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In a famous paper, Geir Ellingsrud and Stein Arild Strømme use the Atiyah-Bott localization theorem in equivariant cohomology to compute the number of complex twisted cubics on a complete intersection. Motivated by results from A1-homotopy theory there is a new way of doing such enumerative counts which works over an arbitrary base field, not only the complex numbers. Recently, Marc Levine proved a version of Atiyah-Bott localization for this new way of counting.
In the talk I will recall the classical Atiyah-Bott localization theorem and explain how one can use it in enumerative geometry. Furthermore, I will explain how this new way of counting works and present some results about twisted cubics on complete intersections counted this way. This is based on joint work with Marc Levine.
Marginal maximum likelihood estimation of longitudinal latent variable models for ordinal observed variables is challenging due to the high latent dimensionality required to accurately model residual dependencies for repeated measurements. We use second-order Laplace approximations to the high-dimensional integrals in the marginal likelihood function for longitudinal item response theory models and implement an efficient estimation method based on the approximations. The method is illustrated with items from the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, administered at four time points in a Hong Kong study of aging and well-being. We discuss the limitations of the proposed estimation method and outline a potential extension to the approach that uses a dimension-reduction technique.
Stable polynomials are a multivariate generalization of real-rooted univariate polynomials. This notion of stability for hypersurfaces can be extended to lower-dimensional varieties, giving rise to positively hyperbolic varieties. I will present results showing that tropicalizations of positively hyperbolic varieties are very special polyhedral complexes with a rich combinatorial structure. This, in particular, generalizes a result of P. Brändén showing that the support of a stable polynomial must be an M-convex set.