On the distance between the expressions of a permutation

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On the distance between the expressions of a permutation
Abstract. We prove that the combinatorial distance between any two reduced expressions of a given permutation of {1, ..., n} in terms of transpositions lies in O(n4), a sharp bound. Using a connection with the intersection numbers of certain curves in van Kampen diagrams, we prove that this bound is sharp, and give a practical criterion for proving that the derivations provided by the reversing algorithm of [Dehornoy, JPAA 116 (1997) 115-197] are optimal. We also show the existence of length expressions whose reversing requires C 4 elementary steps. This paper is about the various ways of expressing a permutation as a product of transpositions and the complexity of transforming one such expression into another. We consider both the absolute complexity ("combinatorial distance"), which deals with the minimal possible number of steps, and the more specific complexity ("reversing complexity"), which arises when one uses subword reversing, a certain prescribed strategy ...
Patrick Dehornoy, Marc Autord
Added 10 Dec 2010
Updated 10 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where EJC
Authors Patrick Dehornoy, Marc Autord
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