Welcome to the course web page for the Fall 2016 manifestation of MAT 526: Topics in Combinatorics at Northern Arizona University. We will be using the recently published textbook Eulerian Numbers by T. Petersen (DePaul University).

AMB 176

10:15-11:15 MWF and 9-10 TTh (or by appointment)

dana.ernst@nau.edu

928.523.6852

dcernst.github.io/teaching/mat526f16

The tentative plan is to cover Chapters 1-6 and 11 of Eulerian Numbers, but we may cover more or less depending on time and interests. Here are the proposed topics:

- Eulerian numbers
- Binomial coefficients
- Generating functions
- Classical Eulerian numbers
- Eulerian polynomials
- Two important identities
- Exponential generating function
- Narayana numbers
- Catalan numbers
- Pattern-avoiding permutations
- Narayana numbers
- Dyck paths
- Planar binary trees
- Noncrossing partitions
- Partially ordered sets
- Basic definitions and terminology
- Labeled posets and P-partitions
- The shard intersection order
- The lattice of noncrossing partitions
- Absolute order and Noncrossing partitions
- Gamma-nonnegativity
- The idea of gamma-nonnegativity
- Gamma-nonnegativity for Eulerian numbers
- Gamma-nonnegativity for Narayana numbers
- Palindromicity, unimodality, and the gamma basis
- Computing the gamma vector
- Real roots and log-concavity
- Symmetric boolean decomposition
- Weak order, hyperplane arrangements, and the Tamari lattice
- Inversions
- The weak order
- The braid arrangement
- Euclidean hyperplane arrangements
- Products of faces and the weak order on chambers
- Set compositions
- The Tamari lattice
- Rooted planar trees and faces of the associahedron
- Refined enumeration
- The idea of a $q$-analogue
- Lattice paths by area
- Lattice paths by major index
- Euler-Mahonian distributions
- Descents and major index
- $q$-Catalan numbers
- $q$-Narayana numbers
- Dyck paths by area
- Coxeter groups
- The symmetric group
- Finite Coxeter groups: generators and relations
- $W$-Mahonian distribution
- $W$-Eulerian numbers
- Finite reflection groups and root systems
- The Coxeter arrangement and the Coxeter complex
- Action of $W$ and cosets of parabolic subgroups
- Counting faces in the Coxeter complex
- The $W$-Euler-Mahonian distribution
- The weak order
- The shard intersection order

Mathematics & Teaching

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Website

928.523.6852

Twitter

Instagram

GitHub

arXiv

ResearchGate

Academia.edu

Mendeley

Google Scholar

Impact Story

ORCID

MAT 220: Math Reasoning

MAT 320: Foundations of Math

This website was created using GitHub Pages and Jekyll together with Twitter Bootstrap.

Unless stated otherwise, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License.

The views expressed on this site are my own and are not necessarily shared by my employer Northern Arizona University.

The source code is on GitHub.