# Questions tagged [symmetric-groups]

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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### Suggested papers or reading for PDE (high dimension) reduction to ODE by symmetries

Could anyone please suggest related papers or article about the topic related to my one question below? Reduce PDE to ODE by dilation symmetry I also cite a paper in the link above. We know that ...
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### Reduce PDE to ODE by dilation symmetry

I am reading Rodrigues, Henrion, and Cantwell - Symmetries and analytical solutions of the Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman equation for a class of optimal control problems, p.753. Consider the following PDE: ...
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### Induction step in Bóna and Ehrenborg's proof that the generating function of the alternating runs has -1 as a root of a certain multiplicity

This is a crosspost of a question I asked on Mathematics SE four months ago. Periodically bumping it and placing a bounty on it to attract more attention were to no avail. There are some comments ...
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### Decomposing a polynomial ring into Specht Modules

Let $S_{\pi}$ where $\pi$ is an integer partition of $n$, denote the Specht module corresponding to $\pi$. I am trying to decompose the set of all homogeneous polynomials in $x_1,x_2,...,x_n$ ...
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### What makes skew characters of the symmetric group special?

For integer partitions $\mu\subset\lambda$ we can define the skew character $\chi^{\lambda/\mu}$ (for example?) via the Littlewood-Richardson rule. Many combinatorial gadgets and algorithms extend in ...
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### Combinatorics of merging sequences from multinomial coefficients

If you have $m$ sequences $a_{11},\dots,a_{1n_1}$ through $a_{m1},\dots,a_{mn_m}$ each sorted in ascending order (assume there are no duplicates) then there is an unique way to merge them. How many ...
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### Do highly symmetric cones have “small” supporting hyperplanes?

Let $C$ be a full-dimensional cone in $\mathbb{R}^{d}$, defined as the positive span of $c = {n \choose 3} \gg d$ vectors. $C$ is highly symmetric in the following sense: each such vector is labelled ...
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### Smith normal form of conjugacy class actions

This question was inspired by Smith Normal Form of a Cayley Graph of the Symmetric Group. Let $\mathbb{Q}S_n$ denote the group algebra over $\mathbb{Q}$ of the symmetric group $S_n$. Identify a ...
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### Characteristic classes of symmetric group $S_4$

For the symmetric group $S_3$, it is classically known that \begin{equation} H^*(S_3;\mathbb{Z})\cong \mathbb{Z}[x,y]/(2x,6y,x^2-3y), \end{equation} where $|x|=2$ and $|y|=4$. Moreover, $x$ can be ...
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### Is there some sort of formula for $\tau(S_n)$?

Let $G$ be a finite group. Define $\tau(G)$ as the minimal number, such that $\forall X \subset G$ if $|X| > \tau(G)$, then $XXX = \langle X \rangle$. Is there some sort of formula for $\tau(S_n)$, ...
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### Probability of Words Summing to $1$ in $S_n$ or $PGL_2(n)$

Let $G$ be the symmetric group $S_n$ or the projective general linear group $PGL_2(n)$. Let $X$ be a cyclically reduced word in the abstract variables $x_1, x_2, \ldots,x_k$, i.e. $X$ is a product ...
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### Enumeration and structure of abelian 2-subgroups of a symmetric group

I am struggling with a group theoretic problem arising in my research. Given a symmetric group $\Sigma_{n}$, let's consider all its abelian 2-subgroups up to conjugation. Is it possible to give a ...
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### Does the symmetric group $S_{10}$ factor as a knit product of symmetric subgroups $S_6$ and $S_7$?

By knit product (alias: Zappa-Szép product), I mean a product $AB$ of subgroups for which $A\cap B=1$. In particular, note that neither subgroup is required to be normal, thus making this a ...
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### Toggles for non-broken-circuit sets in matroids

Let $M$ be a matroid with ground set $E$. If $t$ is a total order on $E$, and if $S$ is a nonempty subset of $E$, then $\max_t S$ will mean the $t$-largest element of $S$ (that is, the maximum of $S$ ...
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### A symmetric function that appears in the coefficients of a power expansion

Let's say we have the expression $$\sum_{k_1=1}^\infty\sum_{k_2=1}^\infty\sum_{k_3=1}^\infty\sum_{k_4=1}^\infty\sum_{k_5=1}^\infty x^{k_1+k_2+k_3+k_4+k_5} f(k_1,k_2+k_3,k_4+k_5)$$ where $f(a,b,c)$ is ...
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### Has this result about the number of permutations of a given cycle type (or centralizers) been proved?

I was playing with the cardinality of conjugacy classes of the symmetric groups, which we know is the number of permutations of a given cycle type and there is a natural one-to-one correspondence ...