Counting with Symmetric Functions
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The text begins by introducing fundamental combinatorial objects such as permutations and integer partitions, as well as generating functions. Symmetric functions are considered in the next chapter, with a unique emphasis on the combinatorics of the transition matrices between bases of symmetric functions. Chapter 3 uses this introductory material to describe how to find an assortment of generating functions for permutation statistics, and then these techniques are extended to find generating functions for a variety of objects in Chapter 4. The next two chapters present the Robinson-Schensted-Knuth algorithm and a method for proving Pólya’s enumeration theorem using symmetric functions. Chapters 7 and 8 are more specialized than the preceding ones, covering consecutive pattern matches in permutations, words, cycles, and alternating permutations and introducing the reciprocity method as a way to define ring homomorphisms with desirable properties.
Counting with Symmetric Functions will appeal to graduate students and researchers in mathematics or related subjects who are interested in counting methods, generating functions, or symmetric functions. The unique approach taken and results and exercises explored by the authors make it an important contribution to the mathematical literature.
Preface.- Permutations, Partitions, and Power Series.- Symmetric Functions.- Counting with the Elementary and Homogeneous.- Counting with a Nonstandard Basis.- Counting with RSK.- Counting Problems that Involve Symmetry.- Consecutive Patterns.- The Reciprocity Method.- Appendix: Transition Matrices.- References.- Index.
First book to consider many of the methods and results presented
Unifies a large number of results? in the theory of permutation enumeration
Numerous exercises with full solutions included throughout
Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras
"This book provides a current survey of techniques and applications of symmetric functions to enumeration theory, with emphasis on the combinatorics of the transition matrices between bases. ... Each chapter ends with a substantial number of exercises along with full solutions, as well as accurate bibliographic notes. The book is definitely a very interesting addition to the literature on the subject." (Domenico Senato, Mathematical Reviews, February, 2017)
"Though the authors target graduate students, advanced undergraduates will also surely have the necessary prerequisites, easily grasp the book's goals, and find many chapters accessible. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (D. V. Feldman, Choice, Vol. 53 (12), September, 2016)