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Moduli spaces of line arrangements (with undergraduates)
A complex projective line arrangement is a collection of complex projective lines in the complex projective plane, a 4manifold. Given the combinatorial intersection data of these lines, the moduli space is the collection of all geometric realizations of this data. When this moduli space is a single connected component or two components that are complex conjugate to each other, the arrangement cannot be a Zariski pair (see below)


17. Classification of moduli spaces of 11line arrangements with quadruples (joint with Jordan Buhmann, Alexander May, and Shiyu Shu)


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS Jordan Buhmann '19, Alexander May '19, and Shiyu Shu '19: I worked with undergraduate math majors Jordan Buhmann, Alexander May, and Shiyu Shu (double major in economics) as part of Vassar's Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) the summer before their senior years. Alex is currently a graduate student at Queen's University in Canada. Shiyu is currently a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University.
They presented a poster on their project at Summer Combo in Vermont, presented a poster at the URSI symposium, and presented a poster at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. This group outlined a classification of the moduli spaces of nonreductive 11 line arrangements with quadruples and completed five out of the fourteen cases.


16. On transformations of the complex projective plane and applications to line arrangements (joint with Jordan Buhmann, Baian Liu, Alexander May, and Shiyu Shu), preprint available


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT Sarah Goodhill, Vassar College '22: I worked with incoming first year student Sarah Goodhill as part of Vassar's Diving Into Research (DIR) the summer before she starts college at Vassar. She presented a poster on her project at the URSI symposium. Sarah showed that there exactly four simple arrangements of six real projective lines in RP^2 and that there are exactly eleven simple arrangments of seven real projective lines in RP^2, but this result had been proven already by several other people, including former Vassar professor Louise D. Cummings in the 1930s.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT Kevin Ros, Vassar College '20: I worked with undergraduate computer science major Kevin Ros throughout his sophomore year and during the summer before his junior year. Kevin created a database for line arrangements.


15. Moduli spaces of oneline extensions of (10_3)configurations (joint with Baian Liu), preprint available


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT Baian Liu, Vassar College '18: I worked with undergraduate math major Baian Liu throughout his junior and senior years and as part of Vassar's Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) the summer before his senior year. Baian is currently a graduate student at The Ohio State University. He presented a poster on his project at Summer Combo in Vermont, gave a 1015 minute talk at MAA's MathFest in Chicago, presented a poster at the URSI symposium, presented a poster at Discrete Math Day at Queens College, and presented a poster at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, for which he was recognized as having given an Outstanding Poster. Baian completed the classification of the moduli spaces of nonreductive 11 line arrangements obtained by adding an eleventh line through a (10_3) configuration.

Random Chebyshev knots
Random knots go back several decades; in these models experimentalists distinguished small knots. The goal of a random knot diagram is to shed light on the relationship between knot invariants that can be computed directly from the diagram. Because of the nice combinatorial structure offered by the geometric parametrizations of knots by Chebyshev polynomials, these diagrams present a useful random knot model.


14. Crossing numbers of random twobridge knots (joint with Chaim EvenZohar and Sunder Ram Krishnan), Topology and its Applications 247 (2018) 100114. http://arxiv.org/abs/1606.00277


12. Random knots using Chebyshev billiard table diagrams, (joint with Sunder Ram Krishnan), Topology and its Applications 194 (2015) 421. http://arxiv.org/abs/1505.07681


TALK 12. The probability of choosing the unknot among 2bridge knots


TALK 11. 6 reasons to love Chebyshev knots and billiard table diagrams


11. The Jones polynomials of 3bridge knots via Chebyshev knots and billiard table diagrams, submitted, http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.6614, inspired by visits with and work of PierreVincent Koseleff and Daniel Pecker of the University of Paris 6


EXPOSITORY ARTICLE. A Knot Game with _not KNerds, (joint with Allison Henrich), on games on knots, Math Horizons Vol. 20, Nov 2012.

Zariski pairs of line arrangements
These are pairs of complex projective line arrangements with the same combinatorial intersection data but whose complements have different topological type. Surprisingly little is known about this class of objects, as very few examples exist. We search for candidates.


13. A distance between real line arrangements and examples (joint with Meirav Amram Topol, Hao Sun, and Mina Teicher), submitted


9. Combinatorial symmetry of line arrangements and applications (joint with Meirav Amram Topol, Hao Sun, Mina Teicher, Fei Ye, and Anna Zarkh), Topology and its Applications 193 (2015) 226247. http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.0700


TALK 89. Arrangements of lines: when the combinatorics fails to understand the topology, mostly figures and tables to accompany a chalk talk


8. Moduli spaces of tenline arrangements with double and triple points (joint with Meirav Amram Topol, Mina Teicher, and Fei Ye), submitted, http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.6105


VIDEOS 8. I created a pair of Geometry and Topology Today videos discussing my mathematics for a general audience and for graduate students together with Scott Baldridge and David Shea Vela Vick of the LSU Topology group.

Dimer graphs from knots
Given a knot diagram, overlay both of its Tait checkerboard graphs on top of one another. This produces a plane bipartite graph with nice combinatorial structure.


