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### Matchings in countably infinite geometric lattices of finite height

Let $L$ be a countably infinite geometric lattice of finite height $r\ge3$. (A geometric lattice of height $r$ is an atomistic semimodular lattice such that every maximal chain has $r+1$ elements.)
...

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### “The Two Sheriffs” puzzle

This puzzle is taken from the book Mathematical puzzles: a connoisseur's collection by P. Winkler.
Two sheriffs in neighboring towns are on the track of a killer, in a
case involving eight ...

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### How many simple cycles can a graph with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges have?

I am mainly interested in the smallest number of simple cycles a graph with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges must have.
For example, if $m\le n-1$, this number is $0$, then if $n\le m \le 3(n-1)/2$, it is ...

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### Decomposition of a cross-polytope into simplices

Consider the standard embedded $n$-cross polytope $P_n$ with vertices $\pm e_i \in \mathbb R^n$. Let us consider decompositions of this polytope into $2^{n-1}$ simplices, such that these simplices ...

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votes

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### Young tableau with no i in row i, name that derangement

This question has its genesis in a group assignment: $k$ students are to be given oral exams. Each student will be asked one distinct question from $n$ questions given to them earlier, no two students ...

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### Reference request: monochromatic paths in edge-colored complete graphs

Given $k,c \in \mathbb{N}$, let $P(k,c)$ be the minimum $n$ such that no matter how we color the edges of the complete graph $K_n$ with $c$ colors, there is always a monochromatic path of length $k$.
...

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### Identify ring of polynomials symmetric under forgetting variables

I came across the following ring $A$, which appears as a Chow ring. I am wondering if it has been studied before; in particular, I am looking for a reference where this object might have been ...

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### Is there a Degenerate Dependency Local Lemma?

The Lovasz Local Lemma has several generalizations, with names usually starting with L, such as Lopsided or Lefthanded.
Here I ask whether another possible generalization (for which I could not yet ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Number of ways you can form pairs with a group of people when certain people cannot be paired with each other [migrated]

Let's say you have a group of eight people and you want to form them into pairs for group projects.
There are
8!/(4!*2!)
ways to do it. (8! Is the total ...

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**0**answers

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### Bounds on number of distinct substrings

I have a table with $r$ rows of length $\ell$, with each cell containing a letter from an alphabet $A$ of length $a$. I'm trying to determine the expected number of distinct strings of length $k$ ...

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### congruence for Stirling numbers of the first kind

Suppose we write $s(n,k)$ for the Stirling numbers of the first kind. When $p$ is a prime number, I'm interested in knowing when $s(p^a, k)$ is divisible by $p^a$. So:
What is known about ...

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vote

**1**answer

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### Generating function for $t$-residues of partitions using Heisenberg + $\hat{sl_t}$ representation theory

Recall that for $t\geq2$, a partition is a $t$-core if none of its hooklengths is divisible by $t$. It is known that the $t$-cores are parametrized by ${\mathbb Z}^{t-1}$. More precisely, let ...

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### 3-colorings of the unit distance graph of $\Bbb R^3$

Let $\Gamma$ be the unit distance graph of $\Bbb R^3$: points $(x,y)$ form an edge if $|x,y|=1$.
Let $(A,B,C,D)$ be a unit side rhombus in the plane, with a transcendental diagonal, e.g. $A = ...

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### adding a boundary to the finite upper half-plane

Let $\Bbb{F}_q$ be a finite field, let $\delta \in \Bbb{F}_q$ be a non-square, let $\Bbb{F}_{q^2} = \Bbb{F}_q\big( \sqrt{\delta} \big)$ be the corresponding quadratic extension,
and let ...

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votes

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### The Hadwiger number of $L(K_n)$

For $n\in\mathbb{N}$ we consider the set $\{1,\ldots,n\}$ and define the line graph $L(K_n)$ of the complete graph $K_n$ as follows:
$V(L(K_n)) = \big\{\{a,b\}: a,b\in \{1,\ldots, n\}, a\neq b ...

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### Segments on a family of parallel lines

Let $\{l_i:i\in I\}$ be a family of parallel lines on the plane $\mathbb{R}^2$. Suppose for each $i\in I$ there is a closed segment $s_i\subset l_i$. Moreover, for each triple $i_1,i_2,i_3$ there ...

