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# Dave Rose : Categorification and knot homology

Categorification can be viewed as the process of lifting scalar and polynomial invariants to homology theories having those invariants as (graded) Euler characteristics. In this talk, we will discuss categorification in general and as manifested in specific examples (ie Khovanov homology and knot Floer homology). Examples will be given showing how the categorified invariants are stronger and often more useful than the original invariants. I will motivate categorification using familiar constructions from (very basic) topology. It is my hope that this will make the discussion accessible to a wide audience. No prior knowledge of knot theory or category theory needed!

**Category**: Graduate/Faculty Seminar**Duration**: 01:34:53**Date**: February 19, 2010 at 4:25 PM**Views**: 110-
**Tags:**seminar, Graduate/faculty Seminar

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