Questions related to permutations, bijections from a finite (or sometimes infinite) set to itself.

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### Permutations with all cycles odd length and permutations with all cycles even length

If $n$ is even, then the number of permutations of $n$ in which all cycles have odd length equals the number of permutations of $n$ in which all cycles have even length. This fact is easily proved, ...

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### Smooth bivariate functions identifiable under permutations

Consider a "smooth" $f : [0,1]^2 \to [0,1]$ and let $\pi : [n] \to [n]$ be a permutation of $[n] =\{1,\dots,n\}$. Let us define
$$
A^{f,\pi} := \Big( f\Big(\frac{\pi(i)}{n},\frac{\pi(j)}{n}\Big) ...

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### Permutation-invariant matrix representation

The question guide says that Mathoverflow is for research level mathematics. While I do not perform research in mathematics (I study quantum chemistry), I believe this question is research-level ...

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### Regarding left-to-right minima

Let $\rho$ be a permutation on $[1,n]$ and $l_i$ be the number of left-to-right minima in $\rho_{i\ldots n}$, I know that for a random permutation $E[l_1] = H_n$ (the $n$-th Harmonic number) but is ...

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### The name of a group of order 24 [closed]

I encountered a group $G =\langle(1,3,2,4),(3,5,4,6)\rangle\subseteq S_6$ in my study, but I do not know its name.
Let $f=(1,3,2,4)$ and $g=(3,5,4,6)$. We have $g^2=fg^2f$, and thus $\langle ...

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### Arranging numbers from $1$ to $n$ such that the sum of every two adjacent numbers is a perfect power

I've known that one can arrange all the numbers from $1$ to $\color{red}{15}$ in a row such that the sum of every two adjacent numbers is a perfect square.
$$8,1,15,10,6,3,13,12,4,5,11,14,2,7,9$$
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### Permutation polynomials mod $p$ of the form $(x+1)^n-x^n$

Among some permutation polynomials I've been studying, $f(x)=(x+1)^n-x^n$ is one of the polynomials that I cannot grasp.
Question : For a given odd prime $p$, how can we find every positive ...

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### When is a linear combination of permutation matrices unitary?

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Let $P_\pi$ denote the matrix representation of permutation $\pi$. Consider a linear combination of all $n \times n$ permutation matrices
$$U := \sum_{\pi \in S_n} c_\pi P_\pi$$
where ...

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### Exact growth rate of Longest Increasing Subsequence expectation

Let $S_n$ be the symmetric group, $\pi\in S_n$ a uniformly random permutation and $L_n:=L_n(\pi)$ denoting the length of the longest increasing subsequence (LIS). We know that ...

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### Classifying 1 cycle permutation matrices

Given a permutation matrix that is not full rank, is there a linear algebraic and corresponding algebraic criterion to tell if matrix contains more than one disjoint non-trivial cycle or exactly one ...

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### Sets of points containing permutations - a Ramsey-type question

The following question arised as a side-question in a geometric problem. It has a "feel" similar to problems in Ramsey-theory, but I have not found any mention of it (also I'm not very familiar with ...

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### Is $LIS(\pi)+LIS(\sigma)+LIS(\sigma\pi^{-1})$ lower bounded?

In the title, $LIS$ stands for the length of longest increasing subsequence and Greek letters stand for permutations from symmetric group $S_n$.
Considering some cases such as ...

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### Are certain normal matrices circulant? (Part 2)

Let $\mathcal{F}$ denote the family of real normal matrices $A$ such that $
A^TA=\begin{pmatrix}
a & b \\
b & \ddots
\end{pmatrix}$, for $b>0$.
As a user observed in the solution of Part 1 ...

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### Hopf structures on “pictorial” descriptions of permutations

There is a well-known Hopf structure on permutations, due to Malvenuto and Reutenauer. Here, the F basis elements are permutations in one-line notation, the product of two permutations is their ...

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### Numbers with all N-digit prefixes divisible by N

In base 10, the number 3816547290 contains every digit exactly once. When I take the first N digits, that substring is divisible by N. For example, 381 is divisible by 3, 38165 is divisible by 5, etc. ...

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### Name for class of flattening permutations

Let $S_n$ be the symmetric group. For any sequence of numbers $y=[y_1,y_2,\cdots,y_k]$, define the flattening operation as $\mbox{flatt}_{k}(y)$ as a relabeling of $y_1,y_2,\cdots,y_k$ in terms of ...

