The symmetric group $S_n$ is the group of permutations of the set of integers $\{1,\dots,n\}$. This has $n!$ elements and is generated by the $n-1$ involutions exchanging consecutive integers. The symmetric groups form the simplest family of Coxeter groups.

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What is the probability that two random permutations have the same order?

I am interested in the orders of random permutations. Since the law of the logarithm of the order of a permutation converges to a normal law (for instance Erdös-Turan Statistical group theory III), ...
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Generalized cycle index polynomial for the symmetric group

The answer to a particular calculation in quantum information theory gives me the following expression: Given $M$ specific elements of the symmetric group $S_n$, define the polynomial $$Z_n(\pi_1, ...
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Weingarten function for unitary group

Studying integration over unitary group I came across this function, the Weingarten function Wg, such that $$ \int_{\mathcal{U}(N)} \prod_{k=1}^{n} U_{i_kj_k} U^*_{m_k r_k} dU=\sum_{\tau,\sigma\in ...
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Invariant ring of $S_5$

The irreducible representations of the Symmetric group $S_5$ are classified by the partitions of $5$. For the standard representation which corresponds to the partition (4,1) the ring of invariants is ...
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Problems which use S₄ → S₃

I need examples of problems which use, directly or indirectly, the homomorphism $S_4\to S_3$ in the solution (its kernel is $\mathbb{Z}_2\oplus\mathbb{Z}_2$). Obvious candidates: Lagrange resolvent ...
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Characters of permutation groups

Let $N$ be a fixed positive integer, and denote by $C(m)$ the number of permutations on an $N$-element set that have exactly $m$ cycles (counting $1$-cycles). Then it is in the literature that the ...
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factorization of the cohomology of configuration space

This question is a follow-up to my previous question factorization of the regular representation of the symmetric group, which was answered in a very satisfactory way. Let ...
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factorization of the regular representation of the symmetric group

Let $\mathbb{C}[S_n]$ be the regular representation of the symmetric group $S_n$, and let $\mathbb{C}^n$ be the vector representation. Question: Does there exist a representation $V$ (of dimension ...
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Repository of graph classes that are tough to test non-isomorphic pairs from isomorphic pairs

(1) Which graph classes are extremely tough to test for graph non-isomorphic pairs from isomorphic pairs? (2) Is there a repository of adjacencies from such classes?
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Can a large transitive permutation group need many generators?

let $G$ be a transitive permutation group acting on $\{1, \ldots, n\}$, and let $d(G)$ be the minimal number of generators of $G$. Is it true, that for $n\rightarrow\infty$ we have ...
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Okounkov-Vershik approach to representation theory of $S_n$

This is a rather soft question. I was wondering if someone could explain on a fundamental and intuitive level, what the Okounkov-Vershik approach to representation theory of $S_n$ is all about. It's ...
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what is the link between plethysm in regular representation of the symmetric group and plethysm in Schur functions.

I am trying to understand first how one can define the plethysm say $s_\lambda \circ s_\mu$ as a module in the regular representation of the symmetric group. 1)How is it connected to the plethysms ...
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G-Correlation of Vectors

Let $\vec{a},\vec{b} \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$. Consider the function $f: S_n \to \mathbb{R}$ given by $f(\sigma):= \sum_{i=1}^{n} a_i b_{\sigma(i)}$. Let $G$ be a subgroup of $S_n$, given by $O(\log n)$ ...
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$G$-harmonic polynomials, dimension of $\text{Harm}(\mathbb{R}^n, S_n)$? [closed]

Definition. Let $\text{Harm}(\mathbb{R}^n, G)$ be the space of $G$-harmonic polynomials on $\mathbb{R}^n$. My question is, what is the dimension of $\text{Harm}(\mathbb{R}^n, S_n)$?
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$\mathbb{C}[x_1, \dots, x_n]$ is a free $\mathbb{C}[x_1, \dots, x_n]^{S_n}$-module with certain generators [duplicate]

Let the symmetric group $S_n$ act on $\mathbb{R}^n$ by permutation of coordinates. This makes $S_n$ a subgroup of $\text{GL}_n(\mathbb{R}$ and the algebra $\mathbb{C}[x_1, \dots, x_n]^{S_n}$ is the ...
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Minimal maximal subgroup of the symmetric group

The question is pretty much in the title: What is the maximal subgroup of $S_d$ of maximal index (so minimal size)? A slight variant (I am not sure if it leads to a different answer) is: what if we ...
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Linear relations among permutation matrices

Given a permutation $\sigma\in S_n$, let $P_\sigma$ denote the corresponding $n\times n$ permutation matrix. It is easy to see that for $n=3$, there is only one linear relation up to scaling given by ...
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Partial orders on tabloids

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and let $\lambda \vdash n$, a partition of $n$. By a $\lambda$-tabloid I mean a row-tabloid of shape $\lambda$. There is a well-known order on the set of $\lambda$-tabloids, ...
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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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Faithful projective representations of symmetric groups

This is a reference request. Do you know where I can find the dimensions of the faithful projective representations of $S_n$ and $A_n$ for $n\ge 5$? Thank you in advance.
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Number of squares in a finite group

This was asked at MSE but never answered. Let $G$ be a finite group and denote by $sq(G)$ the number of squares in $G$ i.e. the number of elements in $G$ which possess a square root. For example, if ...
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The number of subgroups of ${\frak S}_n$

Because of my interest in this question, I listed the subgroups of ${\frak S}_n$ for $1\le n\le4$. I found that the number of subgroups are, respectively, $1,2,6,24$. It might be a coincidence, or it ...
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references for faithful orthogonal (or unitary) representation of symmetric groups

