Department of Mathematics

Combinatorics and Graph Theory

  •  A Combinatorial Description of Schur Functions
  •  09/26/2017
  •  4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  C304 Wells Hall
  •  Robert Davis, MSU

A symmetric function is a formal power series in countably many variables that is fixed under any permutation of the indices of the variables. The set of symmetric functions forms a vector space (actually, a graded algebra), and so it is natural to look for convenient bases of the space. In this talk, we will describe four "easy" bases and one more subtle, but much more important, basis, called the basis of Schur functions. We will give the combinatorial definition of Schur functions and highlight some of its uses in various branches of mathematics.



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