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Book DetailsStudent Mathematical LibraryVolume: 91; 2019; 342 ppMSC: Primary 05;
This book is a readerfriendly introduction to the theory of symmetric functions, and it includes fundamental topics such as the monomial, elementary, homogeneous, and Schur function bases; the skew Schur functions; the Jacobi–Trudi identities; the involution \(\omega\); the Hall inner product; Cauchy's formula; the RSK correspondence and how to implement it with both insertion and growth diagrams; the Pieri rules; the Murnaghan–Nakayama rule; Knuth equivalence; jeu de taquin; and the Littlewood–Richardson rule. The book also includes glimpses of recent developments and active areas of research, including Grothendieck polynomials, dual stable Grothendieck polynomials, Stanley's chromatic symmetric function, and Stanley's chromatic tree conjecture. Written in a conversational style, the book contains many motivating and illustrative examples. Whenever possible it takes a combinatorial approach, using bijections, involutions, and combinatorial ideas to prove algebraic results.
The prerequisites for this book are minimal—familiarity with linear algebra, partitions, and generating functions is all one needs to get started. This makes the book accessible to a wide array of undergraduates interested in combinatorics.ReadershipUndergraduate and graduate students interested in algebra and combinatorics.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Symmetric polynomials, the monomial symmetric polynomials, and symmetric functions

The elementary, complete homogeneous, and power sum symmetric functions

Interlude: Evaluations of symmetric functions

Schur polynomials and Schur functions

Interlude: A Rogues’ gallery of symmetric functions

The Jacobi–Trudi identities and an involution on $\Lambda $

The Hall inner product

The Robinson–Schensted–Knuth correspondence

Special products involving Schur functions

The Littlewood–Richardson rule

Linear algebra

Partitions

Permutations


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This book is a readerfriendly introduction to the theory of symmetric functions, and it includes fundamental topics such as the monomial, elementary, homogeneous, and Schur function bases; the skew Schur functions; the JacobiTrudi identities; the involution ww; the Hall inner product; Cauchy's formula; the RSK correspondence and how to implement it with both insertion and growth diagrams; the Pieri rules; the MurnaghanNakayama rule; Knuth equivalence; jeu de taquin; and the LittlewoodRichardson rule. The book also includes glimpses of recent developments and active areas of research, including Grothendieck polynomials, dual stable Grothendieck polynomials, Stanley's chromatic symmetric function, and Stanley's chromatic tree conjecture. Written in a conversational style, the book contains many motivating and illustrative examples.
Anthony Mendesm, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, MAA Reviews


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This book is a readerfriendly introduction to the theory of symmetric functions, and it includes fundamental topics such as the monomial, elementary, homogeneous, and Schur function bases; the skew Schur functions; the Jacobi–Trudi identities; the involution \(\omega\); the Hall inner product; Cauchy's formula; the RSK correspondence and how to implement it with both insertion and growth diagrams; the Pieri rules; the Murnaghan–Nakayama rule; Knuth equivalence; jeu de taquin; and the Littlewood–Richardson rule. The book also includes glimpses of recent developments and active areas of research, including Grothendieck polynomials, dual stable Grothendieck polynomials, Stanley's chromatic symmetric function, and Stanley's chromatic tree conjecture. Written in a conversational style, the book contains many motivating and illustrative examples. Whenever possible it takes a combinatorial approach, using bijections, involutions, and combinatorial ideas to prove algebraic results.
The prerequisites for this book are minimal—familiarity with linear algebra, partitions, and generating functions is all one needs to get started. This makes the book accessible to a wide array of undergraduates interested in combinatorics.
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in algebra and combinatorics.

Chapters

Symmetric polynomials, the monomial symmetric polynomials, and symmetric functions

The elementary, complete homogeneous, and power sum symmetric functions

Interlude: Evaluations of symmetric functions

Schur polynomials and Schur functions

Interlude: A Rogues’ gallery of symmetric functions

The Jacobi–Trudi identities and an involution on $\Lambda $

The Hall inner product

The Robinson–Schensted–Knuth correspondence

Special products involving Schur functions

The Littlewood–Richardson rule

Linear algebra

Partitions

Permutations

This book is a readerfriendly introduction to the theory of symmetric functions, and it includes fundamental topics such as the monomial, elementary, homogeneous, and Schur function bases; the skew Schur functions; the JacobiTrudi identities; the involution ww; the Hall inner product; Cauchy's formula; the RSK correspondence and how to implement it with both insertion and growth diagrams; the Pieri rules; the MurnaghanNakayama rule; Knuth equivalence; jeu de taquin; and the LittlewoodRichardson rule. The book also includes glimpses of recent developments and active areas of research, including Grothendieck polynomials, dual stable Grothendieck polynomials, Stanley's chromatic symmetric function, and Stanley's chromatic tree conjecture. Written in a conversational style, the book contains many motivating and illustrative examples.
Anthony Mendesm, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, MAA Reviews