The expected codimension of a matroid variety
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- Ford, N. J Algebr Comb (2015) 41: 29. doi:10.1007/s10801-014-0525-6
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Matroid varieties are the closures in the Grassmannian of sets of points defined by specifying which Plücker coordinates vanish and which do not. In general these varieties are very ill-behaved, but in many cases one can estimate their codimension by keeping careful track of the conditions imposed by the vanishing of each Plücker coordinates on the columns of the matrix representing a point of the Grassmannian. This paper presents a way to make this procedure precise, producing a number for each matroid variety called its expected codimension that can be computed combinatorially solely from the list of Plücker coordinates that are prescribed to vanish. We prove that for a special, well-studied class of matroid varieties called positroid varieties, the expected codimension coincides with the actual codimension.