Category Archives: Math

The uniform word problem for finite semigroups

The goal of this post is to prove the following theorem of Gurevich. Stronger results have been proven by Mark Sapir and can be found in his survey with Olga Kharlampovich. The version stated here lets one prove the results … Continue reading

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The first order theory of two endomorphisms of a finite dimensional vector space is undecidable

I was asked by Melvvyn Nathanson to give a talk last year at his summer number theory seminar at the CUNY grad center about problems of wild type and in what sense they are wild. Many books, papers and lecture … Continue reading

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Equalizers of free monoid morphisms, supports of rational power series and a question of Pin

In this mathoverflow question, J.-E. Pin asked if it is decidable whether the support of a -rational power series in non-commuting variables is a regular language. I pointed out that the answer is no and will elaborate here because it … Continue reading

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Isomorphism of oriented matroids from a semigroup viewpoint

This is in some sense a sequel to this post. Basically, I want to show that the somewhat awkward, in my opinion, definition of isomorphism of oriented matroids found, for example, here can be interpreted as isomorphism of underlying unary … Continue reading

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Hyperplane face semigroups and zonotopes

Hyperplane face semigroups have attracted interest in recent years due to applications to Markov chains, descent algebras and buildings. Here I’ll describe an alternative way to think about hyperplane face semigroups from the zonotope view point.

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Endomorphism monoids of finite topological spaces

This post is inspired by this Mathoverflow question. The question asks when a transformation monoid on a set can be the monoid of all continuous maps for some topology on . The OP observes that the monoid must contain all … Continue reading

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Combinatorics on Words

I am recording here some neat proofs of some theorems on combinatorics on words. No great originality is claimed.

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Welcome to Semigroups

This is my new blog. I’m not sure how often I will get around to posting, but I’ll try to be doing it from time to time.

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