Power Sum Expansion of Chromatic Quasisymmetric Functions

  • Christos A. Athanasiadis
Keywords: Graph coloring, Quasisymmetric function, Power sum symmetric function, Interval order, Descent, Acyclic orientation


The chromatic quasisymmetric function of a graph was introduced by Shareshian and Wachs as a refinement of Stanley's chromatic symmetric function. An explicit combinatorial formula, conjectured by Shareshian and Wachs, expressing the chromatic quasisymmetric function of the incomparability graph of a natural unit interval order in terms of power sum symmetric functions, is proven. The proof uses a formula of Roichman for the irreducible characters of the symmetric group.

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