7. A correspondence between complexes and knots, submitted, http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.2553,
a note to be included in the forthcoming book on Discrete Morse Theory by Bruno Benedetti and Alexander Engstrom


POSTER 67. Discrete Morse functions obtained from knots, made using the LaTeX package tikzposter


6. Kauffman's clock lattice as a graph of perfect matchings: a formula for its height (joint with Mina Teicher), Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 21 (2014), no. 4, #P4.31. available online through the journal


TALK 6. Kauffman's clock lattice as a graph of perfect matchings: a formula for its height


3. A twisted dimer model for knots (joint with Oliver Dasbach and Heather M. Russell), Fundamenta Mathematicae 225 (2014), 5774. http://arxiv.org/abs/1010.5228


TALK 3. Dimer models for the Alexander and twisted Alexander polynomials of knots


2. A determinant formula for the Jones polynomial of pretzel knots, Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications vol. 21 (2012), no. 6, 1250062 (23 pages). http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.3661


TALK 2. A dimer model for the Jones polynomial of pretzel knots


DISSERTATION. Dimer models for knot polynomials (2010)

Knots and dessin d'enfent
Knot diagrams as graphs on surfaces

10. The graded count of quasitrees is not a knot invariant (previously called: A counterexample to Question 1 of ``A survey on the Turaev genus of knots'') (joint with Cody Armond),
Proceedings of the American Math. Society, Volume 144, (2016), no. 5, Pages 22852290,
http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.3259,
answering a question of Abhijit Champanerkar and Ilya Kofman


4. A reduced set of moves on onevertex ribbon graphs coming from links (joint with Susan Abernathy, Cody Armond, Oliver Dasbach, Hannah Mannuel, Chris Penn, Heather M. Russell, Neal Stoltzfus), Proceedings of the American Math. Society 142 (2014), no. 3, 737752. http://arxiv.org/abs/1112.5172

Knots and braid monodromy factorizations
Counting lattice points in polytopes
Submitted papers  see the arXiv for a complete list:
13.

A distance between real line arrangements and examples,
(joint with Meirav Amram Topol, Hao Sun, and Mina Teicher)

preprint available


2016

submitted

11.

The Jones polynomials of 3bridge knots via Chebyshev knots and billiard table diagrams,
inspired by visits with and work of PierreVincent Koseleff and Daniel Pecker of the University of Paris 6

arXiv:1409.6614,

Talk

2014

submitted

8.

Moduli spaces of tenline arrangements with double and triple points,
(joint with Meirav Amram Topol, Mina Teicher, and Fei Ye)

arXiv:1306.6105,

Talk, Video

2013

submitted

14.

Crossing numbers of random twobridge knots,
(joint with Chaim EvenZohar and Sunder Ram Krishnan)

arXiv:1606.00277,


2018

Topology and its Applications 247 (2018) 100114.

10.

The graded count of quasitrees is not a knot invariant,
(previously called: A counterexample to Question 1 of ``A survey on the Turaev genus of knots''),
(joint with Cody Armond),
answering a question of Abhijit Champanerkar and Ilya Kofman

journal version,
arXiv:1407.3259,
MathSciNet


2016

Proceedings of the American Math. Society, Volume 144, (2016), no. 5, Pages 22852290,

12.

Random knots using Chebyshev billiard table diagrams,
(joint with Sunder Ram Krishnan)

arXiv:1505.07681,
MathSciNet

Talk

2015

Topology and its Applications 194 (2015) 421.

9.

Combinatorial symmetry of line arrangements and applications,
(joint with Meirav Amram Topol,
Hao Sun, Mina Teicher,
Fei Ye, and Anna Zarkh)

arXiv:1310.0700,
MathSciNet

Talk, Video

Topology and its Applications 193 (2015) 226247.

6.

Kauffman's clock lattice as a graph of perfect matchings: a formula for its height,
(joint with Mina Teicher)

journal version,
MathSciNet

Talk, Poster

2014

Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 21 (2014), no. 4, #P4.31.

5.

Links arising from braid monodromy factorizations,
(joint with Meirav Topol Amram and
Mina Teicher)

arXiv:1212.2193,
MathSciNet

Poster

Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications 23 (2014), no. 2, 1450009 (32 pages).

4.

A reduced set of moves on onevertex ribbon graphs coming from links,
(joint with Susan Abernathy,
Cody Armond,
Oliver Dasbach,
Hannah Mannuel,
Chris Penn,
Heather M. Russell,
Neal Stoltzfus)

arXiv:1112.5172,
MathSciNet


Proceedings of the American Math. Society 142 (2014), no. 3, 737752.

3.

A twisted dimer model for knots,
(joint with Oliver Dasbach and Heather M. Russell)

arXiv:1010.5228,
MathSciNet

Talk

Fundamenta Mathematicae 225 (2014), 5774.

2.

A determinant formula for the Jones polynomial of pretzel knots

arXiv:1011.3661,
MathSciNet

Talk

2012

Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications vol. 21 (2012), no. 6, 1250062 (23 pages).

1.

The number of "magic" squares, cubes, and hypercubes,
(joint with Matthias Beck, Jessica Cuomo, and Paul Gribelyuk)

arXiv:0201013,
MathSciNet


2003

American Mathematical Monthly 110 (2003), no. 8, 707717.

Notes
Selected talks:
Videos:
 Introducing the central problem in line arrangements for a general audience,
as part of Geometry and Topology Today with Scott Baldridge and David Shea Vela Vick of the LSU Topology group.
 On the search for Zariski pairs of line arrangements among arrangements of ten lines for graduate students,
as part of Geometry and Topology Today with Scott Baldridge and David Shea Vela Vick of the LSU Topology group.
Acknowledged in the works of others:
