# The Descent Monomials and a Basis for the Diagonally Symmetric Polynomials

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022481303750

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- Allen, E. Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics (1994) 3: 5. doi:10.1023/A:1022481303750

## Abstract

Let **R**(*X*) = **Q**[*x*_{1}, *x*_{2}, ..., *x*_{n}] be the ring of polynomials in the variables *X* = {*x*_{1}, *x*_{2}, ..., *x*_{n}} and **R***(*X*) denote the quotient of **R**(*X*) by the ideal generated by the elementary symmetric functions. Given a σ ∈ *S*_{n}, we let g\(_\sigma (X) = \prod\nolimits_{\sigma _i \succ \sigma _{i + 1} } {(x_{\sigma _1 } x_{\sigma _2 } \ldots x_{\sigma _i } } )\) In the late 1970s I. Gessel conjectured that these monomials, called the *descent monomials*, are a basis for **R***(*X*). Actually, this result was known to Steinberg [10]. A. Garsia showed how it could be derived from the theory of *Stanley-Reisner Rings* [3]. Now let **R**(*X*, *Y*) denote the ring of polynomials in the variables *X* = {*x*_{1}, *x*_{2}, ..., *x*_{n}} and *Y* = {*y*_{1}, *y*_{2}, ..., *y*_{n}}. The *diagonal action* of σ ∈ *S*_{n} on polynomial *P*(*X*, *Y*) is defined as \(\sigma P(X,Y) = P(x_{\sigma _1 } ,x_{\sigma _2 } , \ldots ,x_{\sigma _n } ,y_{\sigma _1 } ,y_{\sigma _2 } , \ldots ,y_{\sigma _n } )\) Let **R**^{ρ}(*X*, *Y*) be the subring of *R*(*X*, *Y*) which is invariant under the diagonal action. Let **R**^{ρ}*(*X*, *Y*) denote the quotient of **R**^{ρ}(*X*, *Y*) by the ideal generated by the elementary symmetric functions in *X* and the elementary symmetric functions in *Y*. Recently, A. Garsia in [4] and V. Reiner in [8] showed that a collection of polynomials closely related to the descent monomials are a basis for **R**^{ρ}*(*X*, *Y*). In this paper, the author gives elementary proofs of both theorems by constructing algorithms that show how to expand elements of **R***(*X*) and **R**^{ρ}*(*X*, *Y*) in terms of their respective bases.