Cheyne Homberger

Generating Permutations with Restricted Containers

with Michael Albert, Jay Pantone, Nathaniel Shar, and Vince Vatter


We investigate a generalization of stacks that we call $\C$-machines. We show how this viewpoint rapidly leads to functional equations for the classes of permutations that $\C$-machines generate, and how these systems of functional equations can frequently be solved by either the kernel method or, much more easily, by guessing and checking. General results about the rationality, algebraicity, and the existence of Wilfian formulas for some classes generated by $\C$-machines are given. We also draw attention to some relatively small permutation classes which, although we can generate thousands of terms of their enumerations, seem to not have D-finite generating functions.