Title: Arrangements, matroids, and CSM classes
Speaker: Graham Denham (Western University)
Abstract: The maximal likelihood variety of a complex hyperplane arrangement describes the set of critical points of all rational functions with poles and zeros on the arrangement. This variety's bidegree encodes the h-vector of the underlying matroid's broken circuit complex. I will describe work-in-progress with Federico Ardila and June Huh that constructs a tropical version of the maximal likelihood variety. This sheds some new light on the tropical characteristic classes of López de Medrano, Rincón, and Shaw, as well as on the h-vector of the broken circuit complex of an arbitrary matroid.
Seminar URL: https://research.math.osu.edu/agseminar/