S. Elnitsky (1997) gave an elegant bijection between rhombic tilings of 2n-gons and commutation classes of reduced words in the symmetric group on n letters. P. Magyar (1998) found an important construction of the Bott-Samelson varieties introduced by H. C. Hansen (1973) and M. Demazure (1974). We explain a natural connection between S. Elnitsky’s and P. Magyar’s results. This suggests using tilings to encapsulate Bott-Samelson data (in type A). It also indicates a geometric perspective on S. Elnitsky’s bijection. We also extend this construction by assigning desingularizations of Schubert varieties to the zonotopal tilings considered by B. Tenner (2006).
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