k-Eulerian Posets

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A poset P is called k-Eulerian if every interval of rank k is Eulerian. The class of k-Eulerian posets interpolates between graded posets and Eulerian posets. It is a straightforward observation that a 2k-Eulerian poset is also (2k+1)-Eulerian. We prove that the ab-index of a (2k+1)-Eulerian poset can be expressed in terms of c = a + b, d = ab + ba and e2k+1 = (a - b)2k+1. The proof relies upon the algebraic approaches of Billera-Liu and Ehrenborg-Readdy. We extend the Billera-Liu flag algebra to a Newtonian coalgebra. This flag Newtonian coalgebra forms a Laplace pairing with the Newtonian coalgebra k(a, b) studied by Ehrenborg-Readdy. The ideal of flag operators that vanish on (2k + 1)-Eulerian posets is also a coideal. Hence, the Laplace pairing implies that the dual of the coideal is the desired subalgebra of k(a, b). As a corollary we obtain a proof of the existence of the cd-index which does not use induction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author thanks Gábor Hetyei and Margaret Readdy for inspiring discussions. The author was supported by National Science Foundation, DMS 97-29992, and NEC Research Institute, Inc. while at the Institute for Advanced Study and partially supported by Swedish Natural Science Research Council DNR 702-238/98. This paper was completed at Cornell University under support by National Science Foundation grants DMS 98-00910 and DMS 99-83660.


  • Flag operators
  • cd-index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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