Bounds on the number of real solutions to polynomial equations
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We use Gale duality for polynomial complete intersections and adapt the proof of the fewnomial bound for positive solutions to obtain the bound (e^4+3) 2^(k choose 2) n^k/4 for the number of non-zero real solutions to a system of n polynomials in n variables having n+k+1 monomials whose exponent vectors generate a subgroup of Z^n of odd index. This bound exceeds the bound for positive solutions only by the constant factor (e^4+3)/(e^2+3) and it is asymptotically sharp for k fixed and n large.