Indexed on: 10 May '06Published on: 10 May '06Published in: Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry
A topological invariant of a polynomial map $p:X\to B$ from a complex surface containing a curve $C\subset X$ to a one-dimensional base is given by a rational second homology class in the compactification of the moduli space of genus $g$ curves with $n$ labeled points $\modmgn$. Here the generic fibre of $p$ has genus $g$ and intersects $C$ in $n$ points. In this paper we give an efficient method to calculate this homology class. We apply this to any polynomial in two complex variables $p :\bc^2\to\bc$ where the $n$ points on a fibre are its points at infinity.