### A chracterization of A-discriminantal hypersurfaces in terms of the logarithmic Gauss map.

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We compute the essential dimension of the functors Forms${}_{n,d}$ and Hypersurf${}_{n,d}$ of equivalence classes of homogeneous polynomials in $n$ variables and hypersurfaces in ${\mathbb{P}}^{n-1}$, respectively, over any base field $k$ of characteristic $0$. Here two polynomials (or hypersurfaces) over $K$ are considered equivalent if they are related by a linear change of coordinates with coefficients in $K$. Our proof is based on a new Genericity Theorem for algebraic stacks, which is of independent interest. As another application of the...

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