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### Does anyone have Delzell's Thesis on Bad Points of Forms?

Since a number of papers (e.g. this one) treating denominators in Hilbert's 17th problem point to E.G. Strauss's unpublished letter to G. Kriesel or to Chapter 5 of Delzell's Thesis, which contains an ...

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### How do you not forget old math?

I am trying to not forget my old math. I finished my PhD in real algebraic geometry a few years ago and then switched to the industry for financial reasons. Now I get the feeling that I want to do a ...

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### Question about radical ideal

Suppose $\mathbb{R}[X]$ is the normal multivariate polynomial ring where $X = x_1,...x_n$. $\mathbb{R}[X]_t$ is the truncated set such that $\mathbb{R}[X]_t =\left\{f: f \in \mathbb{R}[X], \deg(f) \...

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### Polynomial approximations of curves

This is the 3D version of this question. The responses to that question contained a lot of complaints about fuzzy definition of the problem, so I made this new question very narrow and explicit.
For ...

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### Sums of hermitian squares in free abelian group algebras and real positive semidefinite matrices

A little context for the following question, first. As Noah Stein notes in a comment below, the present question is closely related to the free semialgebraic geometry studied by Helton and his ...

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### local analyticity of volumes of slices of semi-algebraic sets

I would like a reference and/or a simple proof using well-known results of the following, which I think is true. (If it's false, I'd like to know that as well of course -- and ideally a way to modify ...

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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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### Rationality of a certain real algebraic variety

Let $A_n$ denote the vector space of $n\times n$ antisymmetric matrices over ${\mathbb{Q}}$, where $n$ is even.
Let $A_n^*\subset A_n$ denote the affine ${\mathbb{Q}}$-subvariety of invertible ...

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### Tameness in $\mathbb{R}^{n^2}$ of the subset consisting of matrices of positive determinant

The Lie group $GL(n)$ being a manifold is locally path-connected. Consider its connected component of the identity $C\subseteq\mathbb{R}^{n^2}$. What is a good way of showing that $C$ is a tame ...

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### Smooth, irreducible surface with real part containing two projective planes

Let $X$ be a smooth and irreducible projective variety over $\mathbb{R}$ of dimension two. I am looking for an instance of such a variety where two distinct connected components of $X(\mathbb{R})$ are ...

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### Can one push a path out of an algebraic set with control on length?

Consider a real algebraic set $A\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$. The case I am interested in is a homogeneous cone (i.e., if $x\in A$ then also $\lambda x\in A$ for each scalar $\lambda>0$) where each ...

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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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### Solving a system of algebraic equations

I am trying to find complex solutions with positive real part $\{t_j \;|\;{\rm Re}\;t_j>0,
j = 1, 2, 3, \dots, n\}$ of the system of equations
$$0 = 1 + \sum_j \left(t_j^{2l+1} + {t_j^*}^{2l+1}\...

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### Log Canonical Threshold Equals 1

I'm an analyst interested in what we would call the "critical integrability index" which, for a given (real-valued) function $f$ is the supremum of $\sigma$ such that $|f|^{-\sigma}$ is integrable on ...

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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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### ideal generated from a truncated “real radical-like” set are still real radical?

Suppose $\mathbb{R}[X]$ is the normal multivariate polynomial ring where $X = x_1...x_n$. $\mathbb{R}[X]_t$ is the truncated ring such that $\mathbb{R}[X]_t =\left\{f: f \in \mathbb{R}[X], deg(f) \leq ...

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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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### 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 $|f(x)|\...

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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 $s_1,\dots,...

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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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### 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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### 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 \Rightarrow\...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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, $x,y\...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Are all polynomial inequalities deducible from the trivial inequality?

I remember learning some years ago of a theorem to the effect that if a polynomial $p(x_1, ... x_n)$ with real coefficients is non-negative on $\mathbb{R}^n$, then it is a sum of squares of ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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vote

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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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### 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 + tB)...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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votes

**1**answer

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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.