Leibniz-Hopf algebra

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Let be the free associative algebra on over the integers. Give a Hopf algebra structure by means of the following co-multiplication, augmentation, and antipode:


where the sum is over all strings , , such that . This makes a Hopf algebra, called the Leibniz–Hopf algebra. This Hopf algebra is important, e.g., in the theory of curves of non-commutative formal groups (see Formal group) [a1], [a2], [a5]. Its commutative quotient , with the same co-multiplication, is the underlying Hopf algebra of the (big) Witt vector functor (see Witt vector) and it plays an important role in the classification theory of unipotent commutative algebraic groups and in the theory of commutative formal groups (amongst other things) [a3].

The Leibniz–Hopf algebra is free as a -module and graded. Its graded dual is also a Hopf algebra, whose underlying algebra is the overlapping shuffle algebra . As a -module, is free with basis , the free monoid (see Free semi-group) of all words in the alphabet with the duality pairing given by

The overlapping shuffle product of two such words , is equal to

where the sum is over all and pairs of order-preserving injective mappings , such that , and where

with if , and similarly for .

For example,

The terms of maximal length of the overlapping shuffle product form the shuffle product, see Shuffle algebra.

A word , , is elementary if the greatest common divisor of is . With this terminology, the Ditters–Scholtens theorem [a4], [a5] says that, as an algebra over , the overlapping shuffle algebra is the free commutative polynomial algebra with as generators the elementary concatenation powers of elementary Lyndon words (see Lyndon word). (E.g., the third concatenation power of is .) In contrast with the case of the shuffle algebra, this theorem already holds over (not just over ).


[a1] E.J. Ditters, "Curves and formal (co)groups" Invent. Math. , 17 (1972) pp. 1–20
[a2] E.J. Ditters, "Groupes formels" , Lecture Notes , Univ. Paris XI: Orsay (1974)
[a3] M. Hazewinkel, "Formal groups and applications" , Acad. Press (1978)
[a4] M. Hazewinkel, "The Leibniz Hopf algebra and Lyndon words" Preprint AM CWI , 9612 (1996)
[a5] A.C.J. Scholtens, "-Typical curves in non-commutative Hopf algebras" , Free Univ. Amsterdam (1996) (Thesis)
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This article was adapted from an original article by M. Hazewinkel (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article