# Matroids seminar

The matroids seminar & reading group meets **10:00--10:45 on Fridays in Van Vleck 901** in order to discuss matroids from a variety of viewpoints.
In particular, we aim to

- survey open conjectures and recent work in the area
- compute many interesting examples
- discover concrete applications

We are happy to have new leaders of the discussion, and the wide range of topics to which matroids are related mean that each week is a great chance for a new participant to drop in!

To help develop an inclusive environment, a subset of the organizers will be available before the talk in the ninth floor lounge to informally discuss background material e.g., "What is a variety?" (this is especially for those coming from an outside area).

1/18/2019 |
Introduction to matroidsWe'll cover the basic definitions and some examples, roughly following these notes. |

1/25/2019 & 2/1/2019 |
Algebraic matroidsWe talk about algebraic matroids, matroid polytopes, and their connection to algebraic geometry. |

2/8/2019 |
Proving the Heron-Rota-Welsh conjectureWe outline the proof of the Heron-Rota-Welsh conjecture given by Adiprasito, Huh, and Katz in their paper Hodge theory for combinatorial geometries |

2/15/2019 |
Colin Crowley
Matroid polytopesWe outline the original formulation of matroid polytopes as moment polytopes of subvarieties of the Grassmanian, following Combinatorial Geometries, Convex Polyhedra, and Schbert Cells. |