On the Complexity of the Interlace Polynomial

Markus BläSer & Christian Hoffmann
We consider the two-variable interlace polynomial introduced by Arratia, Bollob`as and Sorkin (2004). We develop two graph transformations which allow us to derive point-to-point reductions for the interlace polynomial. Exploiting these reductions we obtain new results concerning the computational complexity of evaluating the interlace polynomial at a fixed point. Regarding exact evaluation, we prove that the interlace polynomial is #P-hard to evaluate at every point of the plane, except at one line, where it is...