Let $S_n$ be the symmetric group of $n$ points. I want to find references (or proofs) for the following statement (1). (1). There does not exist any faithful orthogonal representation $$ ...
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canonical action of symmetric groups on orthogonal groups

There is a canonical faithful orthogonal representation of the symmetric group $S_{n+1}$, for $n\geq 1$: $$ S_{n+1}\to O(n) $$ given as follows. (1). I regard $O(n)$ as the isometry group of the unit ...
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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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Explicit description of the principal block of the symmetric group

Let $k$ be a field of prime characteristic $p$ and $\Sigma_n$ be the symmetric group. If I have a concrete $k[\Sigma_n]$-module $M,$ how to compute the direct summand corresponding to the principal ...
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Relations among Young symmetrizers of non-standard tableaux

For any Young tableau, one can form the Young symmetrizer. I'm naturally interested in young symmetrizers coming from standard tableaux, but I'm forced to look at Young symmetrizers of non-standard ...
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bijection between S-modules and Schur functors

Given a $\mathbb{S}$-module, we can construct a Schur functor, which is an endo functor in the category of vectorspaces. But given a Schur functor, how can we get back the $\mathbb{S}$-module? In ...
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Which subgroup order of the symmetric group is the most frequent?

Question: What is the most frequent order of subgroups of $S_n$? More precisely: Let $a_k$ be the number of subgroups of $S_n$ with order $k$. What is the maximum of $a_k$? This question came up ...
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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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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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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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Is there a non-explicit characterization of the Specht modules?

It is a basic fact about the symmetric group $S_n$ that its irreducible representations are indexed by partitions of $n$. My question is, can the association between partitions and irreps be ...
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Is there any good survey on the hook length formula and related topics?

I am recently doing some research related to the hook length formula. The hook formula counts the number of Young tableaux of certain type. I find there are plenty of research already been done and ...
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Nekrasov-Okounkov hook length formula

I am now reading the paper An explicit expansion formula for the powers of the Euler Product in terms of partition hook lengths by Guo-Niu Han. The author rediscovered what he calls Nekrasov-Okounkov ...
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Integral Cohomology of Symmetric Groups

Does anybody know a reference for the explicit description of the integral cohomology ring of $S_5$ and $S_6$. I can not find them anywhere in the internet. For $S_4$, I found C. B. Thomas's nice ...
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Decomposing $(\mathbb C^n)^{\otimes m}$ as a representation of $S_n\times S_m$

$V=\mathbb C^n$ is a $\mathbb CS_n$-module, where $S_n$ is the symmetric group of degree $n$, via the representation sending a permutation to the corresponding permutation matrix. The tensor power ...
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Adding a row to a Young Tableau via Novelli-Pak-Stoyanovskii

Let $T_{\lambda}$ be the set of standard young tableaux (SYT) of shape $\lambda_1\geq \lambda_2\cdots\geq \lambda_n$. Now consider pushing a row $\mu$ with $\mu\geq \lambda_1$ onto $Y$ to give shape ...
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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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cohomology ring of symmetric group of order $3$

Let $S_3$ be the symmetric group of order $3$. What is the cohomology ring $$ H^*(S_3;\mathbb{Z})?$$ My attempt: I want to use mathematical induction on $n$ for $S_n$. For $n=1$, $S_1$ is trivial. ...
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What Is The Minimal Monomial of the Symmetric Group?

In the symmetric group $S_n$ what is the shortest sequence $c_1,\ldots,c_k\in S_n$ such that, for all $x\in S_n$ the following product of conjugates of $x$: $$x^{c_1}x^{c_2}\ldots x^{c_k}$$ equals the ...
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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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research on the structure/properties of permutation matrix/table with $(i,j)th$ entry as $\pi_j\circ \pi_i^{-1}$

Is there any research on the structure/properties of permutation matrix/table with $(i,j)th$ entry as $\pi_j\circ \pi_i^{-1}$, where $\{\pi_1,\pi_2,...,\pi_{k!}\}=S_k$? I know if we apply the ...
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Special sets of involutions generating ${\rm S}_n$

For which positive integers $k$ and $r$ are there involutions $g_{n,i} \in {\rm S}_n$ $(n \in \mathbb{N}, \ i = 1, \dots, k)$ such that the following hold?: for any $n$, the $g_{n,i}$ $(i = 1, ...
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Connected components $0-1$ matrices

Let $M$ be a $0-1$ matrix. Here a matrix has one component means we can traverse from a matrix entry $(i,j)$ which is $1$ to any other one by moving step of $(i\pm1,j),(i,j\pm1),(i\pm1,j\pm1)$ where ...
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Polynomials of low degree that clone polynomials of higher degree

Let $f(x_1,\dots,x_{16})=(x_1+x_2+x_3+x_4)(x_5+x_6+x_7+x_8)(x_9+x_{10}+x_{11}+x_{12})(x_{13}+x_{14}+x_{15}+x_{16})\in\Bbb R[x]$. Let $\mathcal{Z}$ be the zero set of $f$ in ...
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Explicit basis/weight vectors for irreducibles inside the plethysm $Sym^m(\bigwedge^p \mathbf(V))$

This is a follow up to this question about finding the multiplicities of irreducible representations restricted to Young diagrams of 2-columns or less, inside the plethysm $Sym^m(\bigwedge^p ...
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In general, are 'Young symmetrisers' given by Littlewood-Richardson 'Orthogonal projection Operators'?

Consider $V^{\otimes n}$ where $V$ is vector space and the representation of GL(V) acting in the usual way. Now if I consider tensor products or plethysms of irreducible spaces, this is not in general ...
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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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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 ...