Symmetric functions are symmetric polynomials, in finitely many, or countably infinitely many variables. They arise in the representation theory of symmetric groups and in the polynomial representation theory of general linear groups. Bases of the ring of symmetric functions are indexed by integer ...

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Need explicit formula for reversion of a Chern-character-like series

On the first sight this looks like homotopy theory question but actually came from need to simplify some expressions related to the Rasch model from the Item Response Theory. Let $$ ...
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Symmetric tensors as sum of powers

I am looking for formulas for writing a basis element of $ Sym^k(H) $ as sum of elements of the form $ v^{\otimes k} $ where $ v\in H $. Here $ H $ is a hilbert space and by basis element I mean the ...
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Are the Schur functions the minimal basis of the ring of symmetric functions with the following properties?

Let $\Lambda$ denote the ring of symmetric functions in variables $x_1,x_2,\dots$ and with coefficients in $\mathbf{Q}$. Then $\Lambda$ is freely generated as an $\mathbf{Q}$-algebra by ...
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Super-plethysm?

Let $U$ be a representation of $S_m$ and $V$ a representation of $S_n$. Then the representation $\operatorname{Ind}_{S_m\wr S_n}^{S_{mn}}(U^{\otimes{n}}\otimes V)$ has a nice interpretation in terms ...
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Skew zonal polynomials, skew zonal spherical functions, and combinatorics

Zonal polynomials may be expressed in terms of power sums as $$Z_\lambda=n!\sum_\nu \frac{1}{z_\nu }2^{n-\ell(\nu)}\omega_\lambda(\nu)p_\nu,$$ with usual notation in which $\omega_\lambda(\nu)$ are ...
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sum of squares of Schur polynomials indexed over partition valued functions on a set

Fix a finite set $X$ and two natural numbers $d$ and $n$. For a partition $\lambda$ and a number $d$ denote by $s_\lambda^d(x_1,\dots,x_d)$ the Schur polynomial in $d$-many variables $x_1,\dots,x_d$. ...
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universality of Macdonald polynomials

I have been recently learning a lot about Macdonald polynomials, which have been shown to have probabilistic interpretations, more precisely the eigenfunctions of certain Markov chains on the ...
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Jack symmetric functions and their inner products

I have some questions regarding Jack polynomials. I use the notation of of I.G. Macdonald's book "Symmetric Functions and Hall polynomials". Let $\Lambda$ be the ring of symmetric functions over ...
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Ergodicity of elementary symmetric polynomials with noncommutable variables

Let $\{X_n\}$ be an ergodic sequence of random variables, $X_n:(\Omega,\mathcal{F})\to (S,\mathcal{S})$ where the target set $S$ is a matrix ring. My question is, Can the following limit be found ...
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Reference or a short argument that a certain subset generates the ring of p-typical symmetric functions under plethysm

Let p be a prime, and let $\Lambda_p$ be the subring of the ring of symmetric functions $\Lambda$ (over $\mathbb{Z}$) such that $$x \in \Lambda_p$$ iff there is an $i \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $p^ix ...
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Cyclically symmetric functions

Where can I learn about the invariant theory associated with actions of cyclic groups (as opposed to symmetric groups)? E.g., do the functions $x+y+z$, $xy+yz+zx$, and $x^2y+y^2z+z^2x$ generate the ...
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On shifted symmetric power sums

The functions $p^*_k(x)=\sum_{i=1}^N ((x_i-i)^k-(-i)^k)$ are analogues of power sum symmetric functions, called shifted symmetric by Okounkov and Olshanski. Define ...
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Plugging $1-x$ into Schur polynomials

I have a symmetric Laurent polynomial $f$ in $k$ variables expressed as a linear combination of Schur polynomials. I'd like to know what happens when I make the substitution $p(x_1,\ldots,x_k)\mapsto ...
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Is there a short proof that the Kostka number $K_{\lambda \mu}$ is non-zero whenever $\lambda$ dominates $\mu$?

This is maybe a little basic for MathOverflow, but I'm hoping it will get some interesting answers. Let $\unrhd$ be the dominance order on partitions of $n \in \mathbb{N}$. For partitions $\lambda$ ...
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Constant term identity and the Grassmannian Gr(2,6)

The following conjecture is motivated by two different presentations of the affine cone over Grassmannian $Gr(2,6).$ One as a GIT quotient of $Hom(\mathbb{C}^2, \mathbb{C}^6)//SU(2)$ and the other as ...
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A particular proof of the Littlewood Richardson rule

Given $\lambda \subseteq \nu$ we define a tableau of shape $\nu\setminus \lambda$ and weight $\mu$ to be a map ${\sf T}: [\nu\setminus\lambda] \rightarrow \{1,\ldots, r\}$ such that $\mu_c=|\{ x ...
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How should this multinomial identity be written?

