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The Dominance Order on Tabloids

Sorry, this should have gone up last Friday.

If \{t\} is a Young tabloid with shape \lambda\vdash n, we can define tabloids \{t^i\} for each i from 1 to n by letting \{t^i\} be formed by the entries in \{t\} less than or equal to i. We define \lambda^i to be the shape of \{t^i\} as a composition. For example, if we have


then we define


Along the way we see why we might want to consider a composition like (0,1) with a zero part.

Anyway, now we define a dominance order on tabloids. If \{s\} and \{t\} are two tabloids with composition sequences \lambda^i and \mu^i, respectively, then we say \{s\} “dominates” \{t\} — and we write \{s\}\triangleright\{t\} — if \lambda^i dominates \mu^i for all i.

As a (big!) example, we can write down the dominance order on all tabloids of shape (2,2):


It’s an exercise to verify that these are indeed all the tabloids with this shape. For each arrow, we can verify the dominance. As an example, let’s show that


First, let’s write down their composition sequences:


Now it should be easy to see on each row that \lambda^i\trianglerighteq\mu^i. As another example, let’s try to compare \begin{array}{cc}\cline{1-2}2&3\\\cline{1-2}1&4\\\cline{1-2}\end{array} and \begin{array}{cc}\cline{1-2}1&4\\\cline{1-2}2&3\\\cline{1-2}\end{array}. Again, we write down their composition sequences:


We see that \lambda^1\not\trianglerighteq\mu^1, but \mu^3\not\trianglerighteq\lambda^3. Thus neither tabloid dominates the other. The other examples to verify this diagram are all similarly straightforward.

January 10, 2011 - Posted by | Algebra, Representation Theory, Representations of Symmetric Groups


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  4. […] have predicted this: we’re going to have orders on generalized tabloids analogous to the dominance and column dominance orders for tabloids without repetitions. Each tabloid (or column tabloid) […]

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  5. The definition of the dominant order on tabloids is too complicate.
    I wonder if using any one of its linear order extension is completely enough for later discussion.

    Comment by Chih-wen Weng | November 29, 2016 | Reply

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