Combinatorics and Commutative Algebra

  • Richard P. Stanley

Part of the Progress in Mathematics book series (PM, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Pages 1-24
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 135-164

About this book

Introduction

Some remarkable connections between commutative algebra and combinatorics have been discovered in recent years. This book provides an overview of two of the main topics in this area. The first concerns the solutions of linear equations in nonnegative integers. Applications are given to the enumeration of integer stochastic matrices (or magic squares), the volume of polytopes, combinatorial reciprocity theorems, and related results. The second topic deals with the face ring of a simplicial complex, and includes a proof of the Upper Bound Conjecture for Spheres. An introductory chapter giving background information in algebra, combinatorics and topology broadens access to this material for non-specialists.

New to this edition is a chapter surveying more recent work related to face rings, focusing on applications to f-vectors. Included in this chapter is an outline of the proof of McMullen's g-conjecture for simplicial polytopes based on toric varieties, as well as a discussion of the face rings of such special classes of simplicial complexes as shellable complexes, matroid complexes, level complexes, doubly Cohen-Macaulay complexes, balanced complexes, order complexes, flag complexes, relative complexes, and complexes with group actions. Also included is information on subcomplexes and subdivisions of simplicial complexes, and an application to spline theory.

Keywords

Combinatorics cls commutative algebra matroid topology

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard P. Stanley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b139094
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Boston 1996
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser Boston
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-8176-4369-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-8176-4433-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0743-1643
  • Series Online ISSN 2296-505X
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