Abstracts for the Seminar
 Discrete Geometry and Combinatorics
 Spring 2015

Speaker:  Eric Katz, University of Waterloo
Title: Hodge theory in combinatorics
Time: 2:30 PM, Monday, April 20
Place:  Malott 206

Abstract: Three important theorems in algebraic geometry, the hard Lefschetz theorem, the Hodge-Riemann bilinear relations, and the Hodge index theorem constrain the topology of algebraic variety. I will discuss two applications of these theorems to combinatorics: Stanley's g-theorem on the face numbers of polytopes and the Huh-Katz proof of the log-concavity of the characteristic of a representable matroid. I will try to find common ground between these theorems by relating them to Stanley-Reisner rings situate them in a broader combinatorial theory. I may also mention recent work with Karim Adiprasito and June Huh.

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