Combinatorics Seminar: "When do quasisymmetric functions know that trees are different?"

Speaker: Peter McNamara, Bucknell University

Abstract: A famous conjecture of Stanley states that his chromatic symmetric function distinguishes trees. As a quasisymmetric analogue, we conjecture that the chromatic quasisymmetric function of Shareshian and Wachs and of Ellzey distinguishes directed trees. This latter conjecture would be implied by an affirmative answer to a question of Hasebe and Tsujie about the P-partition enumerator distinguishing posets whose Hasse diagrams are trees. They proved the case of rooted trees and our results include a generalization of their result. Open problems will be sprinkled throughout. This is joint work with Jean-Christophe Aval and Karimatou Djenabou.

Host: Nathan Lesnevich