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Volume 87, Issue 4, 2012, pp. 861–889
DOI: 10.4171/CMH/271

Published online: 2012-10-10

Equivariant classes of matrix matroid varieties

László M. Fehér[1], András Némethi[2] and Richárd Rimányi[3]

(1) Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
(2) Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
(3) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

To each subset $I$ of $\{1,\dots,k\}$ associate an integer $r(I)$. Denote by $X$ the collection of those $n\times k$ matrices for which the rank of a union of columns corresponding to a subset $I$ is $r(I)$, for all $I$. We study the equivariant cohomology class represented by the Zariski closure $Y=\overline{X}$. This class is an invariant of the underlying matroid structure. Its calculation incorporates challenges similar to the calculation of the ideal of $Y$, namely, the determination of the geometric theorems for the matroid. This class also gives information on the degenerations and hierarchy of matroids. New developments in the theory of Thom polynomials of contact singularities (namely, a recently found stability property) help us to calculate these classes and present their basic properties. We also show that the coefficients of this class are solutions to problems in enumerative geometry, which are natural generalization of the linear Gromov–Witten invariants of projective spaces.

Keywords: Equivariant class, matroid, enumerative geometry

Fehér László, Némethi András, Rimányi Richárd: Equivariant classes of matrix matroid varieties. Comment. Math. Helv. 87 (2012), 861-889. doi: 10.4171/CMH/271