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Perfect matchings and the octahedron recurrence. (English) Zbl 1119.05092
Author’s abstract: We study a recurrence defined on a three-dimensional lattice and prove that its values are Laurent polynomials in the initial conditions with all coefficients equal to one. This recurrence was studied by Propp and by Fomin and Zelevinsky. Fomin and Zelevinsky were able to prove Laurentness and conjectured that the coefficients were 1. Our proof establishes a bijection between the terms of the Laurent polynomial and the perfect matchings of certain graphs, generalizing the theory of Aztec diamonds. In particular, this shows that the coefficients of this polynomial, and polynomials obtained by specializing its variables, are positive, a conjecture of Fomin and Zelevinsky.

05C70 Edge subsets with special properties (factorization, matching, partitioning, covering and packing, etc.)
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