Multivariate Splines and Algebraic Geometry


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The focus of the proposed minisymposium is on problems in approximation theory that may be studied using techniques from commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. Research interests of the participants relevant to the minisymposium fall broadly under multivariate spline theory, interpolation, and geometric modeling. For instance, a main problem of interest is to study the Hilbert function and algebraic structure of the spline module; recently there have been several advances on this front using notions from algebraic geometry. Nevertheless this problem remains elusive in low degree; the dimension of the space of piecewise cubics on a planar triangulation (especially relevant for applications) is still unknown in general!

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