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Action on C[[X,Y]]/f(X,Y) giving complete intersection quotients

Let $R \colon\!= {\Bbb C}[[X,Y]]/(f(X,Y))$ be a complete local ring of Krull-dimension $1$. Assume that we have an action of $\Bbb Z$ on $R$ such that fixed elements by $\Bbb Z$ in $R$ are only ...
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Applications for knowing the singularities parametrized by the boundary of a moduli space

Given a moduli space $M$ of some smooth algebraic geometric object such as curves, surfaces, etc. Let $\overline{M}$ be a compactification of $M$. Then, $\overline{M}\setminus M$ introduces ...
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Is a 'generic' variety nonsingular? Or singular?

I'd like to know whether there's some coherent meaning of 'generic' for which one can say that a 'generic' variety over an algebraically closed field $K$, say, is nonsingular or singular. We could ...