An Extension of the sl2 Weight System to Graphs with n≤8 Vertices
Chord diagrams and 4-term relations were introduced by Vassiliev in the late 1980. Various constructions of weight systems are known, and each of such constructions gives rise to a knot invariant. In particular, weight systems may be constructed from Lie algebras as well as from the so-called 4-invariants of graphs. A Chmutov–Lando theorem states that the value of the weight system constructed from the Lie algebra sl2 on a chord diagram depends on the intersection graph of the diagram, rather than the diagram itself. This inspired a question due to Lando about whether it is possible to extend the weight system sl2 to a graph invariant satisfying the four term relations for graphs. We show that for all graphs with up to 8 vertices such an extension exists and is unique, thus answering in affirmative to Lando’s question for small graphs.