# 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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### Definition of loop amplituhedrons

In the paper The Amplituhedron
, Nima Arkani-Hamed and Jaroslav Trnka introduced the geometric object amplituhedron. It is defined as follows (see also the lecture notes).
Let $Z$ be a $(k+m)\times ...

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### Decorated permutations and subset permutations

Decorated permutations are defined as permutations where the fix-points come in two colors (say $\overline{\cdot}$ and $\underline{\cdot}$). For example, the 16 decorated permutations of length 3 are
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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 ...

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### On totally nonnegative Grassmannian

I was reading Postnikov's paper [TOTAL POSITIVITY, GRASSMANNiANS, AND NETWORKS][1] when I came across the definition of the totally nonnegative Grassmannian $Gr_{kn}^{tnn} \subset Gr_{kn}$ as the ...

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### Eigenvectors of a certain big upper triangular matrix

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 &...