Complexes of Tournaments, Directionality Filtrations and Persistent Homology

Dejan Govc, Ran Levi* (Corresponding Author), Jason P. Smith

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Complete digraphs are referred to in the combinatorics literature as tournaments. We consider a family of semi-simplicial complexes, that we refer to as "tournaplexes", whose simplices are tournaments. In particular, given a digraph $\mathcal{G}$, we associate with it a "flag tournaplex" which is a tournaplex containing the directed flag complex of $\mathcal{G}$, but also the geometric realisation of cliques that are not directed. We define several types of filtrations on tournaplexes, and exploiting persistent homology, we observe that flag tournaplexes provide finer means of distinguishing graph dynamics than the directed flag complex. We then demonstrate the power of these ideas by applying them to graph data arising from the Blue Brain Project's digital reconstruction of a rat's neocortex.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-337
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of applied and computational topology
Early online date19 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Tournaments
  • Flag complex
  • Persistent homology
  • Digraph


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