Department of Mathematics

Combinatorics and Graph Theory

  •  Follow the Rules!
  •  10/03/2017
  •  4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  C304 Wells Hall
  •  Robert Davis, MSU

Schur functions are among the most useful bases for symmetric functions, but they come at the cost of making certain computations much less obvious than when done in other bases. In particular, how can we determine the coefficients of a product of Schur functions in the basis of Schur functions? There are many equivalent ways to computing these numbers; this talk will discuss jeu de taqin, which is an equivalence among skew tableaux, and apply it to obtain a formulation of the Littlewood-Richardson rule, which answers our question. If time allows, we will discuss other important formulations of this rule.



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