We characterize the cd-indices of Gorenstein* posets of rank 5, equivalently the flag f-vectors of order complexes triangulating rational homology 3-spheres, and show they are also the characterization of the flag f-vectors of the subfamily of regular CW-complexes homeomorphic to the 3-sphere. As a corollary, we characterize the f-vectors of Gorenstein* order complexes in dimensions 3 and 4. This characterization gives rise to a speculated intimate connection between the f-vectors of flag homology spheres and the f-vectors of Gorenstein* order complexes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Mathematics