Matroidal representations of groups. (arXiv:1810.08674v1 [math.RT])

We develop the rudiments of a finite-dimensional representation theory of groups over idempotent semifields by considering linear actions on tropical linear spaces. This can be considered a tropical representation theory, a characteristic one modular representation theory, or a matroidal representation theory---and we draw from all three perspectives. After some general properties and constructions, including a weak tropical analogue of Maschke's theorem, we turn to a study of the regular representation of a finite group and its tropicalization. For abelian groups we find an interesting interplay between elementary number theory and matroid theory---even cyclic groups are surprisingly rich---and we conclude with some possible first steps toward a tropical character theory. 查看全文>>