Bargain hunting in a Coxeter group - Joel Lewis

Thursday, March 9, 2023 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Title: Bargain hunting in a Coxeter group

Speaker: Joel Lewis
Affiliation:  George Washington University
Location: MC 6029 or contact Timothy Miller for zoom link

Abstract: Petersen and Tenner defined the depth statistic for Coxeter group elements which, in the symmetric group, can be described in terms of a cost-minimization problem over the factorizations of a permutation into transpositions. We generalize that cost function to the other classical (finite and affine) Weyl groups, letting the cost of an individual reflection t be the distance between the integers transposed by t in the combinatorial representation of the group (à la Eriksson and Eriksson). Arbitrary group elements then have a well-defined cost, obtained by minimizing the sum of the transposition costs among all factorizations of the element. We show that the cost of arbitrary elements can be computed directly from the elements themselves using a simple, intrinsic formula.  This work is joint with Bridget Tenner.