# Coxeter Matroids / Edition 1

ISBN-10: 0817637648

ISBN-13: 9780817637644

Pub. Date: 07/11/2003

Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag

Matroids appear in diverse areas of mathematics, from combinatorics to algebraic topology and geometry, and "Coxeter Matroids" provides an intuitive and interdisciplinary treatment of their theory. In this text, matroids are examined in terms of symmetric and finite reflection groups; also, symplectic matroids and the more general coxeter matroids are

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## Overview

Matroids appear in diverse areas of mathematics, from combinatorics to algebraic topology and geometry, and "Coxeter Matroids" provides an intuitive and interdisciplinary treatment of their theory. In this text, matroids are examined in terms of symmetric and finite reflection groups; also, symplectic matroids and the more general coxeter matroids are carefully developed. The Gelfand-Serganova theorem, which allows for the geometric interpretation of matroids as convex polytopes with certain symmetry properties, is presented, and in the final chapter, matroid representations and combinatorial flag varieties are discussed. With its excellent bibliography and index and ample references to current research, this work will be useful for graduate students and research mathematicians.

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817637644
Publisher:
Birkhauser Verlag
Publication date:
07/11/2003
Series:
Progress in Mathematics Series, #216
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

1 Matroids and Flag Matroids.- 1.1 Matroids.- 1.1.1 Definition in terms of bases.- 1.1.2 Examples.- 1.1.3 Circuits.- 1.2 Representable matroids.- 1.3 Maximality Property.- 1.4 Increasing Exchange Property.- 1.5 Sufficient systems of exchanges.- 1.5.1 Strong Exchange Property.- 1.6 Matroids as maps.- 1.7 Flag matroids.- 1.7.1 Flags.- 1.7.2 Flag matroids.- 1.7.3 Matroid quotients.- 1.7.4 Equivalence of Maximality Property and concordance of constituents.- 1.7.5 Representable flag matroids.- 1.7.6 Higgs lift.- 1.8 Flag matroids as maps.- 1.9 Exchange properties for flag matroids.- 1.9.1 Increasing Exchange Property for flag matroids.- 1.9.2 Failure of the Strong Exchange Property for flag matroids.- 1.10 Root system.- 1.10.1 Roots.- 1.10.2 Transpositions and reflections.- 1.10.3 Geometric representation of flags.- 1.10.4 Orderings associated with the root system.- 1.11 Polytopes associated with flag matroids.- 1.11.1 Polytopes associated with flag matroids.- 1.11.2 Main Theorem.- 1.12 Properties of matroid polytopes.- 1.12.1 Adjacency in matroids.- 1.12.2 Groups generated by transpositions.- 1.12.3 Components of matroids and the transposition graph.- 1.12.4 2-dimensional faces of matroid polytopes.- 1.12.5 Dimension of the matroid polytope.- 1.13 Minkowski sums.- 1.14 Exercises for Chapter 1.- 2 Matroids and Semimodular Lattices.- 2.1 Lattices as generalizations of projective geometry.- 2.2 Semimodular lattices.- 2.3 Jordan—Hölder permutation.- 2.4 Geometric lattices.- 2.4.1 Bases of lattices.- 2.4.2 Closure operators.- 2.4.3 Geometric lattice determined by a matroid.- 2.5 Representations of matroids.- 2.6 Representation of flag matroids.- 2.6.1 Retractions.- 2.6.2 Matroid maps from chains.- 2.7 Every flag matroid is representable.- 2.8 Exercises for Chapter 2.- 3 Symplectic Matroids.- 3.1 Definition of symplectic matroids.- 3.1.1 Hyperoctahedral group and admissible permutations.- 3.1.2 Admissible orderings.- 3.1.3 Symplectic matroids.- 3.2 Root systems of type Cn.- 3.2.1 Roots.- 3.2.2 Simple systems of roots.- 3.2.3 Correspondences.- 3.3 Polytopes associated with symplectic matroids.- 3.3.1 Geometric representation of admissible sets.- 3.3.2 Gelfand—Serganova Theorem for symplectic matroids.- 3.4 Representable symplectic matroids.- 3.4.1 Isotropic subspaces.- 3.4.2 Symplectic matroids from isotropic subspaces.- 3.4.3 Examples.- 3.4.4 Operations on representations.- 3.5 Homogeneous symplectic matroids.- 3.6 Symplectic flag matroids.- 3.6.1 Examples.- 3.6.2 Representable symplectic flag matroids.- 3.7 Greedy Algorithm.- 3.8 Independent sets.- 3.9 Symplectic matroid constructions.- 3.10 Orthogonal matroids.- 3.10.1 Dn-admissible orderings.- 3.10.2 Orthogonal matroids.- 3.10.3 Representable orthogonal matroids.- 3.10.4 Orthogonal flag matroids.- 3.11 Open problems.- 3.12 Exercises for Chapter 3.- 4 Lagrangian Matroids.- 4.1 Lagrangian matroids.- 4.1.1 Transversals.- 4.1.2 Symmetric Exchange Axiom.- 4.1.3 Represented Lagrangian matroids.- 4.1.4 Homogeneous Lagrangian matroids.- 4.2 Circuits and strong exchange.- 4.2.1 Dual matroid.- 4.2.2 Circuits.- 4.2.3 Circuits and cocircuits.- 4.2.4 Strong Exchange Property.