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Counting segmented permutations using bicoloured Dyck paths

Claesson, Anders (2005) Counting segmented permutations using bicoloured Dyck paths. The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 12. ISSN 1077-8926

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Abstract

A bicoloured Dyck path is a Dyck path in which each up-step is assigned one of two colours, say, red and green. We say that a permutation π is σ-segmented if every occurrence o of σ in π is a segment-occurrence (i.e., o is a contiguous subword in π). We show combinatorially the following two results: The 132-segmented permutations of length n with k occurrences of 132 are in one-to-one correspondence with bicoloured Dyck paths of length 2n−4k with k red up-steps. Similarly, the 123-segmented permutations of length n with k occurrences of 123 are in one-to-one correspondence with bicoloured Dyck paths of length 2n−4k with k red up-steps, each of height less than 2. We enumerate the permutations above by enumerating the corresponding bicoloured Dyck paths. More generally, we present a bivariate generating function for the number of bicoloured Dyck paths of length 2n with k red up-steps, each of height less than h. This generating function is expressed in terms of Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind.