Geometrically constructed bases for homology of partition lattices of types A, B and D

Anders Björner, Michelle L. Wachs

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Abstract

We use the theory of hyperplane arrangements to construct natural bases for the homology of partition lattices of types A, B and D. This extends and explains the "splitting basis" for the homology of the partition lattice given in [20], thus answering a question asked by R. Stanley. More explicitly, the following general technique is presented and utilized. Let A be a central and essential hyperplane arrangement in ℝd. Let R 1, . . . ,Rk be the bounded regions of a generic hyperplane section of A. We show that there are induced polytopal cycles ρRi in the homology of the proper part L̄A of the intersection lattice such that {ρRi}i=1,...,k is a basis for H̃d-2(L̄A). This geometric method for constructing combinatorial homology bases is applied to the Coxeter arrangements of types A, B and D, and to some interpolating arrangements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalElectronic Journal of Combinatorics
Volume11
Issue number2 R
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 3 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

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