# Castelnuovo–Mumford regularity

In algebraic geometry, the Castelnuovo–Mumford regularity of a coherent sheaf F over projective space Pn is the smallest integer r such that it is r-regular, meaning that

$H^i(\mathbf{P}^n, F(r-i))=0 \,$

whenever i > 0. The regularity of a subscheme is defined to be the regularity of its sheaf of ideals. The regularity controls when the Hilbert function of the sheaf becomes a polynomial; more precisely dim H0(Pn, F(m)) is a polynomial in m when m is at least the regularity. The concept of r-regularity was introduced by Mumford (1966, lecture 14), who attributed the following results to Guido Castelnuovo:

$\cdots\rightarrow F_j \rightarrow\cdots\rightarrow F_0\rightarrow M\rightarrow 0$
These two notions of regularity coincide when F is a coherent sheaf such that Ass(F) contains no closed points. Then the graded module M= $\oplus$d∈Z H0(Pn,F(d)) is finitely generated and has the same regularity as F.