Séminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire, 85B.46 (2021), 12 pp.

Federico Castillo, Yairon Cid-Ruiz, Binglin Li, Jonathan Monta and Naizhen Zhang

When are Multidegrees Positive?

Abstract. Let k be an arbitrary field, P = Pkm1 ×k ... ×k Pkmp be a multiprojective space over k, and XP be a closed subscheme of P. We provide necessary and sufficient conditions for the positivity of the multidegrees of X. As a consequence of our methods, we show that when X is irreducible, the support of multidegrees forms a discrete algebraic polymatroid. In algebraic terms, we characterize the positivity of the mixed multiplicities of a standard multigraded algebra over an Artinian local ring, and we apply this to the positivity of mixed multiplicities of ideals. Furthermore, we use our results to recover several results in the literature in the context of combinatorial algebraic geometry.

Received: December 1, 2020. Accepted: March 1, 2021. Final version: April 29, 2021.

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