In algebra and in particular in algebraic combinatorics, the **ring of symmetric functions**, is a specific limit of the rings of symmetric polynomials in *n* indeterminates, as *n* goes to infinity. This ring serves as universal structure in which relations between symmetric polynomials can be expressed in a way independent of the number *n* of indeterminates (but its elements are neither polynomials nor functions). Among other things, this ring plays an important role in the representation theory of the symmetric groups.

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