A combinatorial proof of the Kontsevich-Zorich-Boissy classification of Rauzy Classes

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Rauzy Classes and Extended Rauzy Classes are equivalence classes of permutations that arise when studying Interval Exchange Transformations. In 2003, Kontsevich and Zorich classified Extended Rauzy Classes by using data from Translation Surfaces, which are associated to IET's thanks to the Zippered Rectangle Construction of Veech from 1982. In 2009, Boissy finalized the classification of Rauzy Classes also using information from Translation Surfaces. We present in this paper specialized moves in (Extended) Rauzy Classes that allow us to prove the sufficiency and necessity in the previous classification theorems. These results provide a complete, and purely combinatorial, proof of these known results. We end with some general statements about our constructed move.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1983-2025
Number of pages43
JournalDiscrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems- Series A
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Interval exchange transformation
  • Rauzy induction
  • Translation surfaces


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