- 4.2.5 Circuit characterizations of Lagrangian matroids.- 4.3 Maps on orientable surfaces.- 4.3.1 Maps on compact surfaces.- 4.3.2 Matroids, representations and maps.- 4.4 Exercises for Chapter 4.- 5 Reflection Groups and Coxeter Groups.- 5.1 Hyperplane arrangements.- 5.1.1 Chambers of a hyperplane arrangement.- 5.1.2 Galleries.- 5.2 Polyhedra and polytopes.- 5.3 Mirrors and reflections.- 5.3.1 Systems of mirrors and of reflections.- 5.3.2 Finite reflection groups.- 5.4 Root systems.- 5.4.1 Mirrors and their normal vectors.- 5.4.2 Root systems.- 5.4.3 Positive and simple systems.- 5.4.4 Classification of root systems.- 5.5 Isotropy groups.- 5.6 Parabolic subgroups.- 5.7 Coxeter complex.- 5.7.1 Chambers.- 5.7.2 Generation by simple reflections.- 5.7.3 Action of W on W.- 5.8 Labeling of the Coxeter complex.- 5.9 Galleries.- 5.9.1 Bending.- 5.10 Generators and relations.- 5.10.1 Coxeter group.- 5.11 Convexity.- 5.12 Residues.- 5.12.1 The mirror system of a residue.- 5.12.2 Residues are convex.- 5.12.3 Gate property of residues.- 5.12.4 Opposite chamber in a residue.- 5.13 Foldings.- 5.14 Bruhat order.- 5.14.1 Characterization of the Bruhat order.- 5.14.2 Bruhat ordering on W / WJ.- 5.15 Splitting the Bruhat order.- 5.15.1 Some properties of the length function l(w).- 5.15.2 The property Z.- 5.16 Generalized permutahedra.- 5.17 Symmetric group as a Coxeter group.- 5.17.1 Coxeter complex of the symmetric group.- 5.17.2 Permutahedron.- 5.17.3 Length in Symn.- 5.17.4 Bruhat order in Symn.- 5.18 Exercises for Chapter 5.- 6 Coxeter Matroids.- 6.1 Coxeter matroids.- 6.1.1 The Maximality Property.- 6.1.2 Matroid maps.- 6.1.3 Flag matroids are Coxeter matroids.- 6.1.4 The Strong Exchange Property.- 6.1.5 The Increasing Exchange Property.- 6.2 Root systems.- 6.2.1 Orbits of W on V.- 6.2.2 Orderings of W · ?J.- 6.3 The Gelfand—Serganova Theorem.- 6.3.1 A Useful reformulation of the Gelfand—Serganova Theorem.- 6.3.2 A corollary.- 6.4 Coxeter matroids and polytopes.- 6.5 Examples.- 6.6 W-matroids.- 6.7 Characterization of matroid maps.- 6.8 Adjacency in matroid polytopes.- 6.9 Combinatorial adjacency.- 6.10 The matroid polytope.- 6.11 Exchange groups of Coxeter matroids.- 6.11.1 Dimension of the matroid polytope.- 6.12 Flag matroids and concordance.- 6.12.1 Shifts.- 6.12.2 Concordance.- 6.12.3 Constituents of a flag matroid.- 6.13 Combinatorial flag variety.- 6.13.1 Definition of the combinatorial flag variety.- 6.13.2 Weak map ordering.- 6.13.3 Expansion.- 6.14 Shellable simplicial complexes.- 6.15 Shellability of the combinatorial flag variety.- 6.16 Open problems.- 6.17 Exercises for Chapter 6.- 7 Buildings.- 7.1 Gaussian decomposition.- 7.2 BN-pairs.- 7.2.1 Definition of a BN-pair.- 7.2.2 Standard generators are involutions.- 7.2.3 Length function.- 7.2.4 Bruhat decomposition.- 7.2.5 Refinement of Axiom BN1.- 7.3 Deletion Property.- 7.4 Deletion property and Coxeter groups.- 7.5 Reflection representation of W.- 7.5.1 Construction.- 7.5.2 The Coxeter graph.- 7.5.3 Irreducibility of the reflection representation.- 7.5.4 Finite Coxeter groups are Euclidean reflection groups.- 7.5.5 Positive and negative roots.- 7.5.6 The reflection representation is faithful.- 7.6 Classification of finite Coxeter groups.- 7.6.1 Labeled graphs and associated bilinear forms.- 7.6.2 Classification of positive definite graphs.- 7.7 Chamber systems.- 7.7.1 Chamber systems.- 7.7.2 Coxeter complex.- 7.7.3 Residues and parabolic subgroups.- 7.7.4 The geometric realization.- 7.7.5 Flag complex of a vector space.- 7.8 W-metric.- 7.8.1 W-metrics and associated chamber systems.- 7.8.2 Order complex of a sermmodular lattice admits a W-metric.- 7.9 Buildings.- 7.9.1 Definition of buildings.- 7.9.2 Generalized m-gons.- 7.9.3 Buildings of projective spaces.- 7.9.4 Building associated with a BN-pair.- 7.9.5 Strongly transitive automorphism groups.- 7.10 Representing Coxeter matroids in buildings.- 7.10.1 Retractions.- 7.10.2 Apartments are convex.- 7.10.3 Geodesic galleries and reduced words.- 7.10.4 Retractions give matroid maps.- 7.11 Vector-space representations and building representations.- 7.11.1 An, Bn, Cn and Dn-representations.- 7.11.2 Buildings from flags of subspaces.- 7.11.3 Vector-space representations of W-matroids are building representations.- 7.12 Residues in buildings.- 7.12.1 Residues are convex.- 7.12.2 Residues are buildings.- 7.12.3 Intersection of residues.- 7.12.4 Intersection of a residue and an apartment.- 7.13 Buildings of type An-1 = Symn.- 7.14 Combinatorial flag varieties, revisited.- 7.14.1 Gaussian schemes.- 7.14.2 Retractions.- 7.14.3 Representation morphism.- 7.14.4 Partial metric on ?W*.- 7.14.5 The case W = An-1.- 7.15 Open Problems.- 7.16 Exercises for Chapter 7.- References.