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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On independent sets of graph

Given $G$ a regular graph on $n$ vertices, denote $\alpha(G)>1$ to be independence number. Denote $\Gamma(G)$ to be collection of possible subset of independent vertices in $G$ of cardinality ...
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Identity for Power Series and Binomial Coefficients

This question concerns a combinatorial identity obeyed by power series coefficients. Throughout we let $[x^{M}]\{\phi(x)\}$ denote the coefficient of $x^{M}$ in a power series $\phi(x)$. Let $k$ be ...
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Asymptotic expansion for the Bell numbers

The Bell numbers $B(n)$ (that is, the numbers that count the set partitions of a set, and have exponential generating function $\exp(e^x -1)$ ) admit the asymptotic expansion $$\frac{\log B(n)}{n} = ...
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Isomorphic subcategories of directed graphs and presets

For the purposes of this post, a digraph (directed graph) has neither loops nor multiple parallel edges, and a preset is an ordered pair consisting of a set $S$ and a preorder (viz., a reflexive and ...
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Isomorphic subcategories of digraphs and presets

For the purposes of this post, a digraph has neither loops nor multiple parallel edges, and a preset is an ordered pair consisting of a set $S$ and a preorder (viz., a reflexive and transitive binary ...
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Counting linearly ordered subsets of maximal length in partially ordered $d$-tuples of nonnegative integers

Given $d\in \mathbb{N}$, let $X_d:= \{(\ell_1, \ldots , \ell_d): 0 \le \ell_1 \le \ldots \le \ell_d \le d\}\subset \mathbb{Z}^d$, and endow $X_d$ with the (usual) partial order, namely, $x\le y$ if ...
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Can a graph be reconstructed from its cycle lengths?

All graphs discussed are finite and simple. The cycle sequence of a graph $G$, denoted $C(G)$, is the nondecreasing sequence of the lengths of all of the cycles in $G$, where cycles are distinguished ...
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What are the products $\prod_{A\subset{\mathbb F}_p\colon |A|=n} \sum_{a\in A} \zeta^a$ equal to?

This is a somewhat more explicit version of a question I have recently asked. Let $p$ be an odd prime, and write $\zeta:=\exp(2\pi i/p)$ (any other primitive $p$th root of unity will do as well). For ...
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Infinite graphs isomorphic to their line graph

The only finite connected graphs $G$ that are isomorphic to their line graph $L(G)$ are the cycle graphs $C_n$ (see this link for example). There are connected countable graphs that are isomorphic to ...
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research on the structure/properties of permutation matrix/table with $(i,j)th$ entry as $\pi_j\circ \pi_i^{-1}$

Is there any research on the structure/properties of permutation matrix/table with $(i,j)th$ entry as $\pi_j\circ \pi_i^{-1}$, where $\{\pi_1,\pi_2,...,\pi_{k!}\}=S_k$? I know if we apply the ...
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Is it possible to create an infinite sequence in which no subsequence is repeated 3 times in a row?

In Chess, there is the Threefold Repetition rule where if a sequence of moves is repeated 3 times in a row, either player can claim a draw. Say two players wanted to play a legal, infinite game of ...
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Braid wiring diagrams and matroids

recently I started reading some articles about the presentation of the fundamental group of lines arrangements in $\mathbb{C}^{2}$ via Wiring diagrams. I also found some relation with matroid theory. ...
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Induced subgraphs of small strongly regular graphs

Consider a strongly regular graph $G$ with parameters $(76,30,8,14).$ Hoffman's bound tells us that $\overline{G}$ has an independent set of size at most $4$ and its not hard to see there are indeed ...
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Lower bound on the number of k-plexes in a Latin square

Let $A$ be an order-$n$ Latin square. A $k$-plex of $A$ is a set of entries , $k$ from each row and column and $k$ from each symbol. My question is: Is there a Latin square with a large number of ...
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Infimum of partitions

Let $X\neq\emptyset$ be a set. A partition is a subset $P\subseteq {\cal P}(X)\setminus \{\emptyset\}$ such that $\bigcup P = X$ and any distinct members of $P$ are disjoint. We denote by ...
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Maximal independent sets in a graph $G$ versus maximal matchings in the line graph $L(G)$

