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### A homological criterion for collapsibility?

On page 256 of Kirby and Siebenmann one finds the following lemma (its proof an "elementary exercise", so they only give a hint):
Taking $A$ to be a point and iterating this collapsing lemma, this ...

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### Is barycentric subdivision of a collapsible, regular CW complex collapsible (non-evasive)?

Let $X$ be a finite, regular CW complex, and let $X'$ be its barycentric subdivision (i.e. the order complex of the face poset of $X$). Assume $X$ is collapsible.
Is $X'$ collapsible?
Is $X'$ ...

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### Vanishing homology of simplicial complexes with few facets

Let $K$ be a simplicial complex with $n$ vertices and $n-t$ facets, where $t \geq 3$.
Is it true that the $(n-3-j)$th reduced homology (with coefficients in a field) of $K$ vanishes for $0 \leq j ...

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### Flag complexes that are shellable but not vertex decomposable

As the title suggests, I was wondering if anyone can point me to any examples in the literature to flag complexes that are shellable but not vertex decomposable.
It is well-known that if a ...

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### Any results on rayless simplicial complexes?

We define a closed ray in a topological space $X$ to be its closed subset homeomorphic to the real half-line $[0,\infty)\subseteq \mathbb{R}$. Call a topological space $X$ rayless if it does not ...

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### Simplicial complices on unlabelled vertices

My question is about (abstract) simplicial complices.
In particular, how many are they if I consider $n$ unlabelled vertices?
For example, if $n=4$, the two complices
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\{\varnothing, \{1\}, \{2\}, ...

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### Kan condition in simplicial homotopy theory

I know Kan condition (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan_fibration) is something like homotopy extension condition, and I know this condition ensures homotopy defined by the naive idea to be an ...

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### Finite union of closed convex sets is triangulable?

I posted this question on Stackoverflow, but didn't get an answer.
Let $A_1, \ldots, A_k \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ be closed convex sets. Is the union $\bigcup_{i=1}^k A_i$ triangulable, that is, ...

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### Consequences of Zeeman's conjecture

Recall the Zeeman's conjecture: if $K$ is a contractible polyhedron of dimension 2, then $K\times I$ has a collapsible subdivision.
Zeeman showed that this implies the Poincaré conjecture in ...

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### Is this duality operation on simplicial complexes/Stanley-Reisner rings previously known?

Let $K$ be an abstract simplicial complex on vertices $x_1,\ldots,x_n$, then there is the familiar construction of the face ideal $I_K=\langle x_{i_1}\cdots x_{i_r} | ...

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### A natural simplicial object in the simplicial category (?)

In several works (es. [CS]) the study of the properties of the simplicial category $\Delta$ reveals fundamental aspects of universal properties (eg monoid generator) or basic constructions (eg ...

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### Which graphs generate a matroidal independence complex?

The independence complex $I(G)$ of a graph $G=(V,E)$ has as point set the vertex set $V$ and as simplices the independent sets of $G$.
Now, if $G$ is a well-covered graph (where all maximal ...

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### What have simplicial complexes ever done for graph theory?

(I am asking in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, of course, but nevertheless...)
Are there examples of results in "classical" [*] graph theory that have
been achieved by using simplicial ...

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### Is Euler-characteristic of a simplicial complex on $n$ vertices and $f$ facets at most $n^{O(\log f)}$?

(Definition: Facet = Maximal Face)
This question is a continuation of the previous one that I had asked a couple of years ago: Is Euler characteristic of a simplicial complex upper bounded by a ...

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### Has this chain complex associated with a simplicial complex been studied before?

I have stumbled upon a construction that has probably been noticed before, and I wonder if anyone can point me to a reference.
Suppose that $K$ is a simplicial complex. Let $P(K)$ be the free abelian ...

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### References to proofs of a theorem by Van Kampen-Flores

Theorem (Van Kampen-Flores 1930s) From any 7 points in four-dimensional space one can choose two disjoint triples such that the triangles with vertices at the triples intersect each other.
This ...

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### Transfinite sequence of contiguous simplicial maps

Recall that two simplicial maps of (abstract) simplicial complexes $f,g\colon K\to L$ are contiguous if $f(\sigma)\cup g(\sigma)$ is a simplex of $L$ for every simplex $\sigma\in K$. Contiguous ...

