Evaluate Winding Numbers Through Cauchy Indices

Wenda Li

17 October 2017

Abstract

In complex analysis, the winding number measures the number of times a path (counterclockwise) winds around a point, while the Cauchy index can approximate how the path winds. This entry provides a formalisation of the Cauchy index, which is then shown to be related to the winding number. In addition, this entry also offers a tactic that enables users to evaluate the winding number by calculating Cauchy indices.
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