Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 313-324

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On the Stanley depth of squarefree Veronese ideals

  • Mitchel T. KellerAffiliated withSchool of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology Email author 
  • , Yi-Huang ShenAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics, University of Science and Technology of China
  • , Noah StreibAffiliated withSchool of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • , Stephen J. YoungAffiliated withSchool of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of TechnologyDepartment of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego


Let K be a field and S=K[x 1,…,x n ]. In 1982, Stanley defined what is now called the Stanley depth of an S-module M, denoted sdepth (M), and conjectured that depth (M)≤sdepth (M) for all finitely generated S-modules M. This conjecture remains open for most cases. However, Herzog, Vladoiu and Zheng recently proposed a method of attack in the case when M=I/J with JI being monomial S-ideals. Specifically, their method associates M with a partially ordered set. In this paper we take advantage of this association by using combinatorial tools to analyze squarefree Veronese ideals in S. In particular, if I n,d is the squarefree Veronese ideal generated by all squarefree monomials of degree d, we show that if 1≤dn<5d+4, then sdepth (I n,d )=⌊(nd)/(d+1)⌋+d, and if d≥1 and n≥5d+4, then d+3≤sdepth (I n,d )≤⌊(nd)/(d+1)⌋+d.


Stanley depth Squarefree monomial ideal Interval partition Squarefree Veronese ideal