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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 243-249

Analysis of straightening formula

Department of Mathematics, Oakland University, Rochester Michigan 48063, USA

Received 23 March 1987

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The straightening formula has been an essential part of a proof showing that the set of standard bitableaux (or the set of standard monomials in minors) gives a free basis for a polynomial ring in a matrix of indeterminates over a field. The straightening formula expresses a nonstandard bitableau as an integral linear cobmbination of standard bitableaux. In this paper we analyse the exchanges in the process of straightening a nonstandard pure tableau of depth two. We give precisely the number of steps required to straighten a given violation of a nonstandard tableau. We also characterise the violation which is eliminated in a single step.