FoCM 2014 conference

Workshop C1 - Computational Algebraic Geometry - Semi-plenary talk

December 20, 15:35 ~ 16:25 - Room B11

From chemical reaction networks to Descartes' rule of signs

Alicia Dickenstein

Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina   -

In the context of chemical reaction networks with mass-action and other rational kinetics, a major question is to preclude or to guarantee multiple positive steady states. I will explain this motivation and I will present necessary and sufficient conditions in terms of sign vectors for the injectivity of families of polynomials maps with arbitrary real exponents defined on the positive orthant. These conditions extend existing injectivity conditions expressed in terms of Jacobian matrices and determinants, obtained by several authors. In the context of real algebraic geometry, this approach can be seen as the first partial multivariate generalization of the classical Descartes' rule, which bounds the number of positive real roots of a univariate real polynomial in terms of the number of sign variations of its coefficients. This is joint work with Stefan M\"uller, Elisenda Feliu, Georg Regensburger, Anne Shiu and Carsten Conradi. I will also present some further advances in this multivariate generalization obtained in collaboration with Fr\'ed\'eric Bihan.

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