Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 February 2012
In order to understand the parameter space Ξd of monic and centered complex polynomial vector fields in ℂ of degree d, decomposed by the combinatorial classes of the vector fields, it is interesting to know the number of loci in parameter space consisting of vector fields with the same combinatorial data (corresponding to topological classification with fixed separatrices at infinity). This paper answers questions posed by Adam L. Epstein and Tan Lei about the total number of combinatorial classes and the number of combinatorial classes corresponding to loci of a specific (real) dimension q in parameter space, for fixed degree d; these numbers are denoted by cd and cd,q, respectively. These results are extensions of a result by Douady, Estrada, and Sentenac, which shows that the number of combinatorial classes of the structurally stable complex polynomial vector fields in ℂ of degree d is the Catalan number Cd−1. We show that enumerating the combinatorial classes is equivalent to a so-called bracketing problem. Then we analyze the generating functions and find closed-form expressions for cd and cd,q, and we furthermore make an asymptotic analysis of these sequences for d tending to ∞. These results are also applicable to special classes of quadratic and Abelian differentials and singular holomorphic foliations of the plane.
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