Partitions, Durfee symbols, and the Atkin-Garvan moments of ranks

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Atkin and Garvan introduced the moments of ranks of partitions in their work connecting ranks and cranks. Here we consider a combinatorial interpretation of these moments. This requires the introduction of a new representation for partitions, the Durfee symbol, and subsequent refinements. This in turn leads us to a variety of new congruences for our 'marked' Durfee symbols much in the spirit of Dyson's original conjectures on the ranks of partitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-73
Number of pages37
JournalInventiones Mathematicae
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics(all)


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