We had a seminar on Gauss words yesterday, and the speaker brought up the fact that there are relatively few cases where the Gauss word could not be reduced to the trivial word. My question is, if the Gausss words can so often be reduced to the trivial word, how is that a good thing? At the least, how is that not a bad thing? Why do we even consider them?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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# Gauss words, knot invariants

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