I'm a bit confused because of the answers in Maximum matchings in infinite graphs . I was thinking that an independent set in a graph $G$ corresponds to a matching in the line graph $L(G)$, and vice ...
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Nonattacking configurations of k bishops on an m by n rectangular board

The number of ways to place k bishops in a nonattacking configuration on an n by n square board is a well known result and can for example be found in ...
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Number of faces of polytope projecting to lower dimensional polyhedron

Denote $K=\mathrm{conv}(v_1, \ldots, v_n)\subsetneq\Bbb R^m$ to be convex set spanned by vectors $v_i\in\Bbb R^m$ with $m\leq n$ then what technique could be useful to upper bound minimum number of ...
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How to flip one triangulation on a surface into another

Let $S$ be a compact orientable surface and $p_1,\dots, p_n\in S$ be distinct points. We consider all triangulations on $S$ with vertices $p_1,\dots, p_n$. Is there an algorithm which takes two ...
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Volume of bounded regions in hyperplane arrangements

I am given a hyperplane arrangement $\mathcal{H}_0$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and a function $\phi \colon \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{Q}.$ I choose any enumeration on the set of primitive vectors (i.e. vectors ...
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Multiple Bipartite graphs and matchings

I've been told recently that it's better i just for help regarding my 'specific' problem rather than lots of little questions around the same topic which appear somewhat unclear. I would first like to ...
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Soft question: mathematics about truchet tiles

It seems that this is the first question on Truchet tiles on MO. Shown above is a picture of a random tile, which you can see the resulting configuration is much like many membranes of cells. I ...
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Rook Polynomials of Skew-Ferrers Boards

What are some known method for calculating the rook polynomials of skew Ferrers boards? Currently all I have been able to find is the following paper Bruhat intervals as rooks on skew Ferrers boards ...
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When is edge colored circulant isomorphism polynomial?

Don't understand enough group theory, but two papers appear to give partial results about an open problem. Edge colored graph isomorphism is isomorphism which preserves the edge coloring (the ...
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Martingales and Bipartite graphs

Would a vertex exposure martingale be useful for bounding the deviation in size of the largest matching from it's expected value in the standard random bipartite graph with vertex classes of size $n$ ...
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NP-hardness of finding maximum of minimum element in diagonal of a matrix

For $A = \{a_{ij}\} \in R^{n\times n}$, is finding $$ \max_{\sigma \in S_n}\min_{1 \le i \le n} a_{i,\ \sigma_i} $$ NP-hard?
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Determining strong base-orderability of a matroid

A matroid is said to be strongly base-orderable when for any two bases $B_1,B_2$ there exists a bijection $f:B_1 \mapsto B_2$ such that for any $X\subseteq B_1$ set $B_1 - X+ f(X)$ is also a base. ...
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Minimally intersecting subsets of fixed size

The question I have, is how to generate the following collection of subsets: Given a set $S$ of size $n$. I want to find a sequence of $k$ subsets of fixed size $m$, $0<m<n$, such that at each ...
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Is there a standard name for this poset

I've run into the following poset and I would expect it has a standard name. Let $n\geq k\geq 0$. Then $P_{n,k}$ consists of all $k$-element subsets of $\{1,\ldots,n\}$ ordered by $X\leq Y$ if ...
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Expected matching in a bipartite graph

Consider a random bipartite graph constructed on vertex classes of size $n$ with each edge present independently with probability $p$. How could I go about calculating the size of the expected ...
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Common sizes of intersections

I'm trying to come up with the largest family of sets that obeys the following properties: Consider $X = \{1,\dots,n\}$ and take $\mathcal{F} \subset 2^X$ such that for any three subsets $A,B,C \in ...
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Number of degree $k$ functions [closed]

Given a Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow\{0,1\}$, there is a real multivariate multilinear polynomial that is associated with in through interpolation. Example: ...
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A specific polynomial triplet question

Notation $P_k[n]=\{$multilinear polynomials in $\Bbb R[x_1,x_2,\dots,x_{n-1},x_n]$ of total degree exactly $k\}$. $k=1$ is just linear polynomials. QUESTION Is there a triplet $(p,f,g)\in ...
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Covering a set with images of a transversal

Let $G$ be a permutation group on a finite set $\Omega$ with orbits $\Omega_1,\ldots,\Omega_k$. By a transversal we mean a set $\lbrace\omega_1,\ldots,\omega_k\rbrace$ with $\omega_j\in\Omega_j$ for ...
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Rook Polynomial of Quasi-Ferrers Board?

