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### Set maps, umbral calculus, and the chromatic polynomial

**Algebra & Discrete Mathematics**

Speaker: | Gus Wiseman, UC Davis |

Location: | 693 Kerr |

Start time: | Mon, Apr 25 2005, 3:10PM |

Some important properties of the chromatic polynomial also hold for any polynomial set map satisfying a certain binomial type identity. Using elementary umbral calculus, we give a formula for the expansion of such a set map in terms of any associated sequence (or Sheffer sequence). Applications to graph coloring are numerous, including several new expansions of the chromatic polynomial. By extending associated sequences to symmetric function bases, we also obtain corresponding expansions of the chromatic symmetric function.