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Mathematics of Computation

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Computing boundary slopes of 2-bridge links
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Math. Comp. 76 (2007), 1521-1545 Request permission


We describe an algorithm for computing boundary slopes of 2-bridge links. As an example, we work out the slopes of the links obtained by $1/k$ surgery on one component of the Borromean rings. A table of all boundary slopes of all 2-bridge links with 10 or less crossings is also included.
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  • Jim Hoste
  • Affiliation: Pitzer College, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, California 91711
  • MR Author ID: 88610
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  • Patrick D. Shanahan
  • Affiliation: Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
  • MR Author ID: 537475
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  • Received by editor(s): May 24, 2005
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: March 31, 2006
  • Published electronically: March 12, 2007
  • © Copyright 2007 American Mathematical Society
    The copyright for this article reverts to public domain 28 years after publication.
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 76 (2007), 1521-1545
  • MSC (2000): Primary 57M25
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  • MathSciNet review: 2299787