By Richard P. Stanley

Some amazing connections among commutative algebra and combinatorics were came upon lately. This ebook presents an outline of 2 of the most issues during this sector. the 1st issues the suggestions of linear equations in nonnegative integers. purposes are given to the enumeration of integer stochastic matrices (or magic squares), the quantity of polytopes, combinatorial reciprocity theorems, and comparable effects. the second one subject bargains with the face ring of a simplicial advanced, and encompasses a evidence of the higher certain Conjecture for Spheres. An introductory bankruptcy giving historical past info in algebra, combinatorics and topology broadens entry to this fabric for non-specialists.

New to this variation is a bankruptcy surveying newer paintings with regards to face earrings, concentrating on purposes to *f*-vectors. incorporated during this bankruptcy is an overview of the evidence of McMullen's *g*-conjecture for simplicial polytopes in keeping with toric types, in addition to a dialogue of the face earrings of such distinct periods of simplicial complexes as shellable complexes, matroid complexes, point complexes, doubly Cohen-Macaulay complexes, balanced complexes, order complexes, flag complexes, relative complexes, and complexes with team activities. additionally integrated is details on subcomplexes and subdivisions of simplicial complexes, and an program to spline theory.

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7 Corollary. Suppose there exists 7 = ( 7 1 , . . , 7„) € Q"", —1 < 7i < 0, such that $ 7 = a. Then M^^ is Cohen-Macaulay. Proof. Let $/3 = a, /3 G E$,a. Then *(^ - 7) = 0 and supp_ (3 = supp_(/3 — 7). , so Vp = Tm{^-'y)^ where m is chosen so that m(/3 — 7) is integral. Since R^ is Cohen-Macaulay the complex Trri{p~'y) is empty or acyclic. Hence, so is Tp and we are done. d. (j X j-minors of [^^ • • • ^ J ) . lin. 8 Corollary. Let $ = [ai,... , a s , - 6 1 , . . , - 6 ^ ] , a^,6<, > 0, s,t > 0. *

3 T h e o r e m . H\M) = 0 unless e = depth M < i < dimM = d; and H%M) ^ 0, H^{M) ^ 0. 2 imposes on W{M) in a natural way the structure of a Z^-graded module: H\M) = UaeZ- H\M)^. Since W{M) is known to be artinian, it follows that W{M)a = 0 for a » 0. However, W{M) is usually not finitely-generated. Define F{W{M),\)= {dimkH\M)^)X' Y. 4 T h e o r e m . F(M,A)oo = T,US-^yF{W{M),\)- . 38 I. Nonnegative Integral Solutions to Linear Equations In this formula F(M, A)cx) signifies that F(M, A) is to be expanded as a Laurent series around oo.

V^, . . ,Vq] , t=0 where Vi denotes that Vt is missing. It is easily verified that dq indeed extends to a homomorphism Cq{A) -> C^^i(A), and that dqdq^i = 0. The chain complex C(A) = {Cq{A)ydq} is the oriented chain complex of A. If A 7»^ 0, then A contains 0 as a face (of dimension —1). Let C_i(A) be the free i4-module with basis {0}, and define an augmentation e : Co(A) -^ C-i{A) = ^ by e{x) = 0 for every vertex x £ V. The augmented chain complex (C(A), e) is the augmented oriented chain complex of A (over ^4).