Math 669: Combinatorial Matrix Theory

Winter 2019

Course meets: TuTh 1:00-2:20, 3096 East Hall.

Instructor: Sergey Fomin, 4868 East Hall, 764-6297,

Grader: Shiliang Gao,

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Level: introductory graduate.

Student work expected: several problem sets.

Synopsis: This is an introductory graduate course in Combinatorial Matrix Theory, emphasizing its algebraic aspects.

Tentative list of topics: Combinatorial techniques in linear algebra. Applications of linear algebra in enumerative combinatorics. Special classes of matrices. Determinantal identities. Matroids and projective geometry. Grassmannians and Schubert varieties. Polynomials with real roots. Total positivity.

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