Combinatorial aspects of skew representations of the symmetric group

A. M. Garsia, M. L. Wachs

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We give here a very simple combinatorial construction of the skew representations of Sn. For the case of hook shapes we give a purely combinatorial proof that our construction does give a representation. In the general case our proof is in terms of A. Young's natural units. One of the biproducts of our construction is an elementary and direct proof of the Murnaghan-Nakayama rule for the character of a general skew representation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-81
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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