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Kerov's interlacing sequences and random matrices

Journal of Mathematical Physics. 2013. Vol. 54. No. 113302. P. 1-10.
Bufetov A.

To a $N \times N$ real symmetric matrix Kerov assigns a piecewise linear function whose local minima are the eigenvalues of this matrix and whose local maxima are the eigenvalues of its $(N-1) \times (N-1)$ submatrix. We study the scaling limit of Kerov's piecewise linear functions for Wigner and Wishart matrices. For Wigner matrices the scaling limit is given by the Verhik-Kerov-Logan-Shepp curve which is known from asymptotic representation theory. For Wishart matrices the scaling limit is also explicitly found, and we explain its relation to the Marchenko-Pastur limit spectral law.