Tag Archives: combinatorics

Free Groups and Tiling

Introduction Consider the following simple problem. Prove that the shape on the left cannot be completely tiled by 20 polygons of the types shown on the right. The solution is rather simple: colour the shape in the following manner. This … Continue reading

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Polynomials and Representations XXIII

Power-Sum Polynomials We will describe how the character table of is related to the expansion of the power-sum symmetric polynomials in terms of monomials. Recall: where exactly since is not defined. Now each irrep of is of the form  for some … Continue reading

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Polynomials and Representations IX

Hall Inner Product Let us resume our discussion of symmetric polynomials. First we define an inner product on d-th component of the formal ring. Recall that the sets are both -bases of . Definition. The Hall inner product is defined by setting and to be … Continue reading

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Polynomials and Representations VIII

Matrix Balls Given a matrix A of non-negative integers, the standard RSK construction masks the symmetry between P and Q, but in fact we have: Symmetry Theorem. If A corresponds to (P, Q), then the transpose of A corresponds to (Q, P). In particular, if A is a … Continue reading

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Polynomials and Representations VII

Our next task is as follows: Given partition and vector , count the number of semistandard Young tableaux with shape and type (i.e. occurs times). Proposition. The number of SSYT with shape and type remains invariant when we permute the … Continue reading

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Polynomials and Representations VI

For now, we will switch gears and study the combinatorics of the matrices and where run over all partitions of d>0. Eventually, we will show that there is a matrix K such that: where J is the permutation matrix swapping and its transpose. … Continue reading

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Polynomials and Representations V

It was clear from the earlier articles that n (number of variables ) plays a minimal role in the combinatorics of the symmetric polynomials. Hence, removing the parameter n turns out to be quite convenient; the process gives us the formal ring of symmetric functions. … Continue reading

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