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Quasisymmetric Schur functions

The quasisymmetric Schur functions, $\{\qSchur_\alpha \},$ were introduced by J. Haglund, K. Luoto, S. Mason and S. van Willigenburg [HLMvW11a]. These refine the classical Schur functions in the sense that

\[ \schurS_\lambda(\xvec) = \sum_{\alpha \sim \lambda} \qSchur_\alpha(\xvec), \]

where the sum is taken over all compositions $\alpha$ whose parts rearrange to the parts of $\lambda.$ The $\{\qSchur_\alpha \}$ constitute a basis for the space of quasisymmetric functions.

A skew version is introduced in [BLW11], and they show that the skew quasisymmetric Schur functions expand positively into quasisymmetric Schur functions.

The quasisymmetric Schur functions can be described as certain characters of the 0-Hecke algebra, see [TvW15].

The original definition of the quasisymmetric Schur functions is in terms of Demazure atoms:


Let $\alpha$ be a composition. Then

\[ \qSchur_\alpha(\xvec) \coloneqq \sum_{\gamma : \mathrm{comp}(\gamma) = \alpha} \atom_{\gamma}(\xvec) \]

where the sum ranges over all weak compositions $\gamma$ which can be obtained by inserting $0$s between parts of $\alpha.$

We can compute the expansion of $\qSchur_\alpha$ in terms of fundamental quasisymmetric functions by using standard reverse composition tableaux. A semistandard reverse composition tableaux, (SSRCT), of shape $\alpha \vDash n$ is a filling of the diagram $\alpha$ (English notation) with positive integers such that

  1. rows are weakly decreasing;
  2. the first column is strictly increasing with the row index;
  3. for every triple $a,$ $b$ $c$ arranged as
     $ \vdots$

    we have that $a \leq b$ implies that the box $c$ is present and $a\lt c.$

A standard reverse composition tableaux (SRCT) uses each integer $1,2,\dotsc,n$ exactly once in the filling. The descent set $\des(T)$ of a SRCT is defined as

\[ \des(T) := \{ i : i+1 \text{ appears weakly to the right of } i \}. \]
Example (Example of a SRCT and its descent set).

(From [TvW15]) The tableau below is an element in $SRCT(3,4,3,2)$ and has descent set $\{1,2,5,8,9,11\}.$


We have that the fundamental quasisymmetric expansion of $\qSchur_\alpha$ is given by

\[ \qSchur_\alpha(\xvec) = \sum_{T \in \mathrm{SRTC}(\alpha)} \gessel_{\DES(T)}(\xvec). \]

Skew quasisymmetric Schur functions have a similar expansion.

Example (Fundamental expansion of $\qSchur_{(2,1,3)}$).

(From [Ex. 2.7, TvW15]) We have that $\qSchur_{(2,1,3)} = \gessel_{(2,1,3)} + \gessel_{(2,2,2)}+\gessel_{(1,2,1,2)},$ corresponding to the three SRTCs


where the descents are the bold entries.

Young quasisymmetric Schur functions

The Young quasisymmetric Schur functions, introduced in [LMW13], are obtained from the quasisymmetric Schur functions via the relation $\yqSchur_\alpha = \rho(\qSchur_{\rev(\alpha)})$ where $\rho$ is a certain involution on quasisymmetric functions.

Row-strict quasisymmetric Schur functions

The row-strict quasisymmetric Schur functions were first studied by S. Mason and J. Remmel [MR13] in 2013. These quasisymmetric functions are indexed by compositions, and refine the Schur functions as $\schurS_\lambda(\xvec) = \sum_{\alpha \sim \lambda'} \rsqSchur_\alpha(\xvec).$

The relation with the quasisymmetric Schur functions is straightforward; we have that $qSchur_\alpha = \omega(\rsqSchur_\alpha),$ where $\omega$ is a certain involution on quasisymmetric functions.

A product rule for multiplying a row-strict quasisymmetric Schur function with a regular Schur function, and expanding into row-strict Schur functions, is given in [Thm 13, Fer11a]. See also [Thm. 10, Thm. 11, MN15].

Row-strict Young quasisymmetric Schur functions

Row-strict Young quasisymmetric Schur functions and their skew versions are introduced in [MN15]. They can be defined via the relation with Young quasisymmetric Schur functions: $\rsyqSchur_\alpha = \omega(\yqSchur_\alpha),$ see [Thm. 12, MN15].

A 0-Hecke algebra module whose charateristic is given by $\rsyqSchur_\alpha$ is provided in \cref{}.

Dual immaculate Schur functions

The dual immaculate Schur functions (and their skew version), $\{\diSchur_\alpha\},$ were introduced in [BBSSZ14]. They constitute a basis for the space of quasisymmetric functions. The original definition is that they are dual to the immaculate Schur functions, which are non-commutative.

We have [Prop. 3.37, BBSSZ14] that

\[ \diSchur_\alpha = \sum_{\beta \leq_\ell \alpha} L_{\alpha,\beta} \gessel_\beta \]

where $L_{\alpha,\beta}$ are certain non-negative coefficients, and $\leq_\ell$ denotes lexicographic ordering.

Note: The Schur functions are not positive in the dual immaculate basis!

Extended Schur functions

The extended Schur functions were introduced by S. Assaf and D. Searles in [AS19c]. They are obtained by taking the stable limit of lock polynomials. Alternatively, the extended Schur functions are dual to the shin polynomials (see [CFLSX14]) which constitute a basis for the ring of non-commutative symmetric functions.

For a connection with 0-Hecke algebra, see [Sea20], where these are shown to be characters of certain 0-Hecke modules.