Discrete Morse functions from lexicographic orders
Patricia Hersh
University of Washington
March 16,
4:15pm
refreshments at 3:45pm
2338
ABSTRACT

A few years ago, Robin Forman established the notion of a discrete Morse
function. We will describe a way of constructing a discrete Morse
function with a relatively small number of critical cells from any
lexicographic order on the saturated chains of a graded poset. This gives
a tool for computing poset Möbius functions via the Morse inequalities
and for proving that certain poset order complexes are collapsible or
homotopy equivalent to a wedge of spheres. In particular, we apply this
to the poset of partitions of a multiset. This is joint work with Eric
Babson.

Speaker's Contact Info: hersh(atsign)math.washington.edu
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