Steven V Sam

Schubert complexes and degeneracy loci
dmtcs:2831 
Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science,
January 1, 2010,
DMTCS Proceedings vol. AN, 22nd International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC 2010)

https://doi.org/10.46298/dmtcs.2831
Schubert complexes and degeneracy lociArticle
Authors: Steven V Sam ^{1}
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Steven V Sam
1 Department of Mathematics [MIT]
The classical Thom―Porteous formula expresses the homology class of the degeneracy locus of a generic map between two vector bundles as an alternating sum of Schur polynomials. A proof of this formula was given by Pragacz by expressing this alternating sum as the Euler characteristic of a Schur complex, which gives an explanation for the signs. Fulton later generalized this formula to the situation of flags of vector bundles by using alternating sums of Schubert polynomials. Building on the Schubert functors of Kraśkiewicz and Pragacz, we introduce Schubert complexes and show that Fulton's alternating sum can be realized as the Euler characteristic of this complex, thereby providing a conceptual proof for why an alternating sum appears. \par