J-invariants of plane curves and framed chord diagrams

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Arnold defined J-invariants of general plane curves as functions on classes of such curves that jump in a prescribed way when passing through curves with self-tangency. The coalgebra of framed chord diagrams introduced here has been invented for the description of finite-order J-invariants; it generalizes the Hopf algebra of ordinary chord diagrams, which is used in the description of finite-order knot invariants. The framing of a chord in a diagram is determined by the type of self-tangency: direct self-tangency is labeled by 0, and inverse self-tangency is labeled by 1. The coalgebra of framed chord diagrams unifies the classes of J +-and J --invariants, so far considered separately. The intersection graph of a framed chord diagram determines a homomorphism of this coalgebra into the Hopf algebra of framed graphs, which we also introduce. The combinatorial elements of the above description admit a natural complexification, which gives hints concerning the conjectural complexification of Vassiliev invariants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalFunctional Analysis and its Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006


  • Chord diagram
  • Framed chord diagram
  • Framed graph
  • Hopf algebra of graphs
  • Invariant of finite order
  • J-invariant
  • Plane curve


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