# Segre Classes of reducible variety

Suppose I have a singular projective variety $X\subset \mathbb{P}^n$ that is reducible with $X=\bigcup_i X_i$ smooth irreducible components. That is, the irreducible components are smooth but $X$ is singular along the intersections of the $X_i$.

I would like to compute the Segre classes $s_t(X,\mathbb{P}^n)$. In particular I (optimistically) wonder whether one can obtain these classes in terms of the Segre classes $s_j(X_i,\mathbb{P}^n)$ of the irreducible componentes. If not, what would I need more to compute $s_t(X,\mathbb{P}^n)$?

• Segre classes of what vector bundle do you want to compute? Sep 28, 2016 at 9:45
• It is the Segre classes of $X$ inside $\mathbb{P}^n$, so I think they are the classes of the normal cone of $X$. Oct 1, 2016 at 17:34

Unfortunately Segre class doesn't share very good inclusion-exclusion property. For example, Let $$Y$$ ve irreducible smooth, and let $$X=\cup_t C_t\subset Y$$ is a union of curves. Assume that the intersection of curves are only nodal type point (no three points collapse together, and no tangent points). Then we have the following $$s(X,Y)=\sum_t s(C_t,Y)+\sum [C_a\cap C_b] .$$ For general case, it will get only more complicated. For a detailed discussion, you can read this paper by Aluffi (https://www.math.fsu.edu/~aluffi/archive/paper165.pdf)