The Algebraic Combinatorics Seminar
Scheduled for Fridays at 3:15 PM (EDT [GTM -4]) in Room 210.
A working seminar (at) of the Fields Institute organized by Nantel Bergeron, Kelvin Chan and Blessing Oni.

Schedule FALL 2023 Click to see/hide schedule

Date Speaker Title (click titles for abstract)
Sep 8 Tianyi Yu (UC San Diego) Analogue of Fomin-Stanley algebra on bumpless pipedreams
Schubert polynomials are distinguished representatives of Schubert cells in the cohomology of the flag variety. Pipedreams (PD) and bumpless pipedreams (BPD) are two combinatorial models of Schubert polynomials. There are many classical perspectives to view PDs: Fomin and Stanley represented each PD as an element in the NilCoexter algebra; Lenart and Sottile converted each PD into a labeled chain in the Bruhat order. In this talk, we unravel the BPD analogues of both viewpoints. One application of our results is a simple bijection between PDs and BPDs via Lenart's growth diagram.
Sep 15 Icebreaker and Problem Suggestions
Sep 22 Félix Gélinas (York) The volume polynomial of a Matroid
To prove the Heron-Rota-Welsh conjecture, Petter Brändén and Jonathan Leake extended the notion of hereditary Lorentzian polynomials associated to simplicial complex to matroid theory. Denoting that such polynomials is the volume polynomial of the Chow ring of a matroid, it is interesting to apply a differential operator $D_u$ and exploring possible connections to the notion of partial derivatives of volume polynomials in geometry. For a given matroid M, the question arises: can we combinatorially describe $D_uVol_M$ when evaluated at specific elements?
Sep 29 Kelvin Chan (York) A bijection that exchanges sends major index to cocharge
We will discuss a bijection on standard tableaux that sends the major index to the cocharge statistics. We will also introduce the problem that motivated the search for this bijection.
Oct 6 Lucas Gagnon (York) Quasisymmetric Varieties for Complex Reflection Groups
This talk will consider Nantel’s suggestion to generalize quasisymmetric functions and varieties to other reflection groups in the context of classical invariant theory for these groups.
Oct 13 N/A Cancelled (reading week)
Oct 20 Farhad Soltani (York) DQSym
We will discuss Quasisymmetric polynomials in 2 sets of variables which is called diagonally quasisymmetric polynomials. We will introduce a possible basis for the space quotient by the ideal generated by positive diagonally quasisymmetric polynomials.
Oct 27 Vasu Tewari (UTM) Forest polynomials and harmonics for Qsym
I will discuss properties of a new basis for the polynomial ring that refines Schubert polynomials and subsequently describe the dual story by considering volumes of combinatorial cubes. Joint work with Philippe Nadeau (Lyon and CNRS).
Nov 3 Li, Yu (UofT) Some combinatorics about cluster algebras of finite type
We explain how to construct a cluster algebra of finite type. The number of seeds in such a cluster algebra is the Catalan number. There is a fan, which I usually refer to as the cluster fan, whose maximal cones are in bijection with the seeds. We suggest how one might hope to construct Panyushev's conjectural involution on the set of ad-nilpotent ideals (whose cardinality is also the Catalan number) using Poincare duality on the cohomology of the toric variety corresponding to the cluster fan.
Nov 10 Vasu Tewari (UTM) Forest polynomials and harmonics for Qsym (Part 2)
We will pick up from where we left off two Fridays ago.
Nov 17 Li, Yu (UofT) Some combinatorics about cluster algebras of finite type (Part 2)
We will pick up where we left off two weeks ago.
Nov 24 Sarah Brauner (LaCIM/UQAM) Card shuffling, q-analogues and derangements
How many times do you need to shuffle a deck of cards to ensure it is adequately mixed? This is a question in probability theory, but for many methods of card shuffling, the answer relies on combinatorics and representation theory. In this talk, I will discuss several classical card-shuffling processes and introduce a natural q-deformation, which can be understood as a random walk on the (Type A) Hecke algebra. Motivated by questions of mixing times, I will present recent results and conjectures concerning the eigenvalues and eigenspaces of these (q-)shuffling operators. Along the way we will see derangements, desarrangements, and tableau combinatorics. This is joint work with Commins and Reiner, as well as Axelrod-Freed, Chiang, Commins and Lang.
Dec 1 N/A Cancelled (CMS Winter meeting)
Dec 8 Nantel Bergeron (York) cyclic action and forest volumes
See title.

