The complex of pant decompositions of a surface [article]

Silvia Benvenuti, Riccardo Piergallini
2007 arXiv   pre-print
We exhibit a set of edges (moves) and 2-cells (relations) making the complex of pant decompositions on a surface a simply connected complex. Our construction, unlike the previous ones, keeps the arguments concerning the structural transformations independent from those deriving from the action of the mapping class group. The moves and the relations turn out to be supported in subsurfaces with 3g-3+n=1,2 (where g is the genus and n is the number of boundary components), illustrating in this way the so called Grothendieck principle.
arXiv:0710.1483v2 fatcat:j4auqkkjtrgkrfiwiybizvva6q