Commutative Algebra Seminar Fall 2018

Commutative Algebra Seminar meets on Thursday 1:25-2:15 in Ford 170.


Date Speaker Title
Sept 20 Jay Yang Random Monomial Ideals
Oct 18 Mahrud Sayrafi Computations in Local Rings using Macaulay2
Nov 29 Victor Reiner On invariant theory for "coincidental" reflection groups


Random Monomial Ideals

I will discuss the contents of my joint paper with Daniel Erman, Random Flag Complexes and Asymptotic Syzygies. In this paper we use the Stanley-Reisner ideals of random flag complexes to construct new examples of Ein and Lazarsfeld's non-vanishing for asymptotic syzygies, and of Ein, Erman, and Lazarsfeld's conjecture on the asymptotic normal distribution of Betti numbers. I will also discuss some work in progress related to the Random Monomial Ideals paper by De Loera, Petrovic, Silverstein, Stasi, and Wilburne.

Computations in Local Rings using Macaulay2

Local rings are ubiquitous in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. In this talk I will describe two avenues for computing in local rings with respect to prime ideals, first using the associated graded algebra and then using only Nakayama's lemma. Time permitting, I will demonstrate various examples and applications, such as computing the Hilbert-Samuel multiplicity, using Macaulay2.

On invariant theory for "coincidental" reflection groups

(joint work with A. Shepler and E. Sommers)

Complex reflection groups W are the finite subgroups of GL_n(C) with the following property: when they act on polynomials in n variables, their invariant ring is again a polynomial algebra. It is also known by a result of Eagon and Hochster that, for any of their W-representations U, the U-isotypic polynomials form a _free_ module over the W-invariant subalgebra.

In a few cases, we know an explicit basis for these U-isotypic polynomials. This talk will discuss a class of complex reflection groups W, sometimes called the "coincidental types", where conjecturally we know explicit bases for the U-isotypic component when U is any tensor product of the exterior powers of the reflection representation and its dual. This conjecture would explain pleasant product formulas for combinatorial objects, such as face numbers for finite type cluster complexes.

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