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Texas A&M University

Geometry Seminar

Date: November 18, 2019

Time: 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Location: BLOC 628

Speaker: Elise Walker, Texas A&M University


Title: Toric degenerations and optimal homotopies from finite Khovanskii bases

Abstract: Homotopies are useful numerical methods for solving systems of polynomial equations. I will present such a homotopy method using Khovanskii bases. Finite Khovanskii bases provide a flat degeneration to a toric variety, which consequentially gives a homotopy. The polyhedral homotopy, which is implemented in PHCPack, can be used to solve for points on a general linear section of this toric variety. These points can then be traced via the Khovanskii homotopy to points on a general linear slice of the original variety. This is joint work with Michael Burr and Frank Sottile.