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abstract:
- lang: eng
text: "The first part of the thesis considers the computational aspects of the homotopy
groups πd(X) of a topological space X. It is well known that there is no algorithm
to decide whether the fundamental group π1(X) of a given finite simplicial complex
X is trivial. On the other hand, there are several algorithms that, given a finite
simplicial complex X that is simply connected (i.e., with π1(X) trivial), compute
the higher homotopy group πd(X) for any given d ≥ 2.\r\nHowever, these algorithms
come with a caveat: They compute the isomorphism type of πd(X), d ≥ 2 as an abstract
finitely generated abelian group given by generators and relations, but they work
with very implicit representations of the elements of πd(X). We present an algorithm
that, given a simply connected space X, computes πd(X) and represents its elements
as simplicial maps from suitable triangulations of the d-sphere Sd to X. For fixed
d, the algorithm runs in time exponential in size(X), the number of simplices
of X. Moreover, we prove that this is optimal: For every fixed d ≥ 2,\r\nwe construct
a family of simply connected spaces X such that for any simplicial map representing
a generator of πd(X), the size of the triangulation of S d on which the map is
defined, is exponential in size(X).\r\nIn the second part of the thesis, we prove
that the following question is algorithmically undecidable for d < ⌊3(k+1)/2⌋,
k ≥ 5 and (k, d) ̸= (5, 7), which covers essentially everything outside the meta-stable
range: Given a finite simplicial complex K of dimension k, decide whether there
exists a piecewise-linear (i.e., linear on an arbitrarily fine subdivision of
K) embedding f : K ↪→ Rd of K into a d-dimensional Euclidean space."
alternative_title:
- IST Austria Thesis
author:
- first_name: Stephan Y
full_name: Zhechev, Stephan Y
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last_name: Zhechev
citation:
ama: Zhechev SY. *Algorithmic Aspects of Homotopy Theory and Embeddability*.
IST Austria; 2019. doi:10.15479/AT:ISTA:6681
apa: Zhechev, S. Y. (2019). *Algorithmic aspects of homotopy theory and embeddability*.
IST Austria. https://doi.org/10.15479/AT:ISTA:6681
chicago: Zhechev, Stephan Y. *Algorithmic Aspects of Homotopy Theory and Embeddability*.
IST Austria, 2019. https://doi.org/10.15479/AT:ISTA:6681.
ieee: S. Y. Zhechev, *Algorithmic aspects of homotopy theory and embeddability*.
IST Austria, 2019.
ista: Zhechev SY. 2019. Algorithmic aspects of homotopy theory and embeddability,
IST Austria, 104p.
mla: Zhechev, Stephan Y. *Algorithmic Aspects of Homotopy Theory and Embeddability*.
IST Austria, 2019, doi:10.15479/AT:ISTA:6681.
short: S.Y. Zhechev, Algorithmic Aspects of Homotopy Theory and Embeddability, IST
Austria, 2019.
date_created: 2019-07-26T11:14:34Z
date_published: 2019-08-08T00:00:00Z
date_updated: 2020-07-14T23:11:15Z
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