Rota's conjecture and positivity of algebraic cycles in toric varieties

Rota's conjecture and positivity of algebraic cycles in toric varieties

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June Huh , University of Michigan
Fine Hall 322

This is a joint Algebraic Geometry / Discrete Mathematics seminar.  Rota's conjecture predicts that the coefficients of the characteristic polynomial of a matroid form a log-concave sequence. I will outline a proof for representable matroids using the Bergman fan. The same approach to the conjecture in the general case (for possibly non-realizable matroids) leads to several intriguing questions on higher codimension algebraic cycles in the toric variety associated to the permutohedron.