Let W be a finite reflection (or Coxeter) group and K: R2 → R. We define the concept of total positivity for the function K with respect to the group W. For the case in which W = Gn, the group of permutations on n symbols, this notion reduces to the classical formulation of total positivity. We prove a basic composition formula for this generalization of total positivity, and in the case in which W is the Weyl group for a compact connected Lie group we apply an integral formula of Harish-Chandra (Amer. J. Math.79 (1957), 87-120) to construct examples of totally positive functions. In particular, the function K(x, y)= exy, (x, y) ∈ ℝ2, is totally positive with respect to any Weyl group W. As an application of these results, we derive an FKG-type correlation inequality in the case in which W is the Weyl group of SO(5).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Numerical Analysis
- Applied Mathematics