A Flag Whitney Number Formula for Matroid Kazhdan-Lusztig Polynomials

  • Max Wakefield
Keywords: Matroid, Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomial, Incidence algebra, Characteristic polynomial, Poset


For a representation of a matroid the combinatorially defined Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomial computes the intersection cohomology of the associated reciprocal plane. However, these polynomials are difficult to compute and there are numerous open conjectures about their structure. For example, it is unknown whether or not the coefficients are non-negative for non-representable matroids. The main result in this note is a combinatorial formula for the coefficients of these matroid Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials in terms of flag Whitney numbers. This formula gives insight into some vanishing behavior of the matroid Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials.

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