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### What's the relationship between the different versions of the BBD decomposition theorem?

I have a few questions relating to the BBD decomposition theorem.
I have come across the following two versions of the decomposition theorem.
Version 1. Let $f : X \to Y$ be a proper map of ...

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### Determine existence of irreducible variety in given homology class

Given a homology class $\alpha \in H_k(X,\mathbb{Z})$ on a variety $X$, is there a way to determine if there exists an irreducible subvariety $Y \subset X$ that has that class, i.e. $[Y] = \alpha$?
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### Intersection Cohomology and $L^2$ cohomology

In the study of singular spaces, topological methods like intersection cohomology have played an important role. They have led to the development of technology like perverse sheaves and these find ...

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### Example to show that the inverse image under a finite morphism is not t-exact with respect to the perverse t-structure

According to Chapter 4 of Beilinson, Bernstein, and Deligne's "Faisceaux Pervers" (Asterisque 100, 1980) the inverse image $Rf^*$ with respect to a finite morphism $f$ is right t-exact with respect to ...

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### Homology class of variety defined by an ideal

if a subvariety of codimension n is given by an ideal of polynomials with n generators, then the homology class of the variety is given by the intersection product of the classes of the individual ...

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### Local intersection cohomology

Let $X$ be a variety and $p\in X$ a point. Let $IC_X$ be the intersection cohomology sheaf, and let $IC_{X,p}$ be its stalk at $p$. Let $IH^*_p(X) := H^{*-\dim X}(IC_{X,p})$ be the local ...

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### intersection complex for quotient singularities

Let $X$ be a projective variety over a field of characteristic zero and assume that $X$ has finite quotient singularities, that is, $X$ is a union of affine open subsets of the form $Y/G$, where $G$ ...

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### Canonical basis of quantum groups

I am trying to understand the canonical basis of quantum groups and different ways to construct the canonical basis of quantum groups. In the comments of Lusztig's papers, the paper [92], CANONICAL ...

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### on a characterisation of the intersection complex

Let $X$ be an integral scheme of finite type over a field $k$ of dimension $d$ and $U$ an open dense smooth subscheme.
Let $K\in D_{c}^{b}(X,\bar{\mathbb{Q}}_{l})$ be such that ...

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### Divisibility of all entries in an intersection form

What are situations where one can conclude that all entries of an intersection form are divisible by a fixed integer?
More precisely: $F \subset S$ is a proper connected (usually reducible) ...

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### Applications for intersection (co)homology and for the Decomposition Theorem for students?

Which applications of intersection (co)homology and of the (Topological) Decomposition Theorem have most chances to be understood by students?

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### intersection cohomology and etale cohomology

Hello,
Can someone explain or give a reference on the comparison between intersection cohomology and l-adic etale cohomology of a variety over a field of characteristic zero?
Thanks!

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### Is there a notion of a chain complex with corners?

Roughly speaking, algebraic topology works by reducing questions about topological objects such as manifolds and cell to questions about chain complexes.
On the topological side, although in the PL ...

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### Non-vanishing of cup product in cohomology

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over $\mathbb{C}$, and let $\alpha \in H^{2k}(X)$ be an algebraic cohomology class. Let us fix an $l$ such that $H^l(X) \neq 0$ and $H^{l+2k}(X) \neq 0$.
The ...

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### Bounding the size of stalks of IC sheaves

Say $X$ is a smooth algebraic variety, $U$ is a Zariski open set in $X$, $L$ is a local system on $U$, and $IC(L)$ the intersection cohomology sheaf on $X$ which restricts to $L$ on $U$. Then is:
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### Does intersection pairing on `$IH^*(X)$` agree with cup-product on `$H^*(X)$`?

Let $X$ be a proper singular variety over $k=\overline{\mathbb F}_p,$ irreducible of dimension $d.$ Let $H^*(X)$ and $IH^*(X)$ be the $l$-adic cohomology groups and $l$-adic intersection cohomology ...

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### Stratified Pseudomanifold

Hi there,
I have a, I guess, simple question.
In the definition of an n-dimensional stratified pseudomanifold one demands the following filtration
$X=X_n \supset X_{n-1}=X_{n-2} \supset X_{n-3}\supset ...

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### The signature of a mapping torus

Consider a manifold $M$ of dimension $4k + 2$, $k$ an integer. Pick a diffeomorphism $\phi$ of $M$ and construct the mapping torus $T$ of $\phi$. Suppose that there is a $4k+4$ dimensional manifold ...

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### “geometric” interpretation of the alternating sum of intersection cohomology groups

Let $X_0$ be a proper variety over a finite field $k.$ For each prime number $\ell\ne p,$ we have the $\ell$-adic intersection cohomology groups $IH^i(X).$ Due to Gabber, the alternating sum of these
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### intersection pairing on intersection cohomology

Let $X$ be a projective variety of dimension $d$ over $k=\bar{k},$ with $L$ an ample line bundle on $X$ and $\eta=c_1(L).$ Hard Lefschetz gives an isomorphism (see BBD)
$$
\eta^i:IH^{d-i}(X)\to ...

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### Poincaré duality for intersection cohomology

Let $X$ be a projective complex algebraic variety of dimension $d.$ Does it make sense to ask if properties like
$$
(x,y)=(-1)^i(y,x)
$$
holds, for $x\in IH^i(X,\mathbb Q)$ and $y\in IH^{2d-i}(X)?$ ...

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### Intersection Cohomology of Coordinate Hyperplanes

I'm trying to learn how to compute stalks of IC sheaves, and I was wondering about the following example:
Fix $n$. Let $X \subset \mathbb{C}^n$ be the variety cut out by the equation $x_1 \cdots x_n ...