Statistics on Linear Chord Diagrams

Naiomi T. Cameron, Kendra Killpatrick
2019 Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science  
Linear chord diagrams are partitions of $\left[2n\right]$ into $n$ blocks of size two called chords. We refer to a block of the form $\{i,i+1\}$ as a short chord. In this paper, we study the distribution of the number of short chords on the set of linear chord diagrams, as a generalization of the Narayana distribution obtained when restricted to the set of noncrossing linear chord diagrams. We provide a combinatorial proof that this distribution is unimodal and has an expected value of one. We
more » ... d value of one. We also study the number of pairs $(i,i+1)$ where $i$ is the minimal element of a chord and $i+1$ is the maximal element of a chord. We show that the distribution of this statistic on linear chord diagrams corresponds to the second-order Eulerian triangle and is log-concave.
doi:10.23638/dmtcs-21-2-11 fatcat:xyuc74ia5fhvtjkbcmlzvjhmje