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A number array related to colored necklaces and the primes

I stumbled upon entry OEIS-A208535 on the enumeration of certain kinds of colored necklaces and noticed that the integers for the odd prime rows of the table there seem to be given by the Moreau ...
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What is known about the chromatic number for minimum-distance graphs in higher dimensions?

For a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^d$ with minimum distance $a$, the minimum-distance graph connect two points iff they are at distance $a$. We can also view it as the tangency graph for a set of ...
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Fundamental invariants for root subsystems

Let $\Phi$ be an irreducible root system of rank $\ell$. The fundamental invariants of $\Phi$ is a set of $\ell$ integers $d_1, \cdots, d_\ell$ canonically attached to $\Phi$. Now suppose $\Psi$ is ...
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On the ratio of Gilbreath sequences

Definitions: let $n \in \mathbb{N}_{>0} \cup \{ \infty \}$ and let $E_n$ be the set of sequences $(d_i)_{i=1}^n$ such that $d_1=1$, $d_i$ is an even integer (for $i > 1$) and $0<d_i \le i$. ...
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Separating points in the plane II

Let A be a set of $2m$ points on the plane so that no open set of diameter $2$ has more than m of them. Define $A+A+...+A$ ($k$ times) to be the multiset of $k$-sums from $A$. That is, we consider all ...
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Is fourier analysis necessary to prove this?

I have a couple of inequalities that I want to prove. The proof is easy using fourier analysis but I am wondering whether there is a proof that does not use fourier analysis. 1) For any $c, s > ...
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quadratic knacksack problem, state of art [on hold]

What is the current status to quadratic knacksack problem? Say, how many variables can the state of art solver handle? Thank you.
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Combining binary numbers [on hold]

Assume you have n n-digit binary numbers, for example: ...
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Poisson approximation of random sub-graphs

I add the edges of $G(n)$ the complete graph on $n$ vertices one by one, at random and without replacement, and denote by $G(n,m)$ the resulting Erdos Renyi random graph process. At step $m$ in the ...
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A generalisation of Narayana-like numbers (walks on the 2D lattice)

I apologize in advance if this question has a trivial answer. I am pretty sure this kind of problem was already studied and I am mostly asking for good references. Given integers $0 < k \le n+1,$ ...
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Ordinary or Rational Generating Function for Associated Stirling Numbers $b(n,k)$

I am trying to identify or find the ordinary or rational generating function (not the exponential generating function) for the Associated Stirling numbers of the Second kind, denoted ...
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Does a classification of simultaneous conjugacy classes in a product of symmetric groups exist?

Let the symmetric group $S_n$ on $n$ letters act on $S_n^d=S_n\times\cdots\times S_n$ by simultaneous conjugation, i.e. $\pi\in S_n$ acts on $(\sigma_1,\ldots,\sigma_d)\in S_n^d$ by ...
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Are all marked order polytopes normal?

Richard Stanley showed that order polytopes have a unimodlar ttriangulation. In particular, this implies that they are integrally closed/normal. One can generalize order polytopes to marked order ...
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Name for series $\sum f_n x^n / (n! (n+k)!)$

Let $(f_n)_{n\ge0}$ be a real sequence. Then $\sum f_n {x^n \over n!}$ is called the exponential generating function of $(f_n)$. Let $k\ge0$ be a nonnegative integer. If we add another factorial ...
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What is the minimal $C_k$, such that every $f\colon \{-1,1\}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ of degree at most $k$ satisfies $\|f\|_2\le C_k\|f\|_1$

Every $f\colon\{-1,1\}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ can be repsenented as a multilinean polynomial of the form $$f(x_1,x_2,\ldots ,x_n)=\sum _{S\subseteq [n]} \hat{f}(S)\prod_{i\in S} x_i $$ The degree of the ...
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current status of combinatorial optimization solvers [closed]

What is the current status of the solvers in combinatorial optimization? For example, what is the "usual feasible size" for a traveller sale's man problem, say, how many nodes and edges are "usually ...
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Choosing subsets to cover larger sets

Consider the set $S=\{1,2,\ldots, n\}$, and let $a<b<n$. What is the minimum number $f(a,b)$ such that there exist $f(a,b)$ subsets of $S$ of size $a$ for which any subset of $S$ of size $b$ ...
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Average vertex degree in finite Delaunay triangulations in high dimensions

