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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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 ...
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Hamming graph and independent sets

I'm defining the Hamming graph $H(d,q)$ in the usual way, so we have a set $S$ of $q$ elements, the hamming graph $H(d,q)$ has vertex set $S^{d}$ (the set of all ordered $d$-tuples of elements of $S$) ...
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Maximum flow problem with non-zero lower bound [migrated]

Given G = (V,E ) a directed graph, if $ X \subseteq V $ we note with $\delta ^{+}\left(X\right)$ = $\left \{ xy\in E \mid x \in X, y\in V - X \right \}$ and $\delta ^{-}\left(X\right)$ = $\delta ...
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Optimal tiling for a collection of partitions

I'm interested in a possible generalization of Tiling relation on the set of partitions (the question has only been partially answered). Let $x$ be an infinite set and let $\text{Part}(x)$ be the ...
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Is this property of the Bell's number evident?

Let $B(n)$ denote the Bell's number which is the number of the equivalence relation which can be defined on a set of cardinality $n$. While I was trying to solve a problem, I reached another result; ...
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Threshold for perfect Matchings in Bipartite graph

Consider the random bipartite graph with vertex classes of size $n$ and each edge being present independently with probability $p(n)$. I know one way to prove the threshold of a perfect matching is ...
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Number of perfect matchings of the Dodecahedron

This question seems just to be an elementary enumeration problem, but I believe something deeper might be involved: How many perfect matchings does a dodecahedron graph have? Here the ...
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Structure of the stabilizer of a vertex-neighborhood of a vertex-transitive graph

Given a simple, undirected graph and a vertex $v$ of the graph, let $L_v$ denote the set of automorphisms of the graph that fixes the vertex $v$ and each of its neighbors. When the graph is ...
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covering designs of the form $(v,k,2)$

A covering design $(v,k,t)$ is a family of subsets of $[v]$ each having $k$ elements such that given any subset of $[v]$ of $t$ elements it is a subset of one of the sets of the family. A problem is ...
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asymptotic for restricted partitions

Let $m$ and $n$ be two positive integers and denote by $P(n,m)$ the number of partitions of $n$ into $m$ non-negative integers. Is there an asymptotic formula for $P(n,m)$ ?? Any reference is ...
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Transforming a binary matrix into triangular form using permutation matrices

I am interested in the complexity of the following problem: Given an $m\times n$ binary matrix $M$, can we permute its rows/columns to obtain a triangular matrix? I am also interested in ...
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Covering a set in a hypergraph

I'm interested in counting the following. Consider a set $\{v_1,\dots,v_m\}$ of $m$ vertices in the complete $k$-uniform hypergraph on $n$ vertices where $m < k$. I want to know the number of ...
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Finding sparsest solution of a linear system

I want to find the solution with most zero-components for the following problem: $Ax=b$ for $A\in \mathbb{R}^{k\times n}, b \in \mathbb{R}^{k},k<n$, where $x$ is real and has no additional ...
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Distinct determinants of circulants

If $M$ is a circulant integer matrix of size $n\times n$ whose entries are randomly chosen from $\{0,1\}$ value, how many different determinants does $M$ possibly take value in? For $n=1,2,3,4$, I ...
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Distinct Numbers

Let $x_{ij}\in\{0,1\}$ for ${i=1}$ to ${m}$ and for ${j=1}$ to $n$. How many different values does $$\prod_{i=1}^m\sum_{j=1}^nx_{ij}$$ cover? Is there an $a_{ijk}\in\Bbb R$ (there is a $a_{ijk}\neq0$ ...
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Stable Household Formation

I want to model the problem of household formation by a finite number of individuals, each of whom has preferences over sets of housemates. A collection of households is unstable if there is a set ...
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Cubic-exponential enumerative combinatorics

There are many quantities in enumerative combinatorics that grow roughly exponentially, like the Fibonacci numbers, the Catalan numbers, and the factorials; indeed, most of the functions that arise in ...
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Trying to prove a congruence for Stirling numbers of the second kind

This a repost of a question I asked at Stack Exchange, but I got no answer so far, so I am trying here, even though it may not suit the "research level" requirement. Proposition: When $n$ and $m$ are ...
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Evaluating products of cyclotomic polynomials at roots of unity

Are there general non-trivial conditions on $p(\cdot)$ and $n$, where $p(\cdot)$ is a product of cyclotomic polynomials and $n$ is a positive integer, such that all the coefficients of $p(\cdot)$ are ...
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Measuring how closely a missing projective plane can be approached by an equivalent structure

It is well known that for a number of structures, their existence is equivalent to the existence of a projective plane for a given order. Some of them depend on more than one parameters, which means ...
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How close can one get to the missing finite projective planes?

