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Inequivalent Transitive Factorizations into Transpositions

  Published:2001-08-01
 Printed: Aug 2001
  • I. P. Goulden
  • D. M. Jackson
  • F. G. Latour
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Abstract

The question of counting minimal factorizations of permutations into transpositions that act transitively on a set has been studied extensively in the geometrical setting of ramified coverings of the sphere and in the algebraic setting of symmetric functions. It is natural, however, from a combinatorial point of view to ask how such results are affected by counting up to equivalence of factorizations, where two factorizations are equivalent if they differ only by the interchange of adjacent factors that commute. We obtain an explicit and elegant result for the number of such factorizations of permutations with precisely two factors. The approach used is a combinatorial one that rests on two constructions. We believe that this approach, and the combinatorial primitives that have been developed for the ``cut and join'' analysis, will also assist with the general case.
Keywords: transitive, transposition, factorization, commutation, cut-and-join transitive, transposition, factorization, commutation, cut-and-join
MSC Classifications: 05C38, 15A15, 05A15, 15A18 show english descriptions Paths and cycles [See also 90B10]
Determinants, permanents, other special matrix functions [See also 19B10, 19B14]
Exact enumeration problems, generating functions [See also 33Cxx, 33Dxx]
Eigenvalues, singular values, and eigenvectors
05C38 - Paths and cycles [See also 90B10]
15A15 - Determinants, permanents, other special matrix functions [See also 19B10, 19B14]
05A15 - Exact enumeration problems, generating functions [See also 33Cxx, 33Dxx]
15A18 - Eigenvalues, singular values, and eigenvectors
 

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