Enumerative combinatorics, graph theory, order theory, posets, matroids, designs and other discrete structures. It also includes algebraic, analytic and probabilistic combinatorics.

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Hopf structures on “pictorial” descriptions of permutations

There is a well-known Hopf structure on permutations, due to Malvenuto and Reutenauer. Here, the F basis elements are permutations in one-line notation, the product of two permutations is their ...
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Reducing enumeration of reduced words in general Coxeter groups to another #P-complete problem

There is a polynomial time algorithm that takes as inputs a Coxeter system $(W,S)$ with $S$ finite (but with $W$ not necessarily finite), say encoded as a Coxeter matrix, as well as two reduced words ...
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Balanced binary code that “resists” local decoding?

I am looking for a construction that can be stated as the following coding problem: a binary code with good distance ($d = \Omega(n)$ where codeword length is $n$) that "resists local decoding" in the ...
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Derangement,recursion and circular permutation [on hold]

N people are invited to a dinner party and they are sitting on a round table. Each person is sitting on a chair there are exactly N chairs. So each person has exactly two neighboring chairs, one on ...
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union of planes in the positive grassmannian

Let $\mathbb{G}=\mathbb{G}(k,n)$ be the (real) Grassmannian of $k$-dimensional subspaces of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let $\mathbb{G}^+\subseteq \mathbb{G}$ be the subset of all subspaces with strictly ...
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Numbers with all N-digit prefixes divisible by N

In base 10, the number 3816547290 contains every digit exactly once. When I take the first N digits, that substring is divisible by N. For example, 381 is divisible by 3, 38165 is divisible by 5, etc. ...
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Endomorphisms and almost all graphs

Is it known what fraction (almost all?) of graphs have a trivial endomorphism monoid? I can't seem to find any reference to the question. Maybe it's related to the question: what fraction of graphs ...
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Generalization of Bracketing (or one of its many equivalences)

I asked the following question on MathStackExchange, but I have not received any answers after almost 3 days. Although it may not be a research level question, I thought I could ask it here. *"Is ...
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What is the number of equitriangulations of the n-cube?

I wonder if this question has been considered before and if anything is known. My search attempts have failed so far. Let's consider the n-dimesnional cube, $[0,1]^n$, and let's call a simplex with ...
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Conjecture on maximum of symmetric combinatoric function

A curious symmetric function crossed my way in some quantum mechanics calculations, and I'm interested its maximum value (for which I do have a conjecture). (The question was first asked at math.SE, ...
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On a positivity property of Hall-Littlewood polynomials

Here's the new, more thought through version. Consider a sequence of nonnegative integers $\lambda=(\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_n)$ with $\lambda_i\ge \lambda_{i+1}+2$ (the weight $\lambda-2\rho$ is ...
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Determining the number of hamiltonian paths of $K_n-C_n$

I would like to know information regarding the function $h(n)$ where $h(n)$ is the number of hamiltonian cycles the graph $K_n$ has after removing the edges that make up a hamiltonian cycle of $K_n$. ...
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Lots of combinatorial interpretations of Catalan numbers

During a lecture I gave on Catalan numbers, I pointed out that that it is possible to give a continuum number of combinatorial interpretations of these numbers. See the solution to (f$^5$) on page 54 ...
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Edge density of triangle-free graphs

Let $G$ be a finite, simple, loopless graph with $|V(G)|=n$. We define its edge density as $$ed(G) := \frac{|E(G)|}{n \choose 2}.$$ Moreover we set $$d_n := \text{max}\big\{ed(G): G \text{ is a ...
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How to prove that the following double sum is always an integer?

I have verified the following double sum is always an integer for $s$ up to $1000$ via Maple. But I can not prove it. Proofs, hints, or references are all welcome. Thanks! ...
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A polytope with a bound on the sum of any $k$ variables

Let $2\le k\le n-1$ and define the polytope $$P_k(n) = \lbrace (x_1,\ldots,x_n) \in \mathbb{R}^n : -1\le x_{i_1}+\cdots +x_{i_k} \le 1 \text{ for all } 1\le i_1\lt\cdots\lt i_k\le n\rbrace.$$ There ...
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Partitions of $\mathbb{R}^+$ into subset closed by sum and product

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be a "non trivial" solution of the Cauchy functional equation, i.e. $f$ is not of the form $f(x)=cx$ for any $c\in\mathbb{R}$ and satisfies the relation ...
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Marked chain polytope, has this been studied?

