Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 67–102 | Cite as

Signed enumeration of ribbon tableaux: an approach through growth diagrams



We give an extension of the famous Schensted correspondence to the case of ribbon tableaux, where ribbons are allowed to be of different sizes. This is done by extending Fomin’s growth diagram approach of the classical correspondence, in particular by allowing signs in the enumeration. As an application, we give in particular a combinatorial proof, based on the Murnaghan–Nakayama rule, for the evaluation of the column sums of the character table of the symmetric group.


Ribbon tableaux Growth diagrams Murnaghan–Nakayama rule Garsia–Milne involution principle RSK correspondence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Recherche en InformatiqueUniversité Paris SudOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Fakultät für MathematikUniversität WienViennaAustria

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