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### fixed simplicial complex under group action

I have found in an article dealing with combinatorial manifolds the following definition:
Let $C$ be a finite simplicial complex, and let $G$ be a finite group acting by automorphisms of $C$. The ...

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### When is the realisation of a simplicial set a manifold?

It is known that a simplicial complex is homeomorphic to a manifold if the link of every vertex is a simplicial sphere, for which there exists a definition. (I know that for high dimension, the ...

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### Counting edges in embeddable CW-complexes in R^3

Using Euler's formula ($V-E+F = 2$ where $V$, $E$ and $F$ are the number of vertices, edges and faces), we can easily count the number of edges in maximal graphs that are embeddable in plane: 3n-6. I ...

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### What is the “higher version” of chain homotopy in singular homology?

In basic algebraic topology, we know the following well-known chain homotopy theorem:
Let $X$ be a topological space and $I=[0,1]$ be the unit interval. Let $S_*(X)$ and $S_*(X\times I)$ be the ...

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### Poset complex of reverse ordering [closed]

This might be too easy but I cannot proof it easily. Any reference or hint will be great.
Q: Suppose P is a poset in which every chain is finite and $\Delta P$ is the poset complex associated to it. ...

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### 3-complexes not embeddable in 3-space

My question is about embeddability of 3-dimensional complexes in R^3. Do we have something like Kuratowski's theorem for complexes in 3-space which specifies a set of minors for non-embeddability?

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### Injective simplicial maps between Arc complexes

Let $A(S)$ denotes the Arc complex of a finite type hyperbolic surface $S$ with nonempty boundary. Let $\lambda:A(S)\rightarrow A(S)$ be a map such that on triangulations of $S$ i.e. on the top ...

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### Lipschitz Approximation to a PW Smooth Map

Suppose I have a triangulated smooth manifold, $\tau : |K| \rightarrow M$ (so that $\tau | _{\sigma}$ is smooth for each $\sigma \in K$), and a piecewise smooth map, $f: M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$. ...

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### Thinking about the quadratic dual graphically

Say you have a quadratic algebra $A$ , that is, an algebra defined by a finite list of generators over a ground ring $k$ (either a field or a direct product of fields, which will be assumed ...

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### simplicial complex equipped with barycenric metric is complete [closed]

Consider a simplicial complex $C$. On its support $$|C|=\lbrace \alpha = \sum_{v\in C}\alpha_{v}v \mid 0\leq \alpha_{v} \leq 1 , \sum_{v\in C}\alpha_{v} =1\mbox{ and }v|{\alpha_{v}} \neq 0\mbox{ is a ...

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### How many triangulations of the genus $g$ surface on $n$ vertices?

By "a triangulation of $X$", I mean a simplicial complex whose geometric realization is homeomorphic to $X$. Tutte showed that the number of combinatorially distinct triangulations $t(n)$ of the ...

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### Is this basis of simplex polynomials known?

Put $R_n=\mathbb{R}[t_0,\dotsc,t_n]/(\sum_it_i-1)$ (the ring of polynomial functions on the $n$-simplex). Consider a monomial $t^a=t_0^{a_0}\dotsb t_n^{a_n}$. Let $(b_0,\dotsc,b_n)$ be the sequence ...

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### Does every simplicial polytope have a topology-preserving contractible edge?

An edge of a triangulated manifold is said to be contractible if it may be contracted to a vertex without modifying the topological type of the underlying manifold. Otherwise, the edge is ...

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### Stanley-Reisner ring of a simplicial complex is a functor?

Let $K$ bea field and $[n]=\{1,\ldots,n\}$ and $K[x]=K[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$. For $\sigma=\{i_1,\ldots,i_k\}\subseteq [n]$, denote $x_\sigma=x_{i_1}\cdots x_{i_k}=\prod_{i\in\sigma}x_i\in K[x]$. Let ...

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### Simplicial chain complex with ordered simplices

Let $X$ be an abstract simplicial complex. Recall that the usual simplicial chain complex for $X$ is defined as follows. Let $C_k(X)$ be the quotient of the free abelian group on formal symbols ...

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### Combinatorial distance between simplicial complexes

Let $K_1$ and $K_2$ be two simplicial complexes.
I am seeking a measure of the distance between $K_1$ and $K_2$ when
viewed as combinatorial objects.
What I have in mind is something like this.
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### Cohomology with compact support and the nerve of a recouvrement

Let $X$ be a simplicial complexe and we assume it localy finite and finite dimensional. We suppose taht there exist a simplicial complexe $Y$ and a map assigning to each vertex $s\in Y$ a finite ...

