Seminar Event Detail


Date:  Friday, February 19, 2016
Location:  4088 East Hall (3:10 PM to 4:00 PM)

Title:  Sign variation, the Grassmannian, and total positivity

Abstract:   The totally nonnegative Grassmannian is the set of k-dimensional subspaces of R^n whose nonzero Pluecker coordinates all have the same sign. Gantmakher and Krein (1950) showed that a k-dimensional subspace is totally nonnegative if and only if every vector in it, when viewed as a sequence of n numbers and ignoring any zeros, changes sign at most k-1 times. I will present a generalization of this result, which characterizes when the vectors in a subspace change sign at most m times in terms of sign changes of certain sequences of Plucker coordinates. I will also discuss an application to the problem of defining amplituhedra and Grassmann polytopes, in the sense of Arkani-Hamed and Trnka (2013) and Lam (2015).


Speaker:  Steven Karp
Institution:  UC Berkeley

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