Michael E. Hoffman

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Given a locally finite graded set A and a commutative, associative operation on A that adds degrees, we construct a commutative multiplication * on the set of noncommutative polynomials in A which we call a quasi-shuffle product; it can be viewed as a generalization of the shuffle product x. We extend this commu-tative algebra structure to a Hopf algebra(More)
We establish a new class of relations among the multiple zeta values k l k , which we call the cyclic sum identities. These identities have an elementary proof, and imply the " sum theorem " for multiple zeta values. They also have a succinct statement in terms of " cyclic derivations " as introduced by Rota, Sagan and Stein. In addition, we discuss the(More)
Let P n and Q n be the polynomials obtained by repeated diierentiation of the tangent and secant functions respectively. From the exponential generating functions of these polynomials we develop relations among their values, which are then applied to various numerical sequences which occur as values of the P n and Q n. For example, P n (0) and Q n (0) are(More)
We begin by considering the graded vector space with a basis consisting of rooted trees, with grading given by the count of non-root vertices. We define two linear operators on this vector space, the growth and pruning operators, which respectively raise and lower grading; their commutator is the operator that multiplies a rooted tree by its number of(More)
We begin with a compact figure that can be folded into smaller replicas of itself, such as the interval or equilateral triangle. Such figures are in one-to-one correspondence with affine Weyl groups. For each such figure in n-dimensional Euclidean space, we construct a sequence of polynomials P/c: Rn —► Rn so that the mapping P^ is conjugate to stretching(More)
Multiple zeta values have been studied by a wide variety of methods. In this article we summarize some of the results about them that can be obtained by an algebraic approach. This involves " coding " the multiple zeta values by monomials in two noncommuting variables x and y. Multiple zeta values can then be thought of as defining a map ζ : H 0 → R from a(More)
In a recent paper, A. Libgober showed that the multiplicative sequence {Q i (c 1 ,. .. , c i)} of Chern classes corresponding to the power series Q(z) = Γ(1 + z) −1 appears in a relation between the Chern classes of certain Calabi-Yau manifolds and the periods of their mirrors. We show that the polynomials Q i can be expressed in terms of multiple zeta(More)
We define a homomorphism ζ from the algebra of quasi-symmetric functions to the reals which involves the Euler constant and multiple zeta values. Besides advancing the study of multiple zeta values, the homomorphism ζ appears in connection with two Hirzebruch genera of almost complex manifolds: the Γ-genus (related to mirror symmetry) and thê Γ-genus(More)