Real solutions to systems of polynomial equations and parameter continuation

Zachary A. Griffin, Jonathan D. Hauenstein
2015 Advances in Geometry  
AbstractGiven a parameterized family of polynomial equations, a fundamental question is to determine upper and lower bounds on the number of real solutions a member of this family can have and, if possible, compute where the bounds are sharp. A computational approach to this problem was developed by Dietmaier in 1998 who used a local linearization procedure to move in the parameter space to change the number of real solutions. He used this approach to show that there exists a Stewart-Gough
more » ... Stewart-Gough platform that attains the maximum of forty real assembly modes. Due to the necessary ill-conditioning near the discriminant locus, we propose replacing the local linearization near the discriminant locus with a homotopy-based method derived from the method of gradient descent arising in optimization. This new hybrid approach is then used to develop a new result in real enumerative geometry.
doi:10.1515/advgeom-2015-0004 fatcat:whyr3zwxjvdkln6h4xyscc4vpy