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Simplicial generation of Chow rings of matroids

Algebra & Discrete Mathematics

Speaker: Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley
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Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Mon, Nov 18 2019, 12:10PM

Matroids are combinatorial objects that capture the essence of linear independence. We first give a gentle introduction to the recent breakthrough in matroid theory, the Hodge theory of matroids, developed by Adiprasito, Huh, and Katz. By combining two prominent approaches to matroids, tropical geometric and Lie/Coxeter theoretic, we give a new presentation for the Chow ring of a matroid that further tightens the interaction between combinatorics and geometry of matroids. We discuss various applications, including a simplified proof of the main portion of the Hodge theory of matroids. This is joint work with Spencer Backman and Connor Simpson.