Question if it is correct, how is the identity tagged (4) below usually written, and can the use of conjugate partitions be avoided? Motivation I apologize for the length of this question - it's as ...
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Bounding Schur symmetric polynomials on the unit circle

Recall the Schur polynomial in $n$ variables, indexed by the partition $\lambda$, with $\ell(\lambda) \leq n$, is given by \begin{equation} s_\lambda(x_1,\ldots, x_n) = a_{\lambda + \delta}(x_1, ...
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Do any specializations of variables give valid equalities of series and products involving Witt symmetric functions?

Formally, Witt symmetric functions $w_n(x_1,x_2,...)$ ($n\geqslant1$) can be defined by $$ \prod_n(1-w_nt^n)=1+\sum_k(-1)^ke_kt^k=\prod_j(1-x_jt), $$ where $e_k(x_1,x_2,...)$ are the elementary ...
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Cohomology of configuration space as a representation of the symmetric group

Let $X_n$ be the space of $n$ distinct labeled points in $\mathbb{R}^3$, which is equipped with an action of the symmetric group $S_n$. It is well known that the total cohomology of $X_n$ is ...
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Is there a nice way to invert this expression?

Let us first define the Euler polynomials to be the polynomials $P_n(q)$ that satisfy $$ \frac{qP_n(q)}{(1 - q)^{n+1}} = \Big(q\frac{d}{dq}\Big)^n\frac{q}{1 - q}. $$ For example, $P_0(q) = P_1(q) = ...
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An introduction to Macdonald polynomials other (better?!) than SFHP

Long story short, I personally find Macdonald's celebrated book Symmetric Functions and Hall Polynomials somewhat difficult to read for various reasons. I also know for a fact that I'm not the only ...
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Most computationally efficient Littlewood-Richardson rule

There are many, many different versions of the Littlewood-Richardson rule: the original characterization via Yamanouchi words, Remmel's version, a description via the Poirier-Reutenauer bialgebra, the ...
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Arithmetic product of symmetric functions: why is it integral?

For every commutative ring $A$, let $\mathbf{Symm}_A$ be the ring of symmetric functions over $A$. Let $\mathbf{Symm}$ without a subscript denote $\mathbf{Symm}_{\mathbb{Z}}$. We can define a ...
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Irreducible representations of $S_n$ inside the ring of symmetric polynomials

I will describe two ways to associate irreducible representations of $S_n$ with polynomials inside the ring of symmetric polynomials and I want to know if there is any connection between the two. ...
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Does the ring generated by the odd power sum symmetric functions have a name?

Let $\Lambda$ be the ring of symmetric functions and recall the power sum symmetric function $p_i = \sum x_1^i + x_2^i + \dots$ generate this ring. Let $\tilde\Lambda$ be the ring generated by the odd ...
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An algebraic strengthening of the Saturation Conjecture

The Saturation Conjecture (proved by Knutson-Tao) asserts that $c_{n\mu,n\nu}^{n\lambda}\neq 0\Rightarrow c_{\mu,\nu}^{\lambda} \neq 0$, where $c$ denotes a Littlewood-Richardson coefficient and $n$ ...
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integral schur function over standard simplex

Let $T^d$ be the standard simplex, $$ T^d = \left\{(t_1,\cdots,t_d)\in\mathbb{R}^{d}\mid\sum_{i = 1}^{d}{t_i} = 1 \mbox{ and } t_i \ge 0 \mbox{ for all } i\right\} $$ For any partition ...
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What is the definition of plethysm in the representation theory of permutation groups

Let $s_\lambda \circ s_\mu$ be a plethysm. Here let $\lambda, \mu$ be $m,n$ box Young diagrams. I have seen the definition of plethysms in symmetric functions. I would like to understand the ...
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A “nice” Orthogonal Basis for Translation Invariant Symmetric Polynomials

It is going to be a rather long question, so I will first state it and then try to explain and motivate it. Take $\Lambda_n $ as the graded ring of symmetric polynomials of a field $F$ in $n$ ...
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Evaluation of Macdonald Polynomials at $x_1=x_2=…=x_n = h$

This question is related to my previous question (here). Let $P_\lambda$(q,t) be the Macdonald polynomials with partition $\lambda$. Let $\Lambda$ denote the ring of symmetric functions over the ...
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Uniform generation of Symmetric Plane Partitons

In the conclusion of An Involution Principle-Free Proof of Stanley's Hook-Content Formula Krattenthaler notes that the techniques of the paper might be useful for finding bijective proofs of the ...
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Character sums over a fixed subset of skew tableaux

