On the Fourier expansion of word maps

Ori Parzanchevski, Gili Schul

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Frobenius observed that the number of times an element of a finite group is obtained as a commutator is given by a specific combination of the irreducible characters of the group. More generally, for any word w the number of times an element is obtained by substitution in w is a class function. Thus, it has a presentation as a combination of irreducible characters, called the Fourier expansion of w. In this paper, we present formulas regarding the Fourier expansion of words in which some letters appear twice. These formulas give simple proofs for classical results, as well as new ones.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of the London Mathematical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


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