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In that case, the label of WJ n W� is the composition ( 1 , �1 , �2 , · ) �r ) of n. Proof. If {t, S l } � J then WJ n W� has tS1 t instead of t as a generator, which yields a subgroup of index 2. If t E J but 5 1 (j:. J then WJ n W� is generated by J - {t} and again of index 2 in WJ' Finally, if t (j:. J then WJ � W�. 0 . • . 13. Proposition (Coxeter classes in type Dn) . Let W = W� be the Cox eter group of type Dn . We say that a partition A = [A1 ) . ) Ar] of n is all-even, if all parts Ai , = 1 , .

AT = n. As such it is an equivalence class of compos itions of · n under the equivalence relation '" generated by ( . . li+ 1 , . . ) '" ( . . li , . . ). The increasing compositions of n, as well as the decreasing compositions of n, form a set of representatives of the partitions of n. We write A f- n to indicate that A is a partition of n. For example, the partitions of n = 4 can be written as 1( = • • • 57 Coxeter classes where an exponenffial notation is used for repeated entries. 12).

For the sake of completeness the proof is presented here. 7. Proposition. Let 1, K � M � S and denote by (3 � the mark of WK on WJ in WM. Then . I {Wi 2: WK I W E Wl i = ��J1 1 ' 1{Wl( :O: WI I w E w}1 I IN W . 4, o as desired. , the question which representatives ofparabolic subgroups in WM are con jugate in W. Both ingredients are known from the preceding section. 2. 7. Then {3 � , = 1 for all K' � J and the mark {3 T K is given by the formula (3 T K = L INw (WK / ) : NWr (WK/ ) I · K/�K We will 'use this approach here to derive formulas for the marks of the Coxeter groups of classical type.