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1. CMB 2011 (vol 56 pp. 13)

 Ordering the Representations of $S_n$ Using the Interchange Process Inspired by Aldous' conjecture for the spectral gap of the interchange process and its recent resolution by Caputo, Liggett, and Richthammer, we define an associated order $\prec$ on the irreducible representations of $S_n$. Aldous' conjecture is equivalent to certain representations being comparable in this order, and hence determining the Aldous order'' completely is a generalized question. We show a few additional entries for this order. Keywords:Aldous' conjecture, interchange process, symmetric group, representationsCategories:82C22, 60B15, 43A65, 20B30, 60J27, 60K35
 On the Spectrum of an $n!\times n!$ Matrix Originating from Statistical Mechanics Let $R_n(\alpha)$ be the $n!\times n!$ matrix whose matrix elements $[R_n(\alpha)]_{\sigma\rho}$, with $\sigma$ and $\rho$ in the symmetric group $\sn$, are $\alpha^{\ell(\sigma\rho^{-1})}$ with $0<\alpha<1$, where $\ell(\pi)$ denotes the number of cycles in $\pi\in \sn$. We give the spectrum of $R_n$ and show that the ratio of the largest eigenvalue $\lambda_0$ to the second largest one (in absolute value) increases as a positive power of $n$ as $n\rightarrow \infty$. Keywords:symmetric group, representation theory, eigenvalue, statistical physicsCategories:20B30, 20C30, 15A18, 82B20, 82B28