Let $f(\lambda)$ count the number standard young tableaux of shape $\lambda\vdash n$ and $\lambda=(\lambda_1,\cdots,\lambda_r)$. Let $\mu \vdash k$ be a partition for $k<n$. It is a consequence of ...
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$S_k(x+y)-S_k(x)-S_k(y)$ where $S_k$ is symmetric polynomial

Let $S_k$ be the $k$-th elementary symmetric polynomial of $n$ variables. How can I rewrite $$S_k(x+y)-S_k(x)-S_k(y)$$ by just using $x,y,S_1,S_2,\cdots S_{k-1}$ where $x=(x_1,x_2,\cdots,x_n)$ and ...
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Dimension of the span of all partial derivatives of a given symmetric polynomial $f$ and the polynomial $E(f)$

I need some help on the problem below. Let $d\geq 4$ and $f$ a symmetric polynomial, homogeneous of degree $d$, in $n$ variables $x_1,\dots,x_n$, with real coefficients. We set $$ ...
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Other Variant of Schur Polynomials/Functions

We know that an important variant of the Schur Polynomial is the shifted Schur Polynomials that was developed by Okounkov & Olshanski. The question here is: is there any other variant of Schur ...
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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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Generating function for $t$-residues of partitions using Heisenberg + $\hat{sl_t}$ representation theory

Recall that for $t\geq2$, a partition is a $t$-core if none of its hooklengths is divisible by $t$. It is known that the $t$-cores are parametrized by ${\mathbb Z}^{t-1}$. More precisely, let ...
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Dynamics of RSK

There is a way of viewing the RSK correspondence as a map (in fact, bijection) $A \overset{RSK}\longrightarrow \widehat{A}$ from $n\times n$ matrices with entries $\mathbb{N}$ to (weak) reverse plane ...
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Deforming a basis of a polynomial ring

The ring $Symm$ of symmetric functions in infinitely many variables is well-known to be a polynomial ring in the elementary symmetric functions, and has a $\mathbb Z$-basis of Schur functions ...
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Efficiently computing (plethysm-like?)substitutions of symmetric functions

This is a rather technical question, it arose in connection of some calculations that I need to have better grasp of the question Formal group law over $\mathbb{F}_p$ and my own older one What is ...
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counting how many boxes from a given Young tableau contribute to hook length made out of two YTs

Think of a Young diagram as a collection of rows with numbers of elements $\mu_1 \geq \mu_2 \geq \cdots \geq \mu_d \geq \mu_{d+1}=0$ (and $\mu_k=0$ for $k>d$) and define for $s=(i,j)$ (where $i$ ...
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Littlewood-Richardson coefficients for Jack symmetric functions

Let $\Lambda$ be the algebra of symmetric functions over $\mathbb{Q}(\alpha)$. We define a scalar product $\langle \cdot,\cdot\rangle_\alpha$ on $\Lambda$ by setting $\langle ...
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On a positivity property of Hall-Littlewood polynomials

Here's the new, more thought through version. Consider a sequence of nonnegative integers $\lambda=(\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_n)$ with $\lambda_i\ge \lambda_{i+1}+2$ (the weight $\lambda-2\rho$ is ...
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Counting a Modified Class of Standard Young Tableau

Let $\lambda=(\lambda_1,\cdots,\lambda_n)$ be a partition, with $|\lambda|:=N$. Attach an extra box to $\lambda$ to the right end of the $r$'th row. In coordinate form, the last box on row $r$ has ...
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computation with Hilbert scheme of $n$ points on $\mathbb C^2$ [closed]

How can we show that $$\sum_{n = 0}^\infty q^n \operatorname{char}_T S^n(\mathbb C[x,y])= \prod_{p_1,p_2\geq 0}\frac{1}{1-t_1^{p_1}t_2^{p_2}q}$$ where $\operatorname{char}_T V$ denotes the character ...
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A class of matrix determinants between Wronskians and Vandermondes

Update: see below Let $M$ be an $n\times n$ matrix that's constructed as follows. Construct the right-most column of $M$ as $[\alpha_1(x_1),\cdots,\alpha_n(x_n)]^T$ for some class of fixed functions ...
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Shift-invariant symmetric functions in representation theory?

The connection between symmetric functions and representation theory is well-known. Now consider the subspace of symmetric functions that are shift-invariant, that is, functions satisfying ...
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Comultiplication on Schur functors (& functions). Can it be seen from categorical perspective ?

Consider category of vector spaces. Consider functors from it to itself. They actually form an algebra - since vector spaces can be added and tensor multiplied. Question Is there co-product on this ...
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Isotypic components of the action of the symmetric group on polynomials

The polynomial ring $\mathbb{C}[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ decomposes as a direct sum of isotypic components for the action of the symmetric group $S_n$. The isotypic component of the trivial representation is ...