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1759. Gal Binyamini and Nicolai Vorobjov
Effective cylindrical cell decompositions for restricted sub-Pfaffian sets

Submission date: 14 April 2020


The o-minimal structure generated by the restricted Pfaffian functions, known as restricted sub-Pfaffian sets, admits a natural measure of complexity in terms of a format F, recording information like the number of variables and quantifiers involved in the definition of the set, and a degree D recording the degrees of the equations involved. Khovanskii and later Gabrielov and Vorobjov have established many effective estimates for the geometric complexity of sub-Pfaffian sets in terms of these parameters. It is often important in applications that these estimates are polynomial in D.
Despite much research done in this area, it is still not known whether cell decomposition, the foundational operation of o-minimal geometry, preserves polynomial dependence on D. We slightly modify the usual notions of format and degree and prove that with these revised notions this does in fact hold. As one consequence we also obtain the first polynomial (in D) upper bounds for the sum of Betti numbers of sets defined using quantified formulas in the restricted sub-Pfaffian structure.

Mathematics Subject Classification: 14P15, 03C10, 03C64

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Full text arXiv 2004.06411: pdf, ps.

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