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votes

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### When few simple conditions yield a unique intricate structure

If people were asked to do a brainstorming related to the title, everyone would probably come up with dozens of examples. Those could include things as different as
the Mandelbrot set, Julia sets ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### Is the number of vertices bounded for fixed max degree and fixed diameter?

Are there positive integers $\Delta, d$ such that the following statement is true?
For every $n\in \mathbb{N}$ there is a graph $G = (V,E)$ such that $|V| = n$,
$\Delta(G) \leq \Delta$ ...

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votes

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### Is there a non-explicit characterization of the Specht modules?

It is a basic fact about the symmetric group $S_n$ that its irreducible representations are indexed by partitions of $n$.
My question is, can the association between partitions and irreps be ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Pattern avoidance in Young diagrams

There has been lots of studies on pattern-avoiding permutations. There is also some work done on permutations whose permutation matrix fit in a diagram shape, and then do pattern avoidance on this ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### Edge-disjoint cycles in graphs

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ and a fixed integer $k$ are there any algorithms known which would find the maximum number of edge-disjoint cycles of length $k$ in $G$? If not is there a proof that this ...

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### Transitivity of balanced mass transport in Z

Given two atomic measures $\mu$ and $\nu$ on $\mathbb{Z}$, write $\mu \sim \nu$ iff there exist countable decompositions $\mu = \mu_1 + \mu_2 + \cdots$ and $\nu = \nu_1 + \nu_2 + \cdots$ along with ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

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### Time to generate a filled-in sub-checkered board

Take an $m \times n$ checkered board and one-at-a-time add a piece to an empty square. At what point are you guaranteed to have an $s \times t$ sub-board where all of its squares are filled?
Here I ...

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### Three-halves-free words (analogous to square-free)

A square-free word
is a string of symbols (a "word") that avoids the pattern $XX$, where $X$ is any
consecutive sequence of symbols in the string.
For alphabets of two symbols, the longest square-free ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### ``Occasional'' Laurent phenomenon

This question is motivated by Richard Stanley's A question on the Laurent phenomenon (motivated by his answer to the question what is the probability that a scissor became the champion?).
He asked ...

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### Is there any analytically expressible choice of disjoint perfect matchings?

Consider being given a $d-$regular $(n,n)$-bipartite graph. We know that its edge set decomposes into $d$ disjoint perfect matchings. I want to know if there is a analytic way to pick such a ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Estimating the distribution of minimal hamming distances within a set of strings?

Is their an efficient mathematical way to estimate the distribution of minimal hamming distances for a set of random strings of length 8 over a 4-letter alphabet? E.g. given a set of 100-10,000 ...

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### Is the size of maximum matching in vertex transitive 3-uniform hyper-graph on $n$ vertices always $\Omega(n)$?

What is the best known lower bound on the size of the maximum matching in a vertex transitive $3$-uniform hyper-graph?

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### convex decompositions of the sphere

Consider a decomposition of the sphere $S^n$ into convex pieces (that is, every cell of the cell decomposition is convex, in particular, is contained in a hemisphere). Consider the $k$-skeleta of ...

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### Transitive closure of balanced mass transport in Z (move to close)

Given two atomic measures $\mu$ and $\nu$ on $\mathbb{Z}$, write $\mu \sim \nu$ iff there exist countable decompositions $\mu = \mu_1 + \mu_2 + \cdots$ and $\nu = \nu_1 + \nu_2 + \cdots$ along with ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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### Dense high-degree sub-graphs of dense graphs

Let $G$ be a graph with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges, and let $d=\lfloor\frac{m}{n}\rfloor$ be the rounded-down average-degree. A lemma that is attributed to Erdos says that $G$ has a non-empty induced ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### How large can a set of nearly equidistant points be?

Suppose that $D$ is a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^{k}$ such that all pairwise distances between them belong to $[1,1+\epsilon]$.
It seems that such a set cannot be very large and that its ...

**3**

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**0**answers

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### Is there any good survey on the hook length formula and related topics?

I am recently doing some research related to the hook length formula.
The hook formula counts the number of Young tableaux of certain type.
I find there are plenty of research already been done and ...

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### Mathematicians wearing hats on arbitrary total orders

I've been pondering the following generalisation of a famous problem (the special case where $T = \mathbb{N})$:
Question: We have some totally-ordered set $T$ of mathematicians, each wearing a hat ...

