3:00 p.m., Friday (November 3, 2006)

MATX 1100

Kalle Karu

Combinatorics of the blowup-blowdown conjecture

The blowup-blowdown conjecture asks if a birational map between algebraic varieties can be factored into a sequence of elementary maps -- blowups and blowdowns. In the case of toric varieties the conjecture can be stated in a combinatorial form. The strong version of this conjecture is still open in all dimensions above 2. In this talk I will explain the algorithms that conjecturally solve the factorisation problem and discuss the combinatorics involved.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m. (Lounge, MATX 1115).

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