Seminar Event Detail


Date:  Friday, January 19, 2018
Location:  4088 East Hall (4:10 PM to 5:00 PM)

Title:  Major Index Asymptotics

Abstract:   We discuss the representation theory and asymptotic behavior of major index statistics for words and tableaux.

Classic work of MacMahon gave a succinct expression for the major index generating function on words of fixed content. Canfield-Janson-Zeilberger (2011) gave precise asymptotic estimates for the number of such words with a given major index. In another direction, Lusztig and Stanley related the major index statistic on standard tableaux to the graded irreducible decomposition of the type A coinvariant algebra. Kraskiewicz-Weyman connected the major index modulo n to the Lusztig-Stanley decomposition and certain induced representations. We will describe recent work giving precise estimates for the number of standard tableaux with a given major index, modulo n. A key step involves certain normalized symmetric group character estimates using a formula of Fomin--Lulov. Time permitting, we will also describe ongoing joint work with Sara Billey and Matjaz Konvalinka generalizing Canfield-Janson-Zeilberger's investigations to skew shape tableaux.


Speaker:  Joshua Swanson
Institution:  U. Washington

Event Organizer:   Sergey Fomin   


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