Deformation of Chains via a Local Symmetric Group Action

  • Patricia Hersh


A symmetric group action on the maximal chains in a finite, ranked poset is local if the adjacent transpositions act in such a way that $(i,i+1)$ sends each maximal chain either to itself or to one differing only at rank $i$. We prove that when $S_n$ acts locally on a lattice, each orbit considered as a subposet is a product of chains. We also show that all posets with local actions induced by labellings known as $R^* S$-labellings have symmetric chain decompositions and provide $R^* S$-labellings for the type B and D noncrossing partition lattices, answering a question of Stanley.

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