Gröbner geometry of Schubert polynomials

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Given a permutation w ∈ S , we consider a determinantal ideal I whose generators are certain minors in the generic n × n matrix (filled with independent variables). Using 'multidegrees' as simple algebraic substitutes for torus-equivariant cohomology classes on vector spaces, our main theorems describe, for each ideal I : variously graded multidegrees and Hubert series in terms of ordinary and double Schubert and Grothendieck polynomials; a Gröbner basis consisting of minors in the generic n × n matrix; the Stanley-Reisner simplicial complex of the initial ideal in terms of known combinatorial diagrams [FK96], [BB93] associated to permutations in S ; and a procedure inductive on weak Bruhat order for listing the facets of this complex. We show that the initial ideal is Cohen-Macaulay, by identifying the Stanley-Reisner complex as a special kind of "subword complex in S ;", which we define generally for arbitrary Coxeter groups, and prove to be shellable by giving an explicit vertex decomposition. We also prove geometrically a general positivity statement for multidegrees of subschemes. Our main theorems provide a geometric explanation for the naturality of Schubert polynomials and their associated combinatorics. More precisely, we apply these theorems to: define a single geometric setting in which polynomial representatives for Schubert classes in the integral cohomology ring of the flag manifold are determined uniquely, and have positive coefficients for geometric reasons; rederive from a topological perspective Fulton's Schubert polynomial formula for universal cohomology classes of degeneracy loci of maps between flagged vector bundles; supply new proofs that Schubert and Grothendieck polynomials represent cohomology and K-theory classes on the flag manifold; and provide determinantal formulae for the multidegrees of ladder determinantal rings. The proofs of the main theorems introduce the technique of "Bruhat induction", consisting of a collection of geometric, algebraic, and combinatorial tools, based on divided and isobaric divided differences, that allow one to prove statements about determinantal ideals by induction on weak Bruhat order. n w w n n

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Knutson, A; Miller, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 161 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 1245 - 1318

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 0003-486X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-486X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4007/annals.2005.161.1245

Citation Source

  • Scopus