Skew Schubert functions and the Pieri formula for flag manifolds Academic Article uri icon


  • We show the equivalence of the Pieri formula for flag manifolds with certain identities among the structure constants for the Schubert basis of the polynomial ring. This gives new proofs of both the Pieri formula and of these identities. A key step is the association of a symmetric function to a finite poset with labeled Hasse diagram satisfying a symmetry condition. This gives a unified definition of skew Schur functions, Stanley symmetric functions, and skew Schubert functions (defined here). We also use algebraic geometry to show the coefficient of a monomial in a Schubert polynomial counts certain chains in the Bruhat order, obtainng a combinatorial chain construction of Schubert polynomials.

published proceedings

  • Transactions of the American Mathematical Society

author list (cited authors)

  • Bergeron, N., & Sottile, F.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Bergeron, Nantel||Sottile, Frank

publication date

  • September 2001