Thursday, October 22, 2020

Michael Schlosser (University of Vienna) - October 22, 2020 - 3:55 PM-5:00 PM (IST)

The next talk in the seminar is by Michael Schlosser.  This talk is a longer version of a talk he presented recently in an AMS regional meeting. Please note that this time the talk will be on Zoom. 

Talk announcement

Title: Basic hypergeometric proofs of two quadruple equidistributions of Euler-Stirling statistics on ascent sequences

Speaker: Michael Schlosser (University of Vienna, Austria).

When: Thursday October 22, 3:55 PM-5:00 PM

Where: ZOOM this time. Please write to to get the link to the talk. It is best to write a day in advance.  (The link will be open at 3:30 PM for the organizers to test their systems)

Tea or Coffee: Please bring your own.

In my talk, I will present new applications of basic hypergeometric series to specific problems in enumerative combinatorics. The combinatorial problems we are interested in concern multiply refined equidistributions on ascent sequences. (I will gently explain these notions in my talk!) Using bijections we are able to suitably decompose some quadruple distributions we are interested in and obtain functional equations and ultimately generating functions from them, in the form of explicit basic hypergeometric series. The problem of proving equidistributions then reduces to applying suitable transformations of basic hypergeometric series. The situation in our case however is tricky (caused by the fact how the power series variable $r$ appears in the base $q=1-r$ of the respective basic hypergeometric series; so being interested in the generating function in $r$ as a Maclaurin series, we are thus interested in the analytic expansion of the nonterminating basic hypergeometric series in base $q$ around the point $q=1$), as none of the known transformations appear to directly work to settle our problems; we require the derivation of new identities. Specifically, we use the classical Sears transformation and apply some analytic tools to establish a new non terminating ${}_4\phi_3$ transformation formula of base $q$, valid as an identity in a neighborhood around $q=1$. We use special cases of this formula to deduce two different quadruple equidistribution results involving Euler--Stirling statistics on ascent sequences.  One of them concerns a symmetric equidistribution, the other confirms a bi symmetric equidistribution that was recently conjectured in a paper (published in JCTA) by Shishuo Fu, Emma Yu Jin, Zhicong Lin, Sherry H.F. Yan, and Robin D.B. Zhou. 

This is joint work with Emma Yu Jin. For full results (and further ones), see

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Debashis Ghoshal (SPS, JNU) - October 8, 2020 - 3:55 pm - 5 PM (IST)

The next talk in the Special Functions and Number Theory is as below. The speaker, Debashis Ghoshal, is one of the most regular attendees and long term supporters of this Seminar. We have long asked him to show how special functions arise in his work and to perhaps tell us about some problems. 

Talk announcement

Speaker: Debashis Ghoshal (School of Physical Sciences, JNU)

Title: Two-dimensional gauge theories, intersection numbers and special functions

Where: Please write to to get the link to the talk. It is best to write a day in advance.  (The link will be open at 3:30 PM for the organizers to test their systems)

Tea or Coffee: Please bring your own.

Abstract: The partition function of two dimensional Yang-Mills theory contains a wealth of information about the moduli space of connections on surfaces. We study this problem on a special class of surfaces of infinite genus, which are constructed recursively. While the results are suggestive of an underlying geometrical structure, we use it as a prop to efficiently compute results for finite genus surfaces. Riemann zeta function, confluent hypergeometric function and its truncations show up in explicit computations for the gauge group SU(2). Much of the corresponding results are open for other groups.