Discrete and metric divisorial gonality can be different

Josse van Dobben de Bruyn*, Harry Smit, Marieke van der Wegen

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This paper compares the divisorial gonality of a finite graph G to the divisorial gonality of the associated metric graph Γ(G,1) with unit lengths. We show that dgon(Γ(G,1)) is equal to the minimal divisorial gonality of all regular subdivisions of G, and we provide a class of graphs for which this number is strictly smaller than the divisorial gonality of G. This settles a conjecture of M. Baker [3, Conjecture 3.14] in the negative.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105619
Pages (from-to)1-19
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Theory. Series A
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • Chip-firing game
  • Finite graph
  • Gonality
  • Metric graph


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