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.