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### Number of orders of $k$-sums of $n$-numbers

Suppose we have a $n$-element set $S$. Denote the set of its $k$-element subsets by $K$ ($|K|=\binom{n}{k}$).
If the elements of $S$ are real numbers then to each $k$-element subset we can associate ...

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### Does a classification of simultaneous conjugacy classes in a product of symmetric groups exist?

Let the symmetric group $S_n$ on $n$ letters act on $S_n^d=S_n\times\cdots\times S_n$ by simultaneous conjugation, i.e. $\pi\in S_n$ acts on $(\sigma_1,\ldots,\sigma_d)\in S_n^d$ by ...

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### Polynomial dynamical systems

The question is somewhat related to the theory of permutation polynomials. Let $\mathbb{F}_p$ be a finite field of $p$ elements ($p$ is prime) and $\mathcal{V} = \mathbb{F}_p^2 = \{ (t_1,t_2)\::\: ...

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### Is there a geometric meaning of the Major index?

The actual question I want to ask is whether there is a geometric proof of this famous identity
$$\sum_{\sigma \in S_n} q^{\operatorname{inv} \sigma}=\sum_{\sigma\in ...

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### Is this graph polynomial known? Can it be efficiently computed?

I am a physicist, so apologies in advance for any confusing notation or terminology; I'll happily clarify. To provide a minimal amount of context, the following graph polynomial came up in my research ...

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### counting the number of ordered pairs in a permutohedron

Recall that a permutohedron is a graph on the set of permutations $S_n$ with an edge between $\sigma$ and $\tau$ if they differ by one adjacent transposition: $\tau = (i,i+1) \circ \sigma$ for some $i ...

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### Conjectures on fractions where each digit appears once in numerator and denominator

This is a highly redacted version of a question that was asked before. Please see Criteria of considering relevance of the question to the domain of research topics for details.
Some numerical ...

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### Principal Order Ideals in the Weak Bruhat Order

Let $\sigma\in S_n$ be a permutation on $n$ elements, and $\mathrm{Inv}(\sigma):=\{(i,j) : 1\leq i<j\leq n\text{ and }\sigma(i)>\sigma(j)\}$ be its set of inversions. In the weak order on ...

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### Categorical interpretation of disjoint cycle notation for tracing permutations

For a natural number $n\in\mathbb{N}$, let $\underline{n}$ denote the finite set $$\underline{n}:=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}.$$
A permutation $\sigma\in Aut(\underline{n})$ can be uniquely written (up to order) ...

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### Probability of a pair of memory cards ending up as neighbors

I am trying to compute the probability that after a perfect shuffling of a deck of memory cards (n pairs) none of the pairs end up with the two members next to each other.
I get into a messy ...

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### Inverse moment of the number of inversions of a permutation

Let $\pi$ be a permutation of $\{1,2,...,n\}$. A pair of elements ($\pi_i$,$\pi_j$) is called an inversion if $i$ $>$ $j$ and $\pi_i$ $<$ $\pi_j$. The total number of inversions in $\pi$ is ...

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### Shortest supersequence of all permutations of $n$ elements

Given an alphabet with $n$ characters, what is the shortest sequence that contains all $n!$ permutations as subsequences?
A subsequence can be obtained from a sequence by deleting any characters, ...

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### Distribution of entries of a doubly-sorted random matrix

Take an $n \times n$ random matrix whose entries are i.i.d. with uniform distribution in $[0,1]$. Look at the sums of the elements of each row and then permute the rows so that these sums form an ...

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### Explicit algorithm for composing permutations in factorial notation

Given two permutations p1 and p2 in factorial notation, is there an algorithm which computes their composition directly, i.e. without translating to a different notation (like Cauchy's 2-line ...

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### Combinatorial design for minimization problem over binary strings

Suppose the cost of a binary string $B$ of length $k$ is the number of $1$s that occur before the last $0$. For example, $1110$ has cost 3 while $0111$ has cost 0. Now suppose you can choose $k$ ...

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### Primitive, non-2-transitive groups with very large orbitals?

Let $G$ be a transitive permutation group on a set $X$ with $n$ elements. Assume that $G$ is primitive, i.e., $G$ preserves no non-trivial partition of $X$. Assume as well that $G$ is not ...

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### Why is the right permutohedron order (aka weak order) on $S_n$ a lattice?

This is one of those things I never expected to be hard until I tried to prove it. Why is the right permutohedron order (a.k.a. weak Bruhat order, a.k.a. weak order -- not to be confused with the ...

