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Skein Relationship

A relationship between Knot Polynomials for links in different orientations (denoted below as $L_+$, $L_0$, and $L_-$). J. H. Conway was the first to realize that the Alexander Polynomial could be defined by a relationship of this type.

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See also Alexander Polynomial, HOMFLY Polynomial, Signature (Knot)

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