In $\mathbb{R}^2$ it's known that with a "random" point configuration, the average degree of a vertex in its Delaunay triangulation is 6. Does anyone know of a similar result in higher dimension? I ...
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Probability of a contiguous sub-sequence with different elements

Let $a$ and $b$ be two positive integers, and say $b\gg a$. Let $S$ be a random sequence with $ab$ elements, whose entries are all integers from $1$ to $a$, such that each number from $1$ to $a$ ...
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Coloring of the plane

I would like to know the minimum number k such that the plane R^2 can be coloured with k colors such that no colour contain all the possible distances. In other words, a colouring such that each color ...
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Some polytopes in $\mathbb R^n$ whose vertices have coordinates 1, -1 or 0

Let $n$ and $k$ be positive integers with $k\leq n$. Let $P(n,k)$ be the convex hull in $\mathbb R^n$ of the $2^k {n \choose k}$ vectors whose exactly $k$ coordinates belong to $\{\pm 1\}$ all the ...
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Evaluation of the multiple integral [closed]

Would you give me any suggestions or comments on evaluating the following $n$-dimensional integral? $$ \int_{[0,t]^n} h(x) dx $$ where $ x=(x_1 ,x_2 , \cdots, x_n ), h(x)= \prod_{k=1}^n min( ...
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Computing basis of a lower set given basis of complementary upper set

In a poset $P$, $U\subseteq P$ is an upper set when for all $x\in U$, we have $y\ge x$ implies $y\in U$. Any subset of $P$ generates an upper set, and the basis of an upper set $U$ is the smallest ...
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Counting strings with alternating letters with generating functions

It is a classical problem that of finding the generating function (GF) of the number of strings with length $n$ having $m$ different letters (basically, the problem reduces to that of writing the ...
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Counting Problems where Labeled is Known but Unlabeled is Not

Cayley's formula states that the number of labeled trees on $n$ vertices is $n^{n-2}$. There are many nice proofs of this compact formula. To contrast, counting unlabeled trees is considerably ...
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Is there a formula for the number of labeled forests with $k$ components on $n$ vertices?

Cayley's formula states that the number of labeled trees on $n$ vertices is $n^{n-2}$. My question is: Is there a generalization of this formula for forests? Let $f_{n,k}$ denote the number of ...
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How to prove an elementary functional equation for polylogarithms?

Let $Li_s(z)$ denote the usual polylogarithm. The elementary functional equation $$Li_{-n}(z)=(-1)^{n-1}Li_{-n}(1/z)$$ holds for $n\geq 1$. I remember only that the proof used some reproducing ...
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Generalized Cauchy-Binet sum over a fixed subset of indices

I originally posted this on math.stackexchange, but it quickly got buried. I removed it not too long after, thinking of rewriting it for MO, but I didn’t have a chance to post it until now. Apologies ...
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An Intriguing Tapestry: Number triangles, polytopes, Grassmannians, and scattering amplitudes

$$Prelude \;\;on \;\;Two\;\; Threads$$ Last month the workshop New Geometric Structures in Scatering Amplitudes was hosted by CMI with the following partial overview: Recently, remarkable ...
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Counting rooted labelled trees with fixed height AND fixed # of vertices

Consider the set of rooted labeled trees in which each node may have up to $d$ children. It is well known that the number of such trees with $\leq v$ vertices is (approximately) $(ed)^v$ and that the ...
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G-equivariant coherent sheaves on Bott-Samelson Resolutions

Let $G$ be a Lie group, $B$ be a Borel subgroup. $G/B$ is the corresponding flag variety. Let $w$ be an element of the Weyl group $W$ with a reduced expression $w = s_1 \cdots s_n$. Let $X_w$ be ...
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enumeration of connected blocks in finite size square

Given a square of size n by m, how many ways could we choose sites, such that all the sites are connected? By "connected" we mean "connected" by adjacent sites. We will illustrate by example, say, we ...
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lower bound for difference between max cut and min cut

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph on $n$ vertices with edge weights $w=(w_e)_{e\in E}$. Let $M^+$ and $M^-$ be the maximum and the minimum cut values, i.e. ...
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How to understand a rooting of a dessin d'enfant?

