Real algebraic geometry is the study of real solutions to algebraic equations with real coefficients. Its methods are rather different from classical algebraic geometry, which is typically done over an algebraically closed field (like the complex numbers).

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Upper bound on the number of convex connected components of the complement of the zero set of a polynomial

The classic Milnor-Thom upper bound on the sum of the Betti numbers of real algebraic sets (for a nice exposition and references, see e.g. N.R. Wallach, On a Theorem of Milnor and Thom, in S. Gindikin ...
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Does the cohomology comparison part of GAGA hold over the reals?

If $k=\mathbb{C}$, $X$ is a projective (or even proper) scheme over $k$ and $F$ a coherent sheaf on $X$, then there is an isomorphism $$ H^p(X,F)\rightarrow H^p(X^{an}, F^{an}) $$ (and there is also ...
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Irreducible real curves on ${\mathbb C}P^1$ invariant under the finite group action

Let $G$ be a finite subgroup of a Möbius group with a standart action on a real algebraic variety ${\mathbb C}{\mathbf P^1}.$ How one can describe $G$-invariant irreducible real algebraic curves? ...
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Decay of real continuous algebraic functions at infinity

Let $f$ be a real valued continuous algebraic function on $\mathbb R^n$. Suppose the zero set of $f$ is bounded, i.e., if $|x|$ is large enough, $f(x)\neq 0$. Is there any estimate of the sort ...
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Plane real curves such that their intersections with lines are hyperbolic

Let $R$ be an (irreducible) plane real algebraic curve (without isolated points). Consider Zarissky closure of $R$ in ${\mathbb C}P^1$ (as real variety). Suppose that $\lambda\in R ...
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Geometry of Hermitian rank $\leq r$ matrices

Let $M_n^{sa}$ be the space of $n\times n$ complex Hermitian matrices, let $r < n$, and let $E$ and $F$ be (real) linear subspaces of $M_n$ with ${\rm codim}(E) < r^2$ and ${\rm codim}(F) = 1$. ...
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Could a real curve symmetric across the line be defined only by polynomial that is not reflection-invariant?

Let $R$ -- be an irreducible plane real algebraic curve (without isolated points). Suppose that $(x,y)\in R\Leftrightarrow (x,-y)\in R.$ Question: could one find a polynomial $f(x,y)$ with zero set ...
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Where do I read about semi-algebraic/analytic sets?

What's a good introduction to semi-algebraic/semi-analytic sets? I'm coming from algebraic geometry, so ideally I'd prefer material that has a similar point of view and highlights analogies. I've ...
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What subdomains of $\mathbb{R}^2$ are diffeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^2_+$ via rational functions?

For what subdomains $D \subset \mathbb{R}^2$ does there exist a rational diffeomorphism $h:D \to \mathbb{R}^2_+$, such that its inverse is also a rational function? (By "rational function" I mean a ...
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Invariant regular cones in Lie group representation

I am following Analysis and Geometry on Complex Homogeneous Spaces by Faraut et al. I'll set up all of what I need and then ask my questions. Let $G$ be a connected semi-simple non-compact real Lie ...
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When is the image of the adjoint representation of a real algebraic group Zariski closed?

Let $\operatorname{Ad}:\operatorname{SL}_n(\mathbb{R}) \to \operatorname{GL}(\mathfrak{sl}_n(\mathbb{R}))$ be the adjoint representation (i.e. $\operatorname{Ad}(g)X=gXg^{-1}$) of $SL_n(\mathbb{R})$. ...
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What is known about topological equivalence of polynomial dynamical systems on two different domains in R^n?

The question is mainly about $\it flows$, not maps (i.e., continuous time, not discrete time). Is it known if the study of polynomial dynamical systems on $\mathbb R^n$ can be reduced to the study ...
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Euler Characteristic of Real Algebraic Surfaces

Given a (compact if needed) real smooth surface $V(f)$ defined by $f\in \mathbb{R}[X,Y,Z]$, in particular it is oriented. Is there a formula which gives the Euler character of $V(f)$ ? Thanks.
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Incidence geometry and matrices

Supposing I have a $0/1$ or $\pm1$ matrix $A$ of size $m\times n$, is there a minimum $d$ (that works for every $m\times n$ $A$) such that there exists $m$ lines $r_1,\dots,r_m$, $n$ lines ...
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Algebraic independence in normed spaces

A set of $n$ points in $\mathbb{R}^2$ is algebraically independent over $\mathbb{Q}$ if there is no polynomial dependency among the $2n$ coordinates. A result (Lemma 3.3) from "Globally linked pairs ...
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Number of real singular points