One can compute the rook polynomial of the following board: by transforming it to the following equivalent board, which is a Ferrers board, and then using the formula given here: How to compute ...
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Binomial coefficient identity

It seems to be nontrivial (to me) to show that the following identity holds: $$ \binom {m+n}{n} \sum_{k=0}^m \binom {m}{k} \frac {n(-1)^k}{n+k} = 1. $$ This quantity is related to the volume of the ...
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Embedding a collection of finite subsets efficiently

Are there any general non-trivial methods for solving the following problem? Suppose one has a collection of subsets $\mathcal{C} \subseteq \mathcal{P}\mathcal{P}\{1,\dots,n\}$. They may be viewed ...
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Minimality condition in a certain class of hypergraphs

A hypergraph is a pair $H=(V,E)$ such that $V$ is a (possibly infinite) set and $E\subseteq \mathcal{P}(V)$. $C\subseteq E$ is said to be a cover if $\bigcup C = V$ and $C$is minimal if $C'\subseteq ...
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covering high dimensional hypercube by balls

suppose we are given the $d$-dimensional hypercube $H^d$ defined as $$ H^d:=\left\{\sum_{i=1}^d\epsilon_ie_i:\ \epsilon_i\in \{0,1\}\mbox{ for }i=1,\dots , d\right\} $$ and $(e_i)_{i=1}^d$ the ...
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Totally aperiodic sequence

Let $A$ be a finite set. Let $A^k$ be the set of words in the alphabet $A$ of length $k$ and $A^*$ be the set of infinite words. I was looking for an element $a = \lbrace a_n \rbrace_{n \in ...
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Minimum number of edges to remove to have low degree

I have the following problem (k fixed integer): Input: Graph G. Output: Minimum number of edges to remove to G to obtain a graph such that every node has degree at most k. Do you know the complexity ...
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Plane partitions not containing (1,1,1)

A plane partition is a subset of $\mathbb Z_{\geqslant0}^3$ s.t. if it contains $(i+1,j,k)$ or $(i,j+1,k)$ or $(i,j,k+1)$ it also contains $(i,j,k)$. What is the generating function $R(q)$ of ...
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Minimal covers of hypergraphs

Suppose that $H=(V,E)$ is a hypergraph, so $V\neq \emptyset$ is a set and $E$ is a collection of subsets of $V$. A subset $C\subseteq E$ is said to be a cover if any $v\in V$ is contained in some ...
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How large must $A$ be if $\{1, \ldots, N\} \subseteq A-A$?

Given a positive integer $N$, what is the size of the smallest set of integers $A$ such that, for any integer $1 \leq k \leq N$, we can find two integers $x, y \in A$ such that $x - y = k$? (An ...
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Large sets not containing arithmetic progressions of length 3 in intervals

Given a large enough natural number $N$, let $\Delta_N=\{A \subseteq [N, 2N]: A$ contains no arithmetic progressions of length $3 \},$ where for natural numbers $N<M$ we have $[N, M]=\{N, N+1, ..., ...
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Young symmetrizers question

Let $\lambda$ be a partition of $n$, and let $T$ be the standard tableau associated to $\lambda$ (write the Young diagram of $\lambda$ down and fill in the boxes with $1$ through $n$ left to right, ...
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Reference for puzzle on dividing piles and scoring products

There is a pile of $n$ items. Every time you divide a pile into two piles, you get a score being the product of the number of items in the two piles. Show that the sum of your scores at the end is ...
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Sets of spreads in graphs

Let $G$ be a graph. A $k$-spread is a set of cliques of order $k$ which partition the vertex set (so $k|n$, where $n$ is the number of vertices). A partial $k$-resolution of $G$ is a set of pairwise ...
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Strongly minimal covers

Let $H=(V,E)$ be a hypergraph, that is $V$ is a set and $E\subseteq \mathcal{P}(V)$. We say that $C\subseteq E$ is a cover of $H$ if $\bigcup C = V$. A cover $M\subseteq E$ is said to be strongly ...
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Number of regions of a hyperplane arrangement avoiding a generic hyperplane

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an essential arrangement of hyperplanes in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Zaslavsky's theorem says that the number of regions of $\mathcal{A}$ is given by ...