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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...

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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, ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

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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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votes

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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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votes

**2**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

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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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votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

71 views

### 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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

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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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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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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votes

**0**answers

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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 + ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**-1**

votes

**1**answer

153 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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{ ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

196 views

### 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.

**2**

votes

**3**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

**2**answers

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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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votes

**2**answers

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### The topology of open semi-algebraic sets (appl.: totally positive matrices)

Let $P_1,\ldots,P_r$ be polynomials over ${\mathbb R}^N$. I am interested in the homotopy type of the semi-algebraic set defined by
$$ P_j(x_1,\ldots,x_N)>0,\qquad j=1,\ldots,r . $$
Is there a ...

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votes

**2**answers

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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 ...