Lectures on topology of words
We discuss a topological approach to words introduced by the author in [Tu2]–[Tu4]. Words on an arbitrary alphabet are approximated by Gauss words and then studied up to natural modifications inspired by the Reidemeister moves on knot diagrams. This leads us to a notion of homotopy for words. We introduce several homotopy invariants of words and give a homotopy classification of words of length five.
Keywords and phrases:words curves homotopy
Mathematics Subject Classification (2000):57M99 68R15
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