On the Betti Numbers of Chessboard Complexes
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  • Abstract:

    In this paper we study the Betti numbers of a type of simplicial complex known as a chessboard complex. We obtain a formula for their Betti numbers as a sum of terms involving partitions. This formula allows us to determine which is the first nonvanishing Betti number (aside from the $0$-th Betti number). We can therefore settle certain cases of a conjecture of \bjetal in \cite{bjorner}. Our formula also shows that all eigenvalues of the Laplacians of the simplicial complexes are integers, and it gives a formula (involving partitions) for the multiplicities of the eigenvalues.