As I understand it, rooted maps on surfaces were first introduced in enumerative combinatorics because they are easier to count than unrooted maps, which can have non-trivial symmetries. A map is a ...
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open question on intersecting rectangles - reference request

In the now-inactive (and very nice) "Tricki" website that describes various proof techniques, there is an article (written I think by Timothy Gowers) that describes the following Ramsey-type problem: ...
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Dissection of a polygon into convex polygons

Problem: for a fixed integer $m\geqslant 3$ find all $n$ such that no $n$-gon can be dissected into convex $m$-gons. I would be very grateful for any information on this problem. Remark 1. There ...
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Upper bounding number of integer partition by binomial coefficient

Let $n,p \in \mathbb N$ and consider the integer partition of $$\lfloor \frac{n(p-1)}{2} \rfloor$$ into $p$ or less parts, each of which is less or equal to $n-1$. Can the number of partitions be ...
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Upper bound for different sums having the same value

Let $\Lambda :=\{\lambda_1, \dots, \lambda_n\}$ be a set of $n$ distinct real numbers. For a given $p \in \mathbb N$, consider further the set $$I_p := \{ \{i_1, i_2, \dots, i_p\} : i_j \in \{1, ...
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How many maximal triangulations of a rectangle?

I posted the following question on MathStackExchange, but I didn't any answer. So please let me post it on MathOverflow. Let $L_{m,n}\subset\mathbb R^2$ be a rectangle given by $[0,m]×[0,n]$ with ...
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Independent domination number for grid graphs

Let $G_{n,m}$ be the $n \times m$ grid graph, i.e. $G= P_n \Box P_m$, and $T_{n,m}$ the $n\times m$ torus grid graph, i.e. $G= C_n \Box C_m$, where $P_n$ and $C_n$ indicate the path graph of length ...
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maximizing a function involving factorial

Can someone suggest a way to calculate the maximum with respect to $x \ge 1$ of: $$f(x)=\frac{1}{x!} \frac{1}{1-c^{1/\binom{x+n-1}{n-1}}}.$$ The constants $c$ and $n$ are parameters such that $c \in ...
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Is there a bijection of permutations onto mathematical objects that preserve information about descents?

$\omega \in S_n$ is an FPFI (fixed point free involution) (also called a matching) if $\omega^2=1$ and $\omega(i) \neq i$ for all $i$. For $\omega \in S_n$, a descent occurs at $i$ if $\omega(i+1) ...
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Number of cyclic difference sets

A subset $D=\{a_1,\ldots,a_k\}$ of $\mathbb{Z}/v\mathbb{Z}$ is said to be a $(v,k,\lambda)$-cycic difference set if for each nonzero $b\in\mathbb{Z}/v\mathbb{Z}$, there are exactly $\lambda$ ordered ...
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quotient of planar groups

If G is an infinite planar group (it means that it has a generating subset C such that Cay (S, C) is a planar graph) and H is a normal subgroup of it, I would be very grateful if somebody helps me and ...
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Bound on the number of lattice points in d-dimensional ball

The following paper states that the number of lattice points in a $d$-dimensional ball of radius $R$ is $V_d R^d + O(R^\alpha)$ where $\alpha = d - 2$ and $V_d$ is the volume of the unit ...
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Bounds on Product of CDF or Beta function

I have functions of the form \begin{align} I_i = \int_0^\infty F_0(x)^aF_1(x)^b(1-F_0(x))^c(1-F_1(x))^ddF_i(x)~~~~i = 0,1 \end{align} $F_0(x)$ and $F_1(x)$ are CDFs corresponding to the random ...
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Existence of partitions

Good morning everybody. I would like to know if anybody is aware of nontrivial results of the following form : if a family $\mathcal I$ of subsets of $\mathbb N$ satisfies such and such assumption, ...
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Anti-arithmetic product of symmetric functions: (why) is it integral?

This is an analogue of MathOverflow question #138148. Indeed it is so analogous that I wrote the following by copypasting said question and making the necessary changes. For every commutative ring ...
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What is the minimal girth of a two-generator cayley graph for Alt(n) in which the girth relator is not a proper power?

First, a definition: a girth relator for a Cayley graph is a word that you get by reading the edge labels along a shortest loop. The girth relator is not usually unique, though it is often unique up ...
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Does the divergence of the sum of reciprocals of a set of integers imply this density statement about the set?

Suppose $A \subseteq \mathbb{N}$ is such that $\displaystyle{\sum_{n \in A} n^{-1}} = \infty$. Suppose $B \subseteq \mathbb{N}$ is infinite. Is there a set $X \subseteq [1,\infty)$ and a increasing ...