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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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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Real algebraic geometry vs. algebraic geometry

This question is predicated on my understanding that real algebraic geometry (henceforth RAG) is the version of algebraic geometry (AG) one gets when replacing (esp. algebraically closed) fields with ...
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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Since a number of papers (e.g. this one) treating denominators in Hilbert's 17th problem point to E.G. Strauss's unpublished letter to G. Kriesel or to Chapter 5 of Delzell's Thesis, which contains an ...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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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 ...