Ideals of bounded rank symmetric tensors are generated in bounded degree

  title={Ideals of bounded rank symmetric tensors are generated in bounded degree},
  author={Steven V. Sam},
  journal={Inventiones mathematicae},
  • Steven V. Sam
  • Published 16 October 2015
  • Mathematics
  • Inventiones mathematicae
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