# Zero excess and minimal length in finite coxeter groups

Hart, Sarah B. and Rowley, P.J. (2010) Zero excess and minimal length in finite coxeter groups. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED, unpublished working paper. (Unpublished)

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Let \mathcal{W} be the set of strongly real elements of W, a Coxeter group. Then for $w \in \mathcal{W}$, $e(w)$, the excess of w, is defined by $e(w) = \min min \{l(x)+l(y) - l(w)| w = xy; x^2 = y^2 =1}$. When $W$ is finite we may also define E(w), the reflection excess of $w$. The main result established here is that if $W$ is finite and $X$ is a $W$-conjugacy class, then there exists $w \in X$ such that $w$ has minimal length in $X$ and $e(w) = 0 = E(w)$.