How to Draw Tropical Planes

Sven Herrmann, Anders Jensen, Michael Joswig, Bernd Sturmfels


The tropical Grassmannian parameterizes tropicalizations of ordinary linear spaces, while the Dressian parameterizes all tropical linear spaces in ${\Bbb T}{\Bbb P}^{n-1}$. We study these parameter spaces and we compute them explicitly for $n \leq 7$. Planes are identified with matroid subdivisions and with arrangements of trees. These representations are then used to draw pictures.

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