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Algebraic integers with conjugates of fixed norm

Let $n$ be a positive integer and let $Q_n^d$ be the set of algebraic integers $\zeta$ which live in a degree $d$ extension of the rationals and such that any Galois-conjugate $\zeta^\sigma$ of ...
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sub-variety of (P^1)^4

Let $S$ be the sub-algebra generated by the set $\{x_1x_2y_3y_4, x_1x_3y_2y_4, x_1x_4y_2y_3, x_2x_3y_1y_4, x_2x_4y_1y_3, x_3x_4y_1y_2\}$ of homogeneous polynomials of degree $4$. I need to study the ...
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Every integer, and every positive integer?

Construct $A_k = (a_1, …, a_k)$ and $D_k = (d_1, …, d_k)$ inductively from $a_1 = d_1 = 0$, starting with $k = 1$, as follows: let $h$ be the least integer $>-a_k$ such that $h \not\in D_k$ and ...
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Representation numbers of numerical semigroups

I've been playing around with numerical semigroups lately. I'm pretty new to this stuff, so I apologize in advance if my notation is non-standard. Fix positive integers $x_1,\dots,x_r$ with ...
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Number of Nice Matrices

Let's call a nice matrix a square matrix of size $n$ with elements from $\{1,...,n\}$ such that every row and every column contains all the number $1,...,n$, What is the number of nice matrices ? a ...
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How are the infinity norm of Fourier transforms of sign vectors distributed?

This is a follow up to an earlier resolved question. Define the $n$-dimensional discrete Fourier transform via the matrix $$ D_{s,t} := \omega^{st}, $$ where $\omega=\exp(-2\pi i/n)$. Notice that $D$ ...
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Is it true that any $3$-uniform hypergraph that is not $k$-colorable must have $\Omega(k^3)$ edges?

What is the best lower bound in terms of $k$ on the number of edges in a $3$-uniform hypergraph that is not $k$-colorable? Thanks in advance.
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Is there a systematic relation between the generating functions for the rows vs that for columns of infinite sized Carleman-matrices?

(I've asked this in MSE but nobody had an idea since dec 14...) (Roughly related, but generalizing, of this earlier MSE question) Background: ...
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Partitioning a binary tree into vertex-disjoint subtrees

Say we have a labeled, binary unrooted tree $T$, i.e. each node has either 1 or 3 neighbors. Denote by $L(T)$ the set of leaves (degree-one nodes) of $T$. For some $L \subseteq L(T)$, denote by ...
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Evaluate a multiple integral

I want to compute this integral and I would appreciate any help: $N\geq 1$ is fixed. $$I_N=\int_{0\le r_n\le r_{n-1}\le\cdots\le r_1} e^{-(r_1^2+\cdots+r_n^2)} \prod_{i<j} \sinh(r_i-r_j) ...
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permutations sampling by probability matrix [closed]

I am looking for effective and reliable algorithm which is able to generate random samples of permutations by square doubly stochastic probability matrix $P$ (n x n) distribution ($\sum_{i}p_{i,j} = ...
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Sum Of n numbers taken $k$ at a time, where numbers are of form $r\choose k$

I have an array of numbers lets call it $p$ , where $p[r]={k+r-1\choose k-1}$ I want to find the sum of all the elements of $p$ taken $n$ at a time . $0\le r\le k$ For instance, for $k=3$ ,$n=2$ , ...
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Euler-like identity for partition function

Following is the wonderful Euler's partition identity: $$\prod_{i=1}^\infty (1 - x^i) = 1 + \sum_{k=1}^\infty (-1)^k \left (x^{(3k^2-k)/2} + x^{(3k^2+k)/2} \right )$$ I'm wondering if there is ...
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Combinatorial result needed in machine learning? [closed]

Say $\sigma_1, \sigma_2, \dots, \sigma_m$ are i.i.d distributed $\pm1$ variables. How do i show that for any choice of $S_1, S_2, \dots, S_d$ subsets of $\{1, 2, \dots, m\}$, the expectation of the ...
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Chromatic number of graph defined on the set of permutations

For $n\in\mathbb{N}$ let $S_n$ denote the set of permutations on the set $\{1,\ldots,n\}$. Set $$E_n = \big\{\{\pi_1, \pi_2\}: \pi_1,\pi_2\in S_n \land \exists k_1 < k_2 <\ldots <k_r\leq n: ...
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First to note the relation between Stasheff polytopes (associahedra) and compositional inversion?

