MARCH 25, 2016

Speaker: Laura Anderson, Binghamton University
Title: Phased matroids and matroids over hyperfields

Abstract: A matroid is a combinatorial analog to a subspace of a vector space $F^n$, where $F$ is an arbitrary field, and an oriented matroid is a matroid with extra structure analogous to the case $F=\mathbb R$. This extra structure leads to surprisingly rich interaction between combinatorics, geometry, and topology, and so it is natural to look for a generalization of this corresponding to $F=\mathbb C$, or for other fields. In a 2012 paper Emanuele Delucchi and I laid the foundations for such a theory for $F=\mathbb C$, and in very recent work Matt Baker has put nearly all these types of theories into a beautiful common framework. This talk will trace the development of this line of thought and discuss some of the many new questions opened by Baker's work.

Time: Friday, March 25, 2016, 3:30-4:20 p.m.

Place: Exploratory Hall, room 4106

Refreshments will be served at 3:00 p.m.

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George Mason University
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