The University of Michigan Combinatorics Seminar
Fall 2003
November 7, 4:10-5:00, 3866 East Hall

On dimensions of a random solid diagram

Boris Pittel

Ohio State University


A solid diagram of volume n is a packing of n unit cubes into a corner so that the heights of vertical stacks of cubes do not increase in either of two horizontal directions away from the corner. An asymptotic distribution of the dimensions---heights, depths, and widths---of the diagram chosen uniformly at random among all such diagrams is studied. For each k, the planar base of k tallest stacks is shown to be Plancherel distributed.