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## How do I compute the compact cohomology of a hypersurface?

How do I compute the compact cohomology of a hypersurface? For example, let $f$ be a Newton polynomial of a polytope in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let $X = (f=0)$ inside $(\mathbb{C}^*)^n$ (maybe there is some dependency on the coefficients of $f\;$?). Can you tell me anything about $H^*_c(X)$? Perhaps I should know better, but I don't. Thanks!

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 Are you working over $\mathbb{C}$ or $\mathbb{R}$? That is: do you want your hypersurface in $\mathbb{C}^n$ or $\mathbb{R}^n$ or someplace else? Your notation makes this unclear? – Richard Montgomery Nov 27 2010 at 3:42 I've added the arxiv ag tag, if that's ok with the OP. – babubba Nov 27 2010 at 23:19