Quantum Continuants, Quantum Rotundus and Triangulations of Annuli
We give enumerative interpretations of the polynomials arising as numerators and denominators of the $q$-deformed rational numbers introduced by Morier-Genoud and Ovsienko. The considered polynomials are quantum analogues of the classical continuants and of their cyclically invariant versions called rotundi. The combinatorial models involve triangulations of polygons and annuli. We prove that the quantum continuants are the coarea-generating functions of paths in a triangulated polygon and that the quantum rotundi are the (co)area-generating functions of closed loops on a triangulated annulus.