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Shellability of uncrossing posets and the CW poset property

Connections for Women Workshop: Geometric and Topological Combinatorics August 31, 2017 - September 01, 2017

August 31, 2017 (02:00 PM PDT - 03:00 PM PDT)
Speaker(s): Patricia Hersh (North Carolina State University)
Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
Primary Mathematics Subject Classification No Primary AMS MSC
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Matthew Dyer’s proof that reflection orders give rise to EL-shellings for Bruhat order relied on the fact that the number of so-called ascending chains in a closed interval in Bruhat order is the leading coefficient in a polynomial closely related to the Kazhdan– Lusztig polynomial. We give a new, poset-theoretic proof that reflection orders yield EL-shellings for Bruhat order based on a characterization of cover relations in Bruhat order which may not be so well known.  This perspective also enables us to prove a conjecture of Thomas Lam that face posets of stratified spaces of response matrices of electrical networks are dual EL-shellable and are CW posets.

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