Fix $n$ and consider the polytope given by the inequalities $$x_i\leq x_j, \text{ and } 0 \leq x_i \leq a_i \text{ for all } 1\leq i<j \leq n,$$ where $a_i \leq a_i\leq \dots \leq a_n$ are fixed ...
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Universal graph homomorphisms

By a graph I mean a pair $G = (V, E)$ where $V$ is a set and $E \subseteq \mathcal{P}_2(V) := \{\{a,b\}: a\neq b \in V\}$. A graph homomorphism between graphs $G, H$ is a map $f:V(G)\to V(H)$ such ...
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Colorful version of Fisher's inequality for block designs

Is there such a thing? I am thinking of Karatheodory and Tverberg analogues here.
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How to generate $n$ FP32 rationals s.t. no two distinct k-el. subsets have same sum?

First some Background: I have lots and lots of integer matrices, whose rows are $k$-combinations (without repetitions and sorted) of numbers from the set $S:=\{1,...,n\}$ and needed to be compared ...
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a question about points and line segments in the plane

Let $P=\{P_1,P_2\cdots P_n\}$ be a set of $n\geq 4$ points in the plane and $P_iP_j$ be the line segment connecting $P_i$ and $P_j$ that satisfy: $(1)$Any three points of $P$ are not on a line; ...
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Number of different normalized inner products

Let $u,v\in\{0,1\}^n$ be $0-1$ vectors with $n$ components. Let $I=\langle u,v \rangle$. Clearly $I$ can take values in $\{0,1,\dots,n-1,n\}$. How many different values can $$I'=\frac{\langle u,v ...
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Dehn-Sommerville relations for $\Delta$-complexes

Let $M$ be a closed, triangulated manifold of dimension $m$ and $K(M)$ be its triangulation. Let $f_i$ denote the number of $i$-simplices of $K(M)$. As proved by Klee the face numbers satisfy the ...
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Upper bound on number of cells created by varieties of co-dimension 1

Say I have polynomials $p_1,p_2,\dots,p_m$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ (ie. over $n$ variables), each of degree $d$. Is there an upper bound on the number of "regions" created by the surfaces $p_i = 0$? Let's ...
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Explicit basis/weight vectors for irreducibles inside the plethysm $Sym^m(\bigwedge^p \mathbf(V))$

This is a follow up to this question about finding the multiplicities of irreducible representations restricted to Young diagrams of 2-columns or less, inside the plethysm $Sym^m(\bigwedge^p ...
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Cauchy-Schwarz proof of Sidorenko for 3-edge path (Blakley-Roy inequality)

Is there a "Cauchy-Schwarz proof" of the following inequality? Theorem. Given $f \colon [0,1]^2 \to [0,1]$, one has $$ \int_{[0,1]^4} f(x,y)f(z,y)f(z,w) \, dxdydzdw \geq \left(\int_{[0,1]^2} f(x,y) ...
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Fastest algorithm to compute the width of a poset

An colleague recently came to me with a problem concerning the scheduling of tasks in the presence of constraints (of the kind: task $x$ can't begin until task $y$ has been completed). It turned out ...
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Counting path generating sentences in a specific formal language

Given a formal grammar of a language or an Turing machine of the language, can we count the path that generating sentences of the language? For example, we know that if the grammar is context-free ...
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Proving a random bipartite graph contains a perfect matching

I have the following problem consider a random bipartite with vertex classes $A$ and $B$ of size $|A|=|B|=\mathrm{log}^{2}(n)$ graph in which every possible edge is chosen independently with ...
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Generalizations of the Four-Color theorem

The four color theorem asserts that every planar graph can be properly colored by four colors. The purpose of this question is to collect generalizations and strengthenings of the four color theorem ...
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The number of orderings of elements with order-of-appearance constraints

Consider $(q_1,q_2,...) \in Q$ non-intersecting sets of distinct elements $(e_{(i,1)},e_{(i,2)},...)\in q_i$. How many ways can one write down an ordering of all of the $\sum_j |q_j|$ elements s.t.: ...
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A question about symmetric matrix

Let $A= (a_{ij})_{ij}, 1 \leq i, j \leq n$ be a symmetric $n \times n$ matrix. Suppose (1) $a_{ij} \geq 0$ are real numbers; (2) The sum of each row $\sum_{j=1}^{n} a_{ij} = 1$ for $1 \leq i \leq ...
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A natural sum over multisets (expectation over multinomial)

I think this is a natural question but am not sure where to find resources. Consider the possible multisets arising from choosing $n$ times an item from one of $k$ categories. We can represent one ...
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Computation on Random Bipartite graphs

