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### Geometric interpretation of characteristic polynomial

The coefficients of lowest and next-highest degree of a linear operator's characteristic polynomial are its determinant and trace. These have well-known geometric interpretations. But what about its ...

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### Chevalley–Shephard–Todd theorem

The wikipedia article claims that the theorem "was first proved by G. C. Shephard and J. A. Todd (1954) who gave a case-by-case proof. Claude Chevalley (1955) soon afterwards gave a uniform proof". I ...

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### Left U_n-invariants of SL_n - an exercise in Kraft-Procesi

I am sorry for spamming MO with questions I have not thought about for more than 3 hours, but currently I am quite busy with preparing a talk on representations of $S_n$, and I don't want these to get ...

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### Explicit invariants (under change of basis) of maps $V \to V \otimes V$.

It is standard to construct numbers associated to a linear transformation $f: V \to V$ of a finite-dimensional vector space which are invariant under change of basis. The coefficients of the ...

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### Subrings of rational functions invariant under change of sign

Let $R$ be a ring generated by $k$ rational functions in the
variables $x_1,...,x_n$ over the real numbers.
Is there an algorithm that computes a set of rational functions
$f_1,...,f_l \in R$ which ...

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### Invariant forms

Is there a classification of pairs $(\mathfrak g,V)$, with $\mathfrak g$ a Lie algebra and $V$ a $\mathfrak g$-module, such that $(\Lambda^3V)^{\mathfrak g}\neq0$?

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### Weyl group Invariants

What are the generators of $\mathbb C[V^m]^W$, where $W$ is the Weyl group
of type $E_6, E_7, E_8$, V^m denote 'm' (m > 1) copies of the Cartan subalgebra
and the action is the diagonal action?
Is ...

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### When Are Quotients Complete Intersections?

Let $S_{n}$ denote the permutation group on $n$ letters and $G\subset S_{n}$ a transitive subgroup. The inclusion of $G$ in $S_{n}$ defines an action of $G$ on $\mathbb{C}^{n}$. By finding a ...

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### Generalized symmetric algebras and Dickson algebras over ${\mathbb F}_p$.

Start with the really well-known fact that $R[x_1, \ldots, x_n]^{S_n}$, where $R$ is any commutative ring, is polynomial on elementary symmetric polynomials. Now consider the slight generalization of ...

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### Generalizing cosine rule to symmetric spaces

The sine and cosine rules for triangles in Euclidean, spherical and hyperbolic spaces can be understood as invariants for triples of lines. These invariants are given in terms of the distance (both ...

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### Is $Sym^n (V^*) \cong Sym^n (V)^\ast$ naturally in positive characteristic?

Background/motivation
It is a classical fact that we have a natural isomorphism $Sym^n (V^*) \cong Sym^n (V) ^\ast$ for vector spaces $V$ over a field $k$ of characteristic 0. One way to see this is ...

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### What is affine invariant used in computer vision?

Affine invariant for 4 coplanar points ABCD is said to be Area(ACD)/Area(ABC). Can somebody provide the proof of this means why is this invariant under affine ...

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### Resources on Invariant Theory

Hi,
So my question is pretty much summed up by the summary - basically I've run into a need to teach myself some of the basics of invariant theory and was looking for a good place to start. I'd ...