Journal of Integer Sequences, Vol. 12 (2009), Article 09.5.1

Equidistribution of Descents, Adjacent Pairs, and Place-Value Pairs on Permutations

Emeric Deutsch
Department of Mathematics
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Sergey Kitaev
The Mathematics Institute
School of Computer Science
Reykjavík University
IS-103 Reykjavík

Jeffrey Remmel
Department of Mathematics
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112


An $(X,Y)$-descent in a permutation is a pair of adjacent elements such that the first element is from $X$, the second element is from $Y$, and the first element is greater than the second one. An $(X,Y)$-adjacency in a permutation is a pair of adjacent elements such that the first one is from $X$ and the second one is from $Y$. An $(X,Y)$-place-value pair in a permutation is an element $y$ in position $x$, such that $y$ is in $Y$ and $x$ is in $X$. It turns out, that for certain choices of $X$ and $Y$ some of the three statistics above become equidistributed. Moreover, it is easy to derive the distribution formula for $(X,Y)$-place-value pairs thus providing distribution for other statistics under consideration too. This generalizes some results in the literature. As a result of our considerations, we get combinatorial proofs of several remarkable identities. We also conjecture existence of a bijection between two objects in question preserving a certain statistic.

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Received March 14 2009; revised version received June 21 2009. Published in Journal of Integer Sequences, June 21 2009.

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