Let $f\in\mathbb{R}[X,Y]$ be a real polynomial in two variables. Are there bounds on the number of singular points of $f$ which take into account that $f$ might have high degree but be rather sparse? ...
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The space of polynomials with all real roots

The question stems from an attempt to answer a question of David Speyer. Let $R \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ be the space of coefficients of all polynomials of degree $n$ whose all roots are real, i.e. $R ...
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Proximal point avoids a subvariety

I have a seemingly easy problem about the proximal point in a variety of a general point in the ambient space, which I don't have a proof: Let $X \subset \mathbb{C}^N$ be the affine cone over some ...
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Real algebraic surface

Let $f(u,v,z)\in \mathbb{Q}[u,v,z]$ be a polynomial in three variables such that $X_{\mathbb{R}}\subset \mathbb{R}^{3} $ (the associated surface of real solution) is smooth. Suppose that the set of ...
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Polynomial degree comparison of Nullstellensatz and Positivstellensatz over real algebraic sets

Suppose we have a (finite) system of polynomials $P = \{ p_i \} \subseteq \mathbb{R}[x_1, \ldots, x_n]$. Then it is well known by the Nullstellensatz that either $P$ has a simultaneous zero over ...
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About convex combinations of real-stable multivariable complex polynomials

Say $f: \mathbb{C}^{n+1} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is a real stable multivariable polynomial on the variables $(z,w_1,w_2,...,w_n)$. (a "real-stable" polynomial is one which has no zeroes in the open ...
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Bound on the sum of arguments

Problem: Show that for all real $s,t,u$ and all complex $z$ with $|z|<1$ one has $$(*)\qquad \arg\frac{1-zf(s-u)}{1-zf(s+u)} +\arg\frac{1-zf(t+u)}{1-zf(t-u)}<\pi, $$ where $f$ is the ...
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About preserving real-rootedness of multivariable polynomials

Say $f_i(z_1,z_2,..,z_m)$ are polynomials real rooted in the $z$s for a bunch of polynomials indexed by $i$. When can one say that $\sum_{i} p_i f_i(z_1,z_2,..,z_m)$ is also real rooted? If ...
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Real-rooted polynomials and higher rank matrices

For $A$ and $B$ being matrices of the same dimension and $B$ being rank $1$, one knows that $det(A+tB)$ is a linear polynomial in $t \in \mathbb{R}$. Hence by Taylor series it follows that $det(A + ...
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image under a morphism of a variety defined over R

If you have say an affine variety defined over $\mathbb{R}$, then its image under a morphism (also defined over $\mathbb{R}$) is a constructible set. But presumably there would be no good reason in ...
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Homogeneous polynomials of degree 3 in two variables

Let $V$ be the four-dimensional real vector space consisting of all homogeneous polynomials of degree 3 in two variables with coefficients in $\mathbb{R}$. Let $U$ be the set of all elements of $V$ ...
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Determine whether a system of polynomials with real coefficients has a real solution?

Today my students asked me the following problem: Define polynomials $P_j$ with real coefficients $$P_{j}=\sum_{i_{1},\cdots,i_{s}}a^{(j)}_{i_{1}\cdots i_{s}}X^{i_{1}}_{1}\cdots X^{i_{s}}_{s}, ...
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conic structure at infinity for non-closed unbounded semi-algebraic sets

Let $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}^k$ be a non-closed, unbounded semi-algebraic subset. Then it seems to me that Proposition 5.49 on p. 189 of the book Algorithms in Real Algebraic Geometry still holds true ...
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Nearest Point to a real algebraic set

Suppose I have a compact bounded real algebraic (eventually: or analytic or semialgebraic or semianalytic set) $V$ in $\mathbb R^3$ and a point $x\in\mathbb R^3$ not in $V$. How much do we know about ...
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Smooth algebraic functions

Suppose $f(x)=\sum_{|\alpha|=0}^{\infty}a_{\alpha} x^{\alpha}$ for all $x\in\mathbb{R}^n$. Moreover we know a priori that $f$ is an algebraic function. Is $f$ necessarily a polynomial?If not what are ...
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Dimensions of two spaces

Let $R=\Bbb K[x_1,\dots,x_n]/I$ and $Z=\mathsf Z(I)$ where $\Bbb K$ is any field with $char(\Bbb K)\neq 2$. Is there a way to describe space of $f_1,f_2\in R$ that satisfies $$f_1+f_2\neq 0,\mbox{ ...
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How many circular cylinders through 5 general points?

How many right circular cylinders can pass through 5 general points in ℝ3 ? Edit: 0,2,4, or 6.
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Characterizing orthants with polynomials

Let $x=(x_1,\ldots,x_n)\in\mathbb{R}^n$. Can one find a polynomial $p$ (of arbitrary degree) in the coordinates of $x$ such that $p(x)\geq 0$ if and only if $x$ is an element of the positive orthant ...
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Does every commutative $*$-algebra of operators on a prehilbert space have a character?

