Egbert Rijke: Enriched graphs with applications to organic chemistry and trees

Date of publication: 3. 5. 2023
Mathematics and theoretical computing seminar
Thursday
4
May
Time:
10:00 - 12:00
Location:
Jadranska 21, 3.07
Egbert Rijke: Enriched graphs with applications to organic chemistry and trees

Abstract: When we define a concept in univalent mathematics, we do so by defining the type of all objects in that concept. Furthermore, the univalence axiom can then be used to characterize the identity types of objects in that concept. In univalent combinatorics we seek to take advantage of the univalence axiom in order to count combinatorial objects up to isomorphism.

Sometimes, however, we want to break symmetries. For example, while a carbon atom in 3-space has four free electrons, its symmetry group is not the 4-th symmetric group but it is the 4-th alternating group. In this talk I will present the notion of enriched undirected graphs, where graphs are enriched with further structure that can be used to break the symmetries of odd sign on a carbon atom.

I will show how the notion of enriched undirected graphs can be used to define the type of hydrocarbons in univalent mathematics. The same idea of enrichment can be used to directed graphs and we will show that elements of W-types are precisely such enriched trees.