Jack function

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In mathematics, the Jack function, introduced by Henry Jack, is a homogeneous, symmetric polynomial which generalizes the Schur and zonal polynomials, and is in turn generalized by the Heckman–Opdam polynomials and Macdonald polynomials.


The Jack function J_\kappa^{(\alpha )}(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_m) of integer partition \kappa, parameter \alpha and arguments x_1,x_2,\ldots, can be recursively defined as follows:

For m=1 
J_{k}^{(\alpha )}(x_1)=x_1^k(1+\alpha)\cdots (1+(k-1)\alpha)
For m>1
J_\kappa^{(\alpha )}(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_m)=\sum_\mu
J_\mu^{(\alpha )}(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_{m-1})
x_m^{|\kappa /\mu|}\beta_{\kappa \mu},

where the summation is over all partitions \mu such that the skew partition \kappa/\mu is a horizontal strip, namely

(\mu_n must be zero or otherwise J_\mu(x_1,\ldots,x_{n-1})=0) and

 \prod_{(i,j)\in \kappa} B_{\kappa\mu}^\kappa(i,j)
\prod_{(i,j)\in \mu} B_{\kappa\mu}^\mu(i,j)

where B_{\kappa\mu}^\nu(i,j) equals \kappa_j'-i+\alpha(\kappa_i-j+1) if \kappa_j'=\mu_j' and \kappa_j'-i+1+\alpha(\kappa_i-j) otherwise. The expressions \kappa' and \mu' refer to the conjugate partitions of \kappa and \mu, respectively. The notation (i,j)\in\kappa means that the product is taken over all coordinates (i,j) of boxes in the Young diagram of the partition \kappa.

C normalization[edit]

The Jack functions form an orthogonal basis in a space of symmetric polynomials, with inner product: \langle f,g\rangle = \int_{[0,2\pi]^n}f(e^{i\theta_1},\cdots,e^{i\theta_n})\overline{g(e^{i\theta_1},\cdots,e^{i\theta_n})}\prod_{1\le j<k\le n}|e^{i\theta_j}-e^{i\theta_k}|^{2/\alpha}d\theta_1\cdots d\theta_n

This orthogonality property is unaffected by normalization. The normalization defined above is typically referred to as the J normalization. The C normalization is defined as



j_\kappa=\prod_{(i,j)\in \kappa}

For \alpha=2,\; C_\kappa^{(2)}(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n) denoted often as just C_\kappa(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n) is known as the Zonal polynomial.

Connection with the Schur polynomial[edit]

When \alpha=1 the Jack function is a scalar multiple of the Schur polynomial

J^{(1)}_\kappa(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n) = H_\kappa s_\kappa(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n),


H_\kappa=\prod_{(i,j)\in\kappa} h_\kappa(i,j)=
\prod_{(i,j)\in\kappa} (\kappa_i+\kappa_j'-i-j+1)

is the product of all hook lengths of \kappa.


If the partition has more parts than the number of variables, then the Jack function is 0:

J_\kappa^{(\alpha )}(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_m)=0, \mbox{ if }\kappa_{m+1}>0.

Matrix argument[edit]

In some texts, especially in random matrix theory, authors have found it more convenient to use a matrix argument in the Jack function. The connection is simple. If X is a matrix with eigenvalues x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_m, then

J_\kappa^{(\alpha )}(X)=J_\kappa^{(\alpha )}(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_m).


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