Limit behavior of maxima in geometric words representing set partitions

Michael Fuchs, Mehri Javanian

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We consider geometric words ω1 ... ωn with letters satisfying the restricted growth property ωk ≪ d + max {ω0,....,ωk-1}, where ω0: = 0 and d ≥ 1. For d = 1 these words are in 1-to-1 correspondence with set partitions and for this case, we show that the number of left-to-right maxima (suitable centered) does not converge to a fixed limit law as n tends to infinity. This becomes wrong for d ≥ 2, for which we prove that convergence does occur and the limit law is normal. Moreover, we also consider related quantities such as the value of the maximal letter and the number of maximal letters and show again non-convergence to a fixed limit law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-331
Number of pages19
JournalApplicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Geometric words
  • Limit laws
  • Moments
  • Restricted growth property
  • Set partitions


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