I'm looking at a random bipartite graph $K_{\omega(n)}*K_{\omega(n)}$ where $\mathrm{log}(n)\leq \omega(n) \leq n^{1/2}$, in which each of the $\omega(n)^{2}$ edges is placed randomly with probability ...
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Matroids relaxations of a given matroid

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be a rank-$d$ matroid on $[n]$. Say a matroid $\mathcal{N}$ is a relaxation of $\mathcal{M}$ if $\mathrm{rank}(\mathcal{N})=d$, $\mathrm{groundset}(\mathcal{N})=[n]$, and every ...
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Matchings in random bipartite graphs

I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of a text or paper which would help deal with the following problem Suppose i am given a $K_{\mathrm{log}(n)} \times K_{\mathrm{log}(n)}$ ...
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Minimal “basis” in $n$ dimensional unit cube

Let's $$ B^n=\{\bar\alpha=(\alpha_1,\alpha_2,\ldots,\alpha_n)|\alpha_i\in \{0,1\}\};~~~~n=1,2,\ldots $$ and let's $$ C\subseteq B^n, $$ $$ S(C)=\{\bar\alpha\oplus\bar\beta\ | \bar\alpha,\bar\beta\in ...
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Number of *distinct* dot products of an integer vector by elements of a hyper-rectangle

Imagine a vector $\boldsymbol{v}$ composed of integers, and the set $S$ of all integer vectors within a hyper-rectange, with one corner at the origin and other at $\boldsymbol{m}$. In other words: $S ...
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Sum over integer compositions of $m$ with $n$ parts of a fixed monomial in the parts

Is there an explicit formula for the following quantity? $$f_m(a_1,\ldots,a_n):=\sum_{\substack{k_1+\ldots+k_n=m \\ k_1,\ldots,k_n\in \mathbb{N}}} k_1^{a_1}\ldots k_n^{a_n}\ ,\hspace{1cm} ...
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The weighting function for the infinite product of necklaces

Let us consider the limit $\lim_{n\to \infty}\prod_{p=1}^n N(p,a)$ where $N(n,a)$ is the number of fixed necklaces of length $n$ composed of $a$ types of beads. Let's rewrite the product in a way ...
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“Homomorphism fingerprint” for graphs

Let $G, H$ be simple, undirected graphs without loops. We say that $G, H$ have the same homomorphism fingerprint if $|\text{Hom}(X, G)| = |\text{Hom}(X, H)|$ for all graphs $X$. (By graph ...
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Properties and name of some polynomials

I have encountered in a problem some polynomials given by $P_k(x) = \prod_{j=0}^{k-2} (kx-j)$. I need to understand if these polynomials are known, and if they have certain special properties, as ...
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On the number of monic polynomials

Let $a,b,c,d\in\Bbb N$ with $c<b$. Let $N_+(a,b,c,d)$ be the number of monic polynomials $f\in \Bbb Z[x]$of degree $d$ with non-negative coefficients such that $$f(a)=b$$ $$f(0)=c$$ What is the ...
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Minimum distance in unit cube

Given the unit cube $I^n=[0,1]^n$, let $x_1,\cdots,x_n\neq (0,0,\cdots,0)$ be $n$ linearly independent vertices (corners) of $I^n$, and $p(x_1, \cdots, x_n)$ be the projection of $(0,0,\cdots,0)$ onto ...
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Number of distinct integers in average sense

Fix random $A,B,C,D$ positive integers of size $\theta(N)$. As $w,x,y,z$ vary over numbers of size $\theta(M)$ (where $N\sim M^t$ for fixed $t$, say $100$), it is clear $Aw+Bx$ and $Ay+Bz$ each ...
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NP hard problems on geometric graphs

I have posted this question before but i don't feel i expressed my confusion clearly enough. So i would like to try and explain again. This is a proof of the minimum vertex cover for unit disk graphs ...
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Total number of spanning trees of a set of graphs

Given an undirected graph G with $n$ nodes, we can compute its number of spanning trees in polynomial time using Kirchhoff's matrix-tree theorem. Now consider a more complicated setting, in which each ...
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Proving equivalence of two sums involving Krawtchuk polynomials and binomial co-efficients

I seem to have chanced upon a new characterization for Kravchuk polynomials. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kravchuk_polynomials]. To begin with, let us define the function $\omega(n,p)$ as [Assuming ...
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Number of Dyck paths with k returns and b peaks

The number of Dyck paths from the origin to $(2n,0)$ which touch the $x$-axis $k+2$ times ($k$ internal touches) is given by $$\frac{k}{2n-k}{2n-k \choose n}.$$ The number of Dyck paths from the ...