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K polynomials and matroids

Andrew Berget, Western Washington University
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 3:30pm
PDL C-401
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Our motivation comes from the well known fact that a wedge (exterior product) of vectors is zero if and only if the vectors involved are linearly dependent. We generalize this to vanishing of symmetrized tensors which has a surprising connection to matroids and a variety which we call a matrix orbit closure. This is the closure of those matrices obtained from a fixed matrix M by performing row operations and column scalings to M. I will present an explicit combinatorial formula for the K-polynomial of a matrix orbit closure and discuss some interesting combinatorial problems the formula gives rise to. This is joint work with Alex Fink.

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