Some Properties of the Parking Function Poset

  • Bérénice Delcroix-Oger
  • Matthieu Josuat-Vergès
  • Lucas Randazzo


In 1980, Edelman defined a poset on objects called the noncrossing 2-partitions. They are closely related with noncrossing partitions and parking functions. To some extent, his definition is a precursor of the parking space theory, in the framework of finite reflection groups. We present some enumerative and topological properties of this poset. In particular, we get a formula counting certain chains, that encompasses formulas for Whitney numbers (of both kinds). We prove shellability of the poset, and compute its homology as a representation of the symmetric group. We moreover link it with two well-known polytopes : the associahedron and the permutohedron.

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