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Paper No. 08-15

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C Goldschmidt, JB Martin and D Spano

Fragmenting random permutations

Abstract: Problem 1.5.7 from Pitman’s Saint-Flour lecture notes [9]: Does there exist for each n a Pn-valued fragmentation process (_n,k, 1 _ k _ n) such that _n,k is distributed like the partition generated by cycles of a uniform random permutation of [n] conditioned to have k cycles? We show that the answer is yes. We also give a partial extension to general exchangeable Gibbs partitions.