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### Are there “geometrically nice” sets from which to construct coverings that admit “Vietoris-Rips like” approximations to the nerve?

It is well known that the nerve (or Čech complex) of a covering consisting of metric balls with a common fixed radius is nicely approximated by the Vietoris-Rips complex. Being a flag complex on its ...

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### Higher-dimensional Fáry's theorem?

Fáry's theorem says that every finite simple planar graph admits a planar embedding with straight line edges.
For which $(k,d)$ is it true that every finite $k$-dimensional simplicial complex ...

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### Can one recover the smooth Gauss Bonnet theorem from the combinatorial Gauss Bonnet theorem as an appropriate limit?

First let me state two known theorems.
Theorem 1 (for smooth manifolds): Let $(M,g)$ be a smooth compact two dimensional Riemannian manifold. Then
$$ \int \frac{K}{2 \pi} dA = \chi (M) $$
where $K$ ...

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### When can we determine an $f$-vector or rank-generating function from its unordered list of coefficients?

Let $f_i$ be the number of $i$-dimensional faces in a $d$-dimensional simplicial complex $\Delta $. Recall that the $f$-vector of $\Delta $ is the vector $(f_{-1},f_0,f_1,\dots ,f_d)$ where ...

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### Is there an analogue of the Erdős–Gallai theorem for simplicial complexes?

The Erdős–Gallai theorem gives a necessary and sufficient condition for a finite sequence of natural numbers to be the degree sequence of a simple graph.
In particular $d_1 \ge d_2 \ge \dots \ge d_n$ ...

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### The topology of Arithmetic Progressions of primes

The primary motivation for this question is the following: I would like to extract some topological statistics which capture how arithmetic progressions of prime numbers "fit together" in a manner ...

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### coarser than triangulations “almost partitions” into simplices

The total space $T$ of an embedded into $\mathbb{R}^n$ pure $n$-dimensional simplicial complex (in other words, the union of finitely many $n$-dimensional compact convex polytopes) sometimes admits an ...

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### Homotopy of random simplicial complexes

A random graph on $n$ vertices is defined by selectiung the edges according to some probability distribution, the simplest case being the one where the edge between any two vertices exists with ...

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### Simply connected simplicial complexes

Let $Z$ be a simply connected, two dimensional simplicial complex.
Let $X\subset Z$ be a finite subcomplex with nontrivial $\pi_{1}$.
Must there exist a finite, simply connected subcomplex $Y\subset ...

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### Effect on homology of decorating vertices of a simplicial complex

In my research, the following construction came up.
Let $X$ be an $n$-dimensional simplicial complex. For an integer $m \geq 1$, let $X[m]$ denote the following simplicial complex. The vertices of ...

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### Constructible fans

Hi,
the face poset of a complete simplicial fan is a simplicial sphere. It is not shellable in general, but Kleinschmidt, Smilansky and Onn shown that it is always partitionnable. Constructibility is ...

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### Do bistellar flips in a simplicial sphere preserve facet connectivity?

Define two facets of a simplicial sphere as k-connected if there are at least k disjoint edge-vertex paths between them in their facet-ridge graphs.
Do bistellar flips preserve facet k-connectivity?
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### Is Euler characteristic of a simplicial complex upper bounded by a polynomial in the number of its facets ?

What is the best upper bound known on the (absolute value of) the
Euler characteristic of a simplicial complex
in terms of the number of its facets ?
In particular, I am interested in proving or ...

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### A simplicial complex which is not collapsible, but whose barycentric subdivision is

Does anyone know of a simplicial complex which is not collapsible but whose barycentric subdivision is?
Every collapsible complex is necessarily contractible, and subdivision preserves the ...

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### Are there lots of integer homology three-spheres?

The problem of counting combinatorial three-spheres with $N$ simplices has implications for some partition functions in physics (see a paper by Benedetti and Ziegler for more background and ...

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### Can one do without a classifying space when showing vanishing of cohomology

Let $G$ be a discrete group and $A$ an abelian group, then $H^n (G,A)$ can be defined as $$ H^n (G,A) = H^n (B_G, A)$$
Where $B_G$ is the classifying space of $G$, i.e. $B_G = E_G / G$ where $E_G$ is ...