### The central curve of a linear program

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 14:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 006
- Speaker
- Cynthia Vinzant – University of Michigan

The central curve of a linear program is an algebraic curve specified by a hyperplane arrangement and a cost vector. This curve is the union of the various central paths for minimizing or maximizing the cost function over any region in this hyperplane arrangement. I will discuss the algebraic properties of this curve and its beautiful global geometry, both of which are controlled by the corresponding matroid and hyperplane arrangement.