By Richard P. Stanley

Some awesome connections among commutative algebra and combinatorics were found lately. This e-book offers an summary of 2 of the most issues during this quarter. the 1st issues the strategies of linear equations in nonnegative integers. functions are given to the enumeration of integer stochastic matrices (or magic squares), the quantity of polytopes, combinatorial reciprocity theorems, and comparable effects. the second one subject bargains with the face ring of a simplicial advanced, and contains a facts of the higher sure Conjecture for Spheres. An introductory bankruptcy giving historical past info in algebra, combinatorics and topology broadens entry to this fabric for non-specialists.

New to this version is a bankruptcy surveying newer paintings concerning face earrings, targeting functions to *f*-vectors. incorporated during this bankruptcy is an overview of the facts of McMullen's *g*-conjecture for simplicial polytopes according to toric forms, in addition to a dialogue of the face earrings of such particular sessions of simplicial complexes as shellable complexes, matroid complexes, point complexes, doubly Cohen-Macaulay complexes, balanced complexes, order complexes, flag complexes, relative complexes, and complexes with workforce activities. additionally integrated is info on subcomplexes and subdivisions of simplicial complexes, and an program to spline theory.

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1) In, say, My^y^ we have inverted everything on the face spanned by 2/1 and yj. So, to get something of degree /? in My^y^ take anything in Ei^^a 7. , multiply by x~^» and x~*j). y^^ of degree (3 if and only if AT ((5ij H h 6iJ + /? > Q iov N » 0. This condition is equivalent to supp_/? , /3n) = {«IA < 0}) the negative support of /?. )^ = | ^ ^ supp_ (3 C supp F ot otherwise . -part (1) of K{y'^,M) are 0- or 1-dimensional vector spaces. Now, the key fact is that we can identify the complex (1) with the augmented chain complex of the simplicial complex A^j whose faces are the sets S C CF$ such that supp_ /?

NOTE. If A # {0}, then H,(A; >l) = 0 for g < 0. If A = {0}, then H,({0},A)^{^' ^- ^ In particular, x({0}) = —1. 3 Proposition. If A ^ {0} or 0, then HQ{A\ A) is a free A-module whose rank is one less than the number of connected components of A. 3. Topology 21 We now wish to define the homology groups of a space X, rather than a simpUcial complex A. Let A' be a nonempty topological space. Let A^ denote the standard g-dimensional ordered geometric simplex {po, ^. ^ ,Pq) whose vertices p^ are the unit coordinate vectors in R^'^^.

X^"" such that u eT, v\u implies v EF. SO a simplicial complex corresponds to the case of squarefree monomials. Multicomplexes are sometimes called "semisimplicial complexes" by topologists. For a multicomplex F, let h^ := jf={u G F | degu = z}, and define the h-vector /i(F) = (/IQ, /ii,..