Journal of Commutative Algebra

Apolarity for determinants and permanents of generic matrices

Sepideh Masoumeh Shafiei

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We show that the apolar ideals to the determinant and permanent of a generic matrix, the Pfaffian of a generic skew symmetric matrix and the hafnian of a generic symmetric matrix are each generated in degree~2. As a consequence, using a result of Ranestad and Schreyer, we give lower bounds to the cactus rank and rank of each of these invariants. We compare these bounds with those obtained by Landsberg and Teitler.

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J. Commut. Algebra, Volume 7, Number 1 (2015), 89-123.

First available in Project Euclid: 2 March 2015

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Primary: 13H10: Special types (Cohen-Macaulay, Gorenstein, Buchsbaum, etc.) [See also 14M05] 14N15: Classical problems, Schubert calculus

Determinant permanent Pfaffian hafnian apolar ideal Waring rank cactus rank Gröbner basis


Shafiei, Sepideh Masoumeh. Apolarity for determinants and permanents of generic matrices. J. Commut. Algebra 7 (2015), no. 1, 89--123. doi:10.1216/JCA-2015-7-1-89.

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