Matroids seminar

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The matroids seminar & reading group meets 10:00--10:45 on Fridays in Van Vleck 901 in order to discuss matroids from a variety of viewpoints. In particular, we aim to

  • survey open conjectures and recent work in the area
  • compute many interesting examples
  • discover concrete applications

We are happy to have new leaders of the discussion, and the wide range of topics to which matroids are related mean that each week is a great chance for a new participant to drop in! If you would like to talk but need ideas, see the Matroids seminar/ideas page.

To help develop an inclusive environment, a subset of the organizers will be available before the talk in the ninth floor lounge to informally discuss background material e.g., "What is a variety?", "What is a circuit?", "What is a greedy algorithm?" (this is especially for those coming from an outside area).

Organizers: Colin Crowley, Connor Simpson; Daniel Corey, Jose Israel Rodriguez

Daniel Corey
Thin Schubert cells

Tentatively, we will discuss thin schubert cells, their geometry, and maps between them in relation to faces of matroid polytopes. We will also give a statement of Mnev universality.

Vladmir Sotirov
is sick

Plague and pestilence!

The multivariate Tutte polynomial of a flag matroid

Flag matroids are combinatorial objects whose relation to ordinary matroids are akin to that of flag varieties to Grassmannians. We define a multivariate Tutte polynomial of a flag matroid, and show that it is Lorentzian in the sense of Branden-Huh '19. As a consequence, we obtain a flag matroid generalization of Mason’s conjecture concerning the f-vector of independent subsets of a matroid. This is an on-going joint work with June Huh.

The Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomial of a matroid

Classically, Kazdhan-Lusztig polynomials are associated to intervals of the Bruhat poset of a Coxeter group. We will discuss an analogue of Kazdhan-Lusztig polynomials for matroids, including results and conjectures from these two papers.

Colin Crowley
Matroid polytopes

We outline the original formulation of matroid polytopes as moment polytopes of subvarieties of the Grassmanian, following Combinatorial Geometries, Convex Polyhedra, and Schbert Cells.

Proving the Heron-Rota-Welsh conjecture

We outline the proof of the Heron-Rota-Welsh conjecture given by Adiprasito, Huh, and Katz in their paper Hodge theory for combinatorial geometries

1/25/2019 & 2/1/2019
Algebraic matroids in action

We discuss algebraic matroids and their applications; see Algebraic Matroids in Action.

Introduction to matroids

We'll cover the basic definitions and some examples, roughly following these notes.