# Questions tagged [total-positivity]

For questions related to totally positive (or totally nonnegative) matrices, and related topics such as total positivity in a more general Lie-theoretic setting. (Not related to "totally positive integers" in the number-theoretic sense.)

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### $q$-analogs of total positivity

A real matrix $M$ is called totally positive if all of its minors are positive; these matrices have been extensively studied, and there are generalizations to other Lie types, for example by Lusztig. ...
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### Cyclic shift acting on finite Grassmannian

The (twisted) cyclic shift $(v_1,v_2,\ldots,v_n) \mapsto (v_2,v_3,\ldots,v_n,(-1)^{k-1}v_1)$ acting on the Grassmannian $\mathrm{Gr}(\mathbb{C};k,n)$ of $k$-planes in $\mathbb{C}^n$ is an important ...
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### Biographical information on Anne Marie Whitney

I am looking for information on the mathematician Anne Marie Whitney. She wrote a number of significant papers related to total positivity with her thesis adviser Isaac Schoenberg. All I could find on ...
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### What is the symmetry group of the totally nonnegative Grassmannian $Gr_{tnn}(k,n)$?

What is the symmetry group of the totally nonnegative Grassmannian $Gr_{tnn}(k,n)$? [The latter consists of those elements of the Grassmannian that can be represented by $k \times n$-matrices all of ...
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### Vandermonde matrix is totally positive

A totally positive matrix $M\in \mathcal{M}_{n\times m}(\mathbb R)$ is such that all of its minors of all sizes are positive. It is true that any Vandermonde matrix (with well-ordered positive entries)...
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### Big cells in a Grassmann and permutations

In the lecture notes, it is said that (Theorem 3.1.3) the set of positroid cells in $Gr(k,n)$ are in one to one correspondence with the set of bounded affine permutations of type $(k,n)$. In Example 4....
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### Total positivity of $q$-Pascal matrix?

A matrix of real numbers is called totally positive if all its minors are non-negative. A well-known example is the Pascal matrix $(\binom{i}{j})$. Is it true that the minors of the $q$-Pascal matrix ...
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### Spectra of certain totally positive matrices

Let $S$ be the set of $3 \times 3$ matrices $A$ satisfying the following conditions: All minors are $>0$ (i.e., $A$ is a strictly totally positive matrix); all principal minors are $>1$, except ...
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### An Intriguing Tapestry: Number triangles, polytopes, Grassmannians, and scattering amplitudes

What are the roles that the classic number arrays-- Eulerian, Narayana--play in the application of totally non-negative Grassmannians, or amplituhedrons, to string / twistor scattering theory? (This ...
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### Positroids and Totally Nonnegative Complex Grassmanian

Recently I begin working on matroids, in particular to a generalization of oriented matroids to the complex case. I found on arxiv the following interesting articles: 1)Alexander Postnikov: Total ...
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### What is the amplituhedron?

The paper ”Scattering Amplitudes and the Positive Grassmannian” by Nima Arkani-Hamed, Jacob L. Bourjaily, Freddy Cachazo, Alexander B. Goncharov, Alexander Postnikov, and Jaroslav Trnka, introduces ...
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### The amplituhedron minus the physics

Is it possible to appreciate the geometric/polytopal properties of the amplituhedron without delving into the physics that gave rise to it? All the descriptions I've so far encountered assume ...
I was reading Postnikov's paper [TOTAL POSITIVITY, GRASSMANNiANS, AND NETWORKS] when I came across the definition of the totally nonnegative Grassmannian $Gr_{kn}^{tnn} \subset Gr_{kn}$ as the ...
I'm looking at this matrix:  \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1/2 & 1/8 & 1/48 & 1/384 & \dots \\ 0 & 1/2 & 1/4 & 1/16 & 1/96 & \dots \\ 0 & 0 & 1/8 & 1/16 &...