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Ordinary multiple points

Posted by Martin Orr on Monday, 10 May 2010 at 21:41

Singular points in a curve are places where curve fails to be smooth: intuitively, multiple points of the curve pile up on top of each other. In this post I will describe a simple invariant of curve singularities, the multiplicity, which essentially counts how many points are piled up there. In the simplest case of an ordinary multiple point, I describe how to use the previous post's algorithm to compute a power series for each branch of the curve near the singularity.

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