In my answer to MO-Q: Enumerative geometry and nonlinear waves, I outline the relation between the refined face polynomials of the Stasheff polytopes (associahedra) and the partition polynomials for ...
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The Class of Strong Resolving Graphs of Hamiltonian Outerplanar Graphs

I'll start with a couple important definitions. I'm not sure how well-known any of them are. Firstly, if $G$ is a graph, and $u, v \in V(G)$, say that $u$ is maximally distant from $v$, denoted $u\ ...
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Theorems proved using combinatorial nullstellensatz that have no other known proof

Alon's (or Alon and Tarsi's?) combinatorial nullstellensatz is a powerful algebraic tool with many applications in combinatorics and number theory. See this, this, this and this mathoverflow question. ...
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Can we find 3 disjoint directed Hamiltonian cycles in the cube?

Let $D$ be the digraph on $2^d$ vertices with $d2^d$ edges that we obtain by directing each edge of the $d$-dimensional hypercube in both directions. Can we partition the edges of $D$ into $d$ ...
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When does the normalized graph Laplacian have eigenvalue 1?

Let $G= (V,E)$ be a finite, undirected and unweighted graph with $V = \{v_1,\ldots, v_n\}$. Denote by $d_i$ the degree of $v_i$, i.e. the number of vertices that are adjacent to $v_i$. Let $A$ be the ...
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Does the minor graph of graphs on $\mathbb{N}$ have an uncountable independent set?

By a graph I mean a pair $G = (V, E)$ where $V$ is a set and $E \subseteq \mathcal{P}_2(V) := \{\{a,b\}: a\neq b \in V\}$. We write $V(G) := V$. If $S, T$ are disjoint subsets of $V(G)$ we say that ...
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Proper edge colorings with no bi-colored 5-paths

Consider you want to properly edge color a graph such that it has no bi-colored cycle. Denote by $\alpha'(G)$ the least number of colors required to color the edges of $G$ in such a way. It is well ...
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Probability of many overlapping zero inner products on a circle

[Question edited and changed a little on June 14 2015] Consider an $n$-dimensional vector $v$ with $v_i \in \{-1,1\}$. Now consider an $n$-dimensional vector $w$ with $w_i \in \{-1,0,1\}$. The ...
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A circulant coin weighing problem

We are given $n$ coins, some of which are "real" and weigh $1$ and some of which are "fake" and weigh $0$. We have one "spring scale" which can weigh any subset of the coins. A classic question asks ...
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Infinite graphs with “similar” Hom-sets

Let $G,H$ be infinite simple undirected graphs with the property that for any graph $X$ we have $|\text{Hom}(X,G)| = |\text{Hom}(X,H)|$. Does this imply that $G$ is isomorphic to a subgraph of $H$, ...
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Sparsifiers for 3-term arithmetic progressions

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group of odd order, let $D\subseteq G$, and $\epsilon \in (0,1)$. For $S\subseteq G$ define $$ \Lambda(S) = \frac{1}{|S||G|} \sum_{s\in S}\sum_{g\in G} ...
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Iterated sumset inequalities in cancellative semigroups

This question is motivated by the following well-known theorems: Thm (Plünnecke): If $A$ is a finite nonempty subset of an abelian group, then for every $n$ we have $|A^n| \le ...
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Moment maps and flat degenerations of toric varieties

We have a flat family of projective varieties with a torus $T$ action, over $\mathbb{A}^1$. How do the moment map images of the fibers change when we pass from the generic fiber to the special fiber ...
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Ask the name of a combinatorial theorem

It is a classical theorem. For given integer $n \ge 1$, among ${n\choose{n/2}} = 2^{(1-o(1)n)}$ strings in the cube $\{0, 1\}^n$ with weights $n/2$, i.e., $n/2$ indices are 1, there are at least ...
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Sumsets and dilates: does $|A+\lambda A|<|A+A|$ ever hold?

The following problem is somehow hidden in this recently asked question, but I believe that it deserves to be asked explicitly. Is it true that for any finite set $A$ of real numbers, and any real ...
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One identity in Lie algebras

Let $L$ be a (non-restricted) Lie algebra over a field of prime characteristic $p,$ $UL$ be its universal enveloping algebra and $a_1,\dots, a_p \in L$ (the number of elements is equal to the ...
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Does the Tutte polynomial of iterated cone graphs detect isomorphism?

