A new lower bound on graph gonality

Michael Harp, Elijah Jackson, David Jensen, Noah Speeter

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We define a new graph invariant called the scramble number. We show that the scramble number of a graph is a lower bound for the gonality and an upper bound for the treewidth. Unlike the treewidth, the scramble number is not minor monotone, but it is subgraph monotone and invariant under subdivision. We compute the scramble number and gonality of several families of graphs for which these invariants are strictly greater than the treewidth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-179
Number of pages8
JournalDiscrete Applied Mathematics
StatePublished - Mar 15 2022

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  • Chip-firing
  • Gonality
  • Treewidth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics


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