A. Kasraoui

Pattern avoidance in ordered set partitions and words

Abstract. We consider the enumeration of ordered set partitions avoiding a permutation pattern, as introduced by Godbole, Goyt, Herdan and Pudwell. Let $\op_{n,k}(p)$ be the number of ordered set partitions of $\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ into $k$ blocks that avoid a permutation pattern $p$. We establish an explicit identity between the number $\op_{n,k}(p)$ and the numbers of words avoiding the inverse of $p$. This identity allows us to easily translate results on pattern-avoiding words obtained in earlier works into equivalent results on pattern-avoiding ordered set partitions. In particular, \emph{(a)} we determine the asymptotic growth rate of the sequence $(\op_{n,k}(p))_{n\geq 1}$ for every positive $k$ and every permutation pattern $p$, \emph{(b)} we partially confirm a conjecture of Godbole et al. concerning the variation of the sequences $(\op_{n,k}p))_{1\leq k\leq n}$, \emph{(c)} we undertake a detailed study of the number of ordered set partitions avoiding a pattern of length 3.
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