A New Characterization of $\mathcal{V}$-Posets. (arXiv:1810.07276v1 [math.CO])

Recently, Misanantenaina and Wagner characterized the set of induced $N$-free and bowtie-free posets as a certain class of recursively defined subposets which they term "$\mathcal{V}$-posets". Here we offer a new characterization of $\mathcal{V}$-posets by introducing a property we refer to as \emph{autonomy}. A poset $\mathcal{P}$ is said to be \emph{autonomous} if there exists a directed acyclic graph $D$ (with adjacency matrix $U$) whose transitive closure is $\mathcal{P}$, with the property that any total ordering of the vertices of $D$ so that Gaussian elimination of $U^TU$ proceeds without row swaps is a linear extension of $\mathcal{P}$. Autonomous posets arise from the theory of pressing sequences in graphs, a problem with origins in phylogenetics. The pressing sequences of a graph can be partitioned into families corresponding to posets; because of the interest in enumerating pressing sequences, we investigate when this partition has only one block, that is, when the pressing 查看全文>>