Schedule WINTER 2024 Click to see/hide schedule

Date Speaker Title (click titles for abstract)
Jan 12 N/A Cancelled
Jan 19 Nantel Bergeron (York) Cyclic action on quasisymmetric quotient
See title.
Jan 26 N/A Cancelled (CAAC)
Feb 2 Denys Bulavka (Charles University) A Hilton-Milner theorem for exterior algebras

A set family F is pairwise-intersecting if every pair of its members intersect. In 1960, Erdős, Ko, and Rado gave an upper-bound on the size of a pairwise-intersecting family of k-sets coming from a ground set of size n. Moreover, they characterized the families achieving the upper-bound. These are families whose members all share exactly one element, so called trivial families. Later, Hilton and Milner provided the next best upper-bound for pairwise-intersecting families that are not trivial.

There are several generalizations of the above results. We will focus on the case when the set family is replaced with a subspace of the exterior algebra. In this scenario intersection is replaced with the wedge product, being pairwise-intersecting with self-annihilating and being trivial with being annihilated by a 1-form. Scott and Wilmer, and Woodroofe gave an upper-bound on the dimension of self-annihilating subspaces of the exterior algebra. In the current work we show that the better upper-bound coming from Hilton and Milner's theorem holds for non-trivial self-annihilating subspaces.

This talk is based on a joint work with Francesca Gandini and Russ Woodroofe.

Feb 9 Mike Zabrocki (York) Submonoids of the uniform block permutation algebra
I will introduce a problem related to the representation theory of the symmetric group and the uniform block permutation algebra. I will introduce an unusual partial order on the partitions of k and a conjecture about the submonoids of the uniform block permutation algebra that contain the symmetric group.
Feb 16 Lucas Gagnon New statistics for quasisymmetric cycling
I will talk about the character of the cyclic shift on quasisymmetric harmonics, including some new statistics that (conjecturally) describe this action and ways we might use these statistics to make progress on the overall question.
Feb 23 N/A Cancelled (reading week)
Mar 1
Mar 8
Mar 15
Mar 22
Mar 29 N/A Cancelled (Good Friday)
Apr 5
Apr 12

Schedule SUMMER 2024 Click to see/hide schedule

Date Speaker Title (click titles for abstract)
May 10
May 17
May 24
May 31
Jun 7
Jun 14
Jun 21
Jun 28


About the seminar. Every year we pick a new topics to explore.

Year Topic
2022-2023 QSym Varieties, Diagonal QSym coinvariant, Super Harmonics, q,t-Catalan Numbers.
2020-2021 Super Harmonics, Left Regular Bands, and 0/1 Polytopes.
2019-2020 Super Harmonics and some sign variations.
2018-2019 Super Harmonics, steep bounce and a little bit of q-fibonomials.
2017-2018 (Quasi)symmetric functions in superspace, Hopf algebra of planar trees
2016-2017 Quantum Schubert; The theta map; Reduce order of symmetric group; Branching rule between GL(n) and symmetric group.
2015-2016 Positroid and Matroid/ Hopf algebras and quotients.
2014-2015 Fiboland, Symmetric and non symmetric functions
2013-2014 Fiboland, a world of Catalan and Fibonacci numbers
2012-2013 NSym and the Immaculate Basis
2011-2012 k-Schur functions and affine permutations
2010-2011 Littlewood Richardson rule k-Schur functions.
2009-2010 Idempotents and weakly ordered semigroups. (q,t) Catalan Numbers.
2008-2009 Littlewood-Richardson Rule, Shifted Tableaux and P-Schur functions
2007-2008 Open problems around k-Schur functions and non-commutative symmetric functions
2006-2007 Open problems
2005-2006 Cluster Algebras and Quivers
Spring 05 Formal languages and analytic classes of functions
Fall 04 (Quasi-) Symmetric functions in noncommutative variables and applications
Winter 03 Crystal Bases and Representation Theory, Super-algebras, etc.
Fall 03 Quasi-Symmetric functions and applications
Fall 02 Crystal Bases and Representation Theory