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### Matroid rank decay

Consider a uniform vector matroid $M(0)=U_{m,n}$ of rank $m$ with $n$ points, $n>m>2$ (you can think of it as a set of $n$ points in general position in vector space $F^m$ for some large field ...

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### Applications of small Kakeya sets over finite fields

It was proved by Dvir that a Kakeya set in $\mathbb{F}_q^n$ has size at least $q^n/n!$, a bound which was later improved to $q^n/2^n$.
For $n = 2$ and $q$ odd the exact bound is $q(q+1)/2 + (q-1)/2$ ...

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### Combinatorial identity and Fuss-Catalan numbers

I would like to show that
$$
\lim_{N\to\infty}\frac{1}{N^{np+1}}\frac1{p!}\sum_{j=0}^{p-1}(-1)^j\binom{p-1}{j}
\left(\frac{\Gamma(N+p-j)}{\Gamma(N-j)}\right)^{n+1}
=\frac1{np+1}\binom{(n+1)p}{p},
$$
...

**5**

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**0**answers

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### Have topographs been studied before?

This is my first post on MO so I hope this question is suitable. I have quite a few definitions which I will need to state before my questions at the end of this post. Please let me know if anything ...

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vote

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### Generalization of Little Fermat Theorem for a particular $a$ and perfect shuffles

I'm looking for the smallest $n\in \mathbb{N}$ that solves the following equation:
$$2^n=1 \mod m$$
For an odd $m$. I know that Little Fermat Theorem and Euler Totient give me a solution but they ...

**1**

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**0**answers

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### What is the status on questions related to Bhargava's factorial function?

In Manjul Bhargava's The Factorial Function and Generalizations he motivates a new type of factorial $n!_S$ using by generalizing a few theorems like:
For $k, l \in \mathbb{Z}$, we have $k! \times ...

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### Notions of consistency / heterogeneity in sets of vector values?

The problem
Let us consider a row vector u of size $n\in\mathbb{N}$, containing only binary values (0,1):
$$u=(u_1 \cdots u_n), n\in\mathbb{N}$$
$$\forall i \in \{1\ldots n\}, u_i \in\{0,1\}$$
I ...

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votes

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### Deep questions in number theory not accessible by combinatorial results

Number theory and arithmetic geometry were invented to solve many questions about properties of numbers. What are the some of the foundational results or estimates that are accessible to powerful ...

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vote

**1**answer

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### Dense symmetric unitary integer matrix?

Can someone give me a nontrivial example of a symmetric unitary integer matrix? I'm looking for something as dense as possible (i.e., not too many 0's); 5 <= size <= 8 would be ideal.

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### Combinatorics of palindromic decompositions

This is sort of a companion to my question Number of trivializations of a trivial word in the free group (which in turn is motivated by my earlier question here). It turns out that that question may ...

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### Are there any Algebraic Geometry Theorems that were proved using Combinatorics?

I'm collaborating with some algebraic geometers in a paper, and when writing the introduction I mentioned the interaction of Combinatorics and Algebraic Geometry, and gave some examples like the ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### About structure of the set of perfect matchings of $K_{n,n}$

Are there any special properties known about the set of perfect matchings of $K_{n,n}$? Like any global structure of this set? Some natural way to partition it? Like is there some algebraic structure ...

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### Mass Transportation Through Wonderful Roller

There is a wonderful roller that transports mass from A to B and there is a pile of sand with weight $W$ in point A and we want to transport it to B.
Wonderfulness of roller comes from this property ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### Existence of functions on finite sets with specific propertise

Let $\Omega$ be an universal set and $|\Omega|=N$, denote $\mathcal{F}$ to be the family of all subsets $\subset \Omega$ with cardinal $n$. We now define a function $f:\mathcal{F}\rightarrow \Omega$, ...

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votes

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### Is the union of strongly base-orderable matroids strongly base-orderable?

A matroid is said to be strongly base-orderable if for any two bases $B_1,B_2$ there is a bijection $f:B_1 \to B_2$ such that for any $S\subseteq B_1$ set $(B_1 \setminus S) \cup f(S)$ is also a base.
...

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### For which sidelengths are there polyominos composed of three squares that tile the plane?

Given three naturals $a<b<c$. We consider polyominos, connected or not, which are composed of three squares of sides $a,b,c$.
How can one characterize all triples $a,b,c$ for which such a ...