Publication Date

2011-07-22

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2011-07-22

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

Mathematics (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2011-07-20

First Committee Member

Michelle Wachs

Second Committee Member

Drew Armstrong

Third Committee Member

Alexander Dvorsky

Fourth Committee Member

Mitsunori Ogihara

Abstract

Eulerian quasisymmetric functions were introduced by Shareshian and Wachs in order to obtain a q-analog of Euler's exponential generating function formula for the Eulerian polynomials. They are defined via the symmetric group, and applying the stable and nonstable principal specializations yields formulas for joint distributions of permutation statistics. We consider the wreath product of the cyclic group with the symmetric group, also known as the group of colored permutations. We use this group to introduce colored Eulerian quasisymmetric functions, which are a generalization of Eulerian quasisymmetric functions. We derive a formula for the generating function of these colored Eulerian quasisymmetric functions, which reduces to a formula of Shareshian and Wachs for the Eulerian quasisymmetric functions. We show that applying the stable and nonstable principal specializations yields formulas for joint distributions of colored permutation statistics. The family of colored permutation groups includes the family of symmetric groups and the family of hyperoctahedral groups, also called the type A Coxeter groups and type B Coxeter groups, respectively. By specializing our formulas to these cases, they reduce to the Shareshian-Wachs q-analog of Euler's formula, formulas of Foata and Han, and a new generalization of a formula of Chow and Gessel.

Keywords

Signed permutations; Colored permutations; Permutation statistics; Eulerian polynomials; Quasisymmetric functions; Symmetric functions

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