex decomposable, shellable, Cohen-Macaulay, and/or Buchsbaum. A highlight of this search is an example of a graph whose independence complex is shellable but not vertex decomposable.

publication date

  • October 2016