Let $T_G(x,y)$ denote the Tutte polynomial of a graph. Of course we may have $T_G(x,y) = T_H(x,y)$ for $G$ and $H$ non-isomorphic graphs. Now let $c(G)$ denote the cone graph of $G$, i.e., the graph ...
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Finding a “special” non singular submatrix

Given a square integer matrix $A \in M_n(Z)$ and two subsets $I, J \subset \{ 1, \ldots, n\}$, we define $A_{I,J}$ as the sub-matrix of $A$ containing the rows (resp. columns) whose index is in $I$ ...
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Graph classes which are not perfect but the stability number = clique cover numer?

I have a result for graphs whose stability number=clique cover number, which naturally includes the perfect graphs, but I'm curious about if there are other known and well-definable graph classes ...
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Catalan numbers as sums of squares of numbers in the rows of the Catalan triangle - is there a combinatorial explanation?

This question arose from an answer to my recent question How many traces are there on Temperley-Lieb, Fuss-Catalan, Iwahori-Hecke, Birman-Wenzl-Murakami-Kauffman, ... algebras? What I need from that ...
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Does the equality of product of integers modulo prime p holds in a given interval?

For any given prime $p$, does there exist $a_1,a_2,\dots,a_k,$ (not necessarily distinct) $b_1,b_2,\dots,b_m$ (not necessarily distinct) and $y_1$, $y_2$ such that ...
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Combinatorial formula for the number of different words

I originally posted this question here: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1296199/combinatorial-formula-for-the-number-of-different-words : I am interested in the asymptotic behaviour of the ...
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The most number of points that realize only $k$ distinct distances

For $k \ge 1$, let $f_d(k)$ be the largest possible number of points $p_i$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$ that determine at most $k$ distinct (Euclidean) distances, $\|p_i-p_j\|$. Example. For points in the plane ...
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Euclidean minimum spanning trees intersecting each unit square

The recent question "Euclidean Minimum Spanning Trees Restricted to One Vertex Per Grid Cell" can be restated in terms of "minimum spanning trees intersecting each (closed) lattice square of an ...
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How does deletion-contraction affect chromatic number? Can it increase chromatic number? [closed]

Question: In graph theory, contracting an edge or deleting an edge are basic operations in many topics such as graph minors or Wagner's theorem on planar graphs. And I'm interested in how these ...
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Representing one diagonal of Pascal's triangle using special sums coming from a different diagonal

Let $m, n$ be any fixed natural numbers. Is it true that infinitely many elements of the sequence $\binom{m+k}{m}_{k=1,2,3,...}$ ( as well as of the sequence ...
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How long can a cycle of antichains in a finite partial order be?

Suppose that $X$ is a finite partially ordered set. Then a subset $A\subseteq X$ is said to be an antichain if there do not exist elements $a,b\in A$ with $a<b$. Let $\mathcal{A}_{X}$ be the set of ...
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Graph $G$ with $\omega(G) = 2$ but $\chi(G) \geq \aleph_0$

Given an infinite cardinal $\kappa$, is there a graph $G$ that has no clique consisting of more than 2 points, but $\chi(G) = \kappa$?
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Permutations with all cycles odd length and permutations with all cycles even length

If $n$ is even, then the number of permutations of $n$ in which all cycles have odd length equals the number of permutations of $n$ in which all cycles have even length. This fact is easily proved, ...
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Two conjectures about zero inner products and dissociated sets

The following problems come from something I worked on (with my coauthors) related to proving a new time lower bound for streaming problems. Having worked on these problems for some time with little ...
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A basic minimization problem over finite fields

Let $p$ be a prime, and suppose we are given $n$ values mod $p$: $a_1,...,a_n\in Z_p$. Is there a fast algorithm for finding $\alpha\in Z_p$ which minimizes the value $\max_i (\alpha\cdot a_i$ mod ...
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Coxeter Isometry groups whose center has torsion

I'm looking for examples of Riemannian manifolds M of dimension $\geq 2$ such that the isometry group $Isom(M)$ contains as subgroup a finite Coxeter group $G$ such that $Tor(Z(G))$, the