My question can be equivalently stated as follows: Let $A$ be a complex commutative algebra with involution, and assume there exists a non-zero homomorphism $\pi:A\to L(V)$ to the algebra of ...
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The Universality Theorem by Mnev for uniform oriented matroids of rank 4 and higher

According to the Universality Theorem by Mnev (see below theorem 8.6.6 from [1]), for any open semialgebraic variety V there is a uniform oriented matroid of rank 3 whose realization space is stably ...
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vector space of ternary forms with real rooted property

Let $V \subseteq \mathbb{R}[x,y]_d$ be a two dimensional linear subspace of the vector space of bivariate forms of degree $d$. For each degree $d$ we can find such subspaces with the property that ...
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Non-negativity of invariant polynomials

Certifying the non-negativity of a symmetric polynomial is much easier than certifying the non-negativity of an arbitrary polynomial function: for instance, in (1) is proved that the complexity of ...
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Real centrally-symmetric plane algebraic curves

I am looking for a reference regarding the topology of real centrally-symmetric plane algebraic curves. By this I mean the curves defined by $$ P(x,y)=0, $$ where $P$ is a degree $m$ polynomial, ...
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Behavior of elementary symmetric polynomials near zero sets

It is straightforward to show (see Characterizing intersection of zero sets of elementary symmetric polynomials on R^n) that the set of points $\Lambda_{k}$ in $x \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$ with ...
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Connected components of the complement of a degree-d affine hypersurface

Let $n$ and $d$ be positive integers, and $f\in\mathbb{R}[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ be a polynomial of degree $d$. Let's consider the zero-set $M = \{x \in \mathbb{R}^n: f(x) = 0\}$ of $f$. Can we estimate ...
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Handelman's positivstellensatz for symmetric matrix-valued polynomials

For certain classes of sets $S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$, there exist algebraic characterizations of real valued polynomials $p: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ that are positive on $S$. Several ...
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Tropical polynomial Positivstellensatz

In real algebraic geometry, Stengle's Positivstellensatz can be used to characterize polynomials that are positive on a semialgebraic set. Say that a tropical semialgebraic set is a subset of ...
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nonnegativity conditions for a polynomial in two variables

Let $$P(X,Y)= c_{22}X^2Y^2 +c_{21}X^2Y +c_{12}XY^2 +c_{20}X^2 +c_{11}XY+c_{02}Y^2+c_{10}X+c_{01}Y+c_{00}$$ be a polynomial of two variables $X$ and $Y$ with real coefficients $c_{ij}$. What are the ...
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Locally Closed Orbits in Real Algebraic Geometry

Let $G$ be a real algebraic group, and let $X$ be a real affine $G$-variety. I am looking for conditions on $G$ and $X$ for which the $G$-orbits are known to be locally closed in the Zariski topology ...
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Is $\mathbb R[x,y]_+$ countably generated as a quadratic module?

Let $\mathbb R[x,y]_+$ denote the set of positive polynomials in two variables. My problem can be stated as follows: Does there exist a countable set $M\subseteq \mathbb R[x,y]_+$ such that ...
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Convexity of a certain sublevel set

Consider the polynomial of degree $4$ in the variable $r$ : $$ r^4 + (x^2 + y^2)\ r^2 - 2 x y\ r + x^2 y^2 $$ The discriminant of this polynomial in $r$ is the following expression (obtained using ...
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cell decomposition of real homogeneous hypersurfaces

Let $f(x_1,\ldots,x_n)\in\mathbf{R}[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ be a homogeneous polynomial and consider the real hypersurface $H=\{(x_1,\ldots,x_n)\in\mathbf{R}^n:f(x_1,\ldots,x_n)=1\}$. Assume to simplify ...
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Approximation of curves

When constructing minimax (sup-norm) polynomial approximations of real-valued functions, well-known results say (roughly speaking) that optimal solutions are characterized by the fact that they have ...
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Sum of Squares Length of a Product

Let $n \geq 2$. Let $g_1, \ldots , g_{n-1} \in \mathbb{R}[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ such that $q=g_1^2+\ldots +g_{n-1}^2$ is not divisible by $p=x_1^2+\ldots +x_n^2$. Let $m \geq 1$ be the smallest integer ...
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Zariski closure of orbits of real groups on complex flag manifolds

Let $G$ be a complex reductive algebraic group defined over $\mathbb R$, and $G_0$ its real points. Then the orbits of $G_0$ on $G/B$ need not be real algebraic subvarieties. Take $G=SL_2(\mathbb C)$, ...