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Notes on the proof of the van der Waerden permanent conjecture
N/A (2018)
  • Vicente Valle Martinez, Iowa State University
The permanent of an $n\times n$ matrix $A=(a_{i j})$ with real entries is defined by the sum
$$\sum_{\sigma \in S_n} \prod_{i=1}^{n} a_{i \sigma(i)}$$
where $S_n$ denotes the symmetric group on the $n$-element set $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$.
In this creative component we survey some known properties of permanents, calculation of permanents for particular types of matrices and their applications in combinatorics and linear algebra. Then we follow the lines of van Lint's exposition of Egorychev's proof for the van der Waerden's conjecture on the permanents of doubly stochastic matrices. The purpose of this component is to provide elementary proofs of several interesting known facts related to permanents of some special matrices. It is an expository survey paper in nature and reports no new findings.
  • permanent,
  • determinant,
  • cycle cover,
  • perfect matching,
  • combinatorics,
  • doubly stochastic matrices
Publication Date
Spring April 24, 2018
Citation Information
Vicente Valle Martinez. "Notes on the proof of the van der Waerden permanent conjecture" N/A (2018)
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