Title: Virtual characters of permutation statistics
|University of Florida
Functions of permutations are studied in a wide variety of fields including probability, statistics and theoretical computer science. I will introduce a method for studying such functions using representation theory and symmetric functions. As a consequence, one can extract detailed information about asymptotic behavior of many permutation statistics with respect to non-uniform measures that are invariant under conjugation. The key new tool is a combinatorial formula called the path Murnaghan-Nakayama rule that gives the Schur expansion of a novel basis of the ring of symmetric functions. This is joint work with Brendon Rhoades.