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### Cycles of Permutation Related to Rectangular Matrix Transposition

let the entries of a rectangular matrix $A\in\mathbb{C}^{m\times n}; m,n\in\mathbb{N}$ be stored in row-order in a linear vector $v$, i.e. $A_{i,j}=v_{i*m+j}$
Question:
How can the first element ...

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### How do most people write permutations?

I'd like to know how people prefer to write permutations, or elements of the symmetric group $S_n$ for $n\ge0$.
The most natural way to define a permutation in $S_n$ is as a bijection on the set ...

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### Permutations of letters under some conditions

Let $W(p,q,r,s)$ be the number of permutations of the letters which satisfy the following conditions :
Condition 1 : The letters are consist of $P,Q,R,S$.
Condition 2 : The number of letter ...

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### Effective Camille Jordan

It is a well-known (and frequently used) theorem of C. Jordan that a proper subgroup $H$ of a finite group $G$ can not intersect every conjugacy class. This is used most frequently for $G=S_n.$ Now, ...

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### Unimodality of length of longest increasing subsequence

For $w \in S_n$, the symmetric group on $n$ letters, let $\mathrm{is}(w)$ denote the length of the longest increasing subsequence of $w$. Define, $g_n(p) := |\{w \in S_n \colon \mathrm{is}(w) = p\}|$. ...

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### Combinatorial Technique Needed

The following problem is likely too special for MO.
However I have no clue how to deal with it, so I'll just try. Nevertheless
it is a combinatorial problem and a discussion about general methods
in ...

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### Probability of seeing m nonzero bits in off any d consecutive bits in a circle of n bits

Suppose n bits are arranged circularly with given condition that random k of them are 1 and rest 0, and all possible d consecutive bits (total n possibilities) are looked at, what is the probability ...

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### Draws from multiple non-disjoint urns

Let $C = \{1,...,n\}$ be a set of $n$ colors. Let $S_1,...,S_k$ be non-empty subsets of $C$, that is, $S_i \subseteq C$ for all $i \in \{1,...,k\}$. It is helpful to think of the $S_i$ as urns with ...

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### Number of Permutations?

Edit: This is a modest rephrasing of the question as originally stated below the fold: for $n \geq 3$, let $\sigma \in S_n$ be a fixed-point-free permutation. How many fixed-point-free permutations ...

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### Laws of Iterated Logarithm for Random Matrices and Random Permutation

The law of iterated logarithm asserts that if $x_1,x_2,\dots$ are i.i.d $\cal N(0,1)$ random variables and $S_n=x_1+x_2+\cdots+x_n$, then
$$\limsup_{n \to \infty} S_n/\sqrt {n \log \log n} = \sqrt 2, ...

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### GOE Version of Longest Increasing Subsequence

Let $S_n$ be the symmetric group equipped with uniform measure. For any $\pi\in S_n$, let $L_n=L_n(\pi)$ denote the longest increasing subsequence. A celebrated result of Baik, Deift and Johansson ...

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### How hard is reconstructing a permutation from its differences sequence?

My interest in combinatorially motivated computational problems led me to search for simple problems that turn out to be computationally hard. In this pursuit, I came up with a problem which I hope is ...

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### A question on maps from $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ to itself

Let $p\geq 3$ be a prime number, and let $u:\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}\to \mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ be a map such that, for all $l\in \mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$,$l\neq 0$, the map $k\mapsto u(k+l)-u(k)$ is a ...

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### Non-enumerative proof that there are many simple permutations?

Terence Tao asked for a non-enumerative proof that a positive proportion of permutations are derangements and got a great answer. Inspired by this, I'd like to ask about another family of ...

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### The proportion between permutations and derangements.

Denote the number of derangements by $D_N$. It's known that $D_N/N! \rightarrow 1/e$. Therefore $N!/e$ is an approximation for $D_N$.
I'm trying to bound the difference between this approximation and ...

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### A duality on partial permutations

A partial permutation matrix $\pi$ is one with at most one 1 in any row and column (the rest 0s). Given one, we can cross out to the East and South (but not Southeast) of each 1. Some boxes get ...

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### The distribution of cycle length in random derangement

It is known that for a fixed x $\in \{0,1,...,N-1\}$, the length of the cycle of x in a random permutation in $S_N$ distributes uniformly in
$\{1, . . . ,N\}$.
My question is regarding the length of ...