Abstracts for the Seminar
 Discrete Geometry and Combinatorics
 Spring 2017

Speaker:  Luca Moci, Université Paris 7
Title: A survey on vector partition functions: quasi-polynomiality and beyond.
Time: 2 PM-4PM, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Place:  Malott 230

Abstract: The vector partition function is a classical object in mathematics: in the one-dimensional case it was studied at least since Euler, while in the case of root systems it appears in a formula by Kostant of great importance in representation theory. It can be seen as the function counting the integer points into a variable polytope. In these lectures (based on a book by De Concini and Procesi) we will sketch the proof of a fundamental theorem stating that this function is piecewise quasi-polynomial: more precisely, its support can be divided into "big cells", such that on every big cell the function agrees with a prescribed element of the "Dahmen Micchelli module". We will introduce this module, which admits a simple combinatorial description. We will also provide a wall-crossing formula. On the way we will meet some object introduced in my previous talk, such as toric arrangements and zonotopes: those provide respectively a decomposition of the Dahmen-micchelli module and a set of "initial data" for the vector partition function. If time allows, we will outline relations with the equivariant K-theory of some manifolds (based on work of De Concini-Procesi-Vergne and of Cavazzani and myself).

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