A Cantor-Bendixson Rank for Siblings of Trees

  • Davoud Abdi


Similar to topological spaces, we introduce the Cantor-Bendixson rank of a tree $T$ by repeatedly removing the leaves and the isolated vertices of $T$ using transfinite recursion. Then, we give a representation of a tree $T$ as a leafless tree $T^\infty$ with some leafy trees attached to $T^\infty$. With this representation at our disposal, we count the siblings of a tree and obtain partial results towards a conjecture of Bonato and Tardif.

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