This question can be interpreted as an instance of the Zarankiewicz problem. Suppose we have an $n\times n$ matrix with entries in $\{0,1\}$ with no $\begin{pmatrix}1 & 1\\ 1& 1\end{pmatrix} $ ...
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Recognizing sequences sortable by transpositions?

While reading the post, Probability of generating a desired permutation by random swaps, by Aaronson, and to continue my program I started in this post, How hard is reconstructing a permutation from ...
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Combinatorial puzzle involving half-integers

Consider an arbitrary collection of vertical lines in $\mathbb R^2$ whose values are either integers of half-integers. $$x=-3,-1.5,0.5,3,4.5,5$$ Consider an arbitrary collection of horizontal lines in ...
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Families of Sets with Two Intersection Numbers

Let $k$ and $n$ be natural numbers. Let $I$ be a set of natural numbers. Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a family of $k$-element subsets of $\{ 1, \ldots, n\}$ such that $A, B \in \mathcal{F}$, $A \neq B$, ...
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Mean of a vector

Be a set of numbers $v=(a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n)$ I want to form the following average vector $\mu = (\frac{\sum a_i}{n}, \frac{\sum a_i}{n}, \ldots, \frac{\sum a_i}{n})$. If I do it iteratively step ...
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Diagonal asymptotics of integer compositions

A (weak) composition of a positive integer $n$ into $k$ parts is an ordered sequence of nonnegative integers $(a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_k)$ such that $ \sum_{i=1}^k a_i = n $. I am interested in the case ...
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What is a “Ramanujan Graph”?

I noticed an apparent conflict in the definition in literature about what is a "Ramanujan graph, which I was wondering if someone could kindly clarify. (1) The Hoory-Linial-Wigderson review on ...
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Number of elements of “$\mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{F}_p^\times)$” mod $p$

How many elements of $\mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{F}_p)$ have all nonzero entries? Just the answer mod $p$ would be fine as well. This seems like it should be easy/in the literature but I couldn't find it.
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Are there non-trivial graphs that uniquely embed to hypercubes?

The $n$-dimensional hypercube is the graph formed by $0$-$1$ sequences of length $n$ where two vertices are adjacent if they differ at only one place. The weight of a sequence is the number of $1$'s ...
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Generalization of Sylvester-Gallai theorem

The Sylvester-Gallai theorem states that it is not possible to arrange a finite number of points so that a line through every two of them passes through a third unless they are all on a single ...
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For any two noncrossing partitions $p, q$ of $n$, is the graph of geodesics from $p$ to $q$ in $NC(n)$ connected?

Let $NC(n)$ denote the lattice of noncrossing partitions of $n$, and let $G$ denote the Hasse diagram of $NC(n)$ with respect to covering relations, viewed as an undirected graph. I'm interested in ...
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Removing subtrees

Let $T$ be a complete infinite rooted binary tree. Is it possible to remove (infinitely many) subtrees of $T$ and get a subgraph $G$ such that: $G$ has no complete subtrees (the graph below any ...
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Combinations Question about the construction of some special sets [closed]

Let n and k be two given numbers. The goal is to choose n subsets from {1,2,…,n} such that the union of any k of these subsets is the set {1,2,…,n} and the union of any m < k of ...
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Open problems in compressed sensing

What are the main open problems in compressed sensing? I am interested in theoretical as well as in numerical point of view.
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How many k-subsets of the integers {1,…,n} sum to N?

Given the set of integers $S = \{1,..n\}$, how many subsets of $S$ with $k$ elements sum to $N\in \mathbb Z$?
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On matrix rank inequality

Let $A$ be a $\{0,1\}$ square matrix. Let $J$ be all $1$ matrix. Let $\bar{A}=J-A$. Is it possible for $rk_+(A)\geq c\cdot rk_+(\bar{A})^d-1$ and $rk_+(\bar{A})\geq c\cdot rk_+({A})^d-1$ for some ...
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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 ...