, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 201-213

On the computation of a-invariants

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Thea-invariant of a graded Cohen-Macaulay ring is the least degree of a generator of its graded canonical module. We compute thea-invariants of (i) graded algebras with straightening laws on upper semi-modular lattices and (ii) the Stanley-Reisner rings of shellable weighted simplicial complexes. The formulas obtained are applied to rings defined by determinantal and pfaffian ideals.