Illinois Journal of Mathematics

The dimensions of limits of vertex replacement rules

Michelle Previte

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Given an initial graph $G$, one may apply a rule $\R$ to $G$ which replaces certain vertices of $G$ with other graphs called replacement graphs to obtain a new graph $\R(G)$. By iterating this procedure on each resulting graph, a sequence of graphs $\{\R^n(G)\}$ is obtained. When the graphs in this sequence are normalized to have diameter one, questions of convergence can be investigated. Sufficient conditions for convergence in the Gromov-Hausdorff metric were given by J. Previte, M. Previte, and M. Vanderschoot for such normalized sequences of graphs when the replacement rule $\R$ has more than one replacement graph. M. Previte and H.S. Yang showed that under these conditions, the limits of such sequences have topological dimension one. In this paper, we compute the box and Hausdorff dimensions of limit spaces of normalized sequences of iterated vertex replacements when there is more than one replacement graph. Since the limit spaces have topological dimension one and typically have Hausdorff (and box) dimension greater than one, they are fractals. Finally, we give examples of vertex replacement rules that yield fractals.

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Illinois J. Math., Volume 51, Number 2 (2007), 513-536.

First available in Project Euclid: 13 November 2009

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Primary: 28A78: Hausdorff and packing measures
Secondary: 05C99: None of the above, but in this section 28A80: Fractals [See also 37Fxx]


Previte, Michelle. The dimensions of limits of vertex replacement rules. Illinois J. Math. 51 (2007), no. 2, 513--536. doi:10.1215/ijm/1258138427.

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