Mathematical Research Letters

Volume 16 (2009)

Number 4

On the structure of Goulden-Jackson-Vakil formula

Pages: 703 – 710



S. Shadrin (University of Amsterdam)


We study the structure of the Goulden-Jackson-Vakil formula that relates Hurwitz numbers to some conjectural “intersection numbers” on a conjectural family of varieties $X_{g,n}$ of dimension $4g-3+n$. We give explicit formulas for the properly arranged generating function for these “intersection numbers”, and prove that it satisfies Hirota equations. This generalizes and substantially simplifies our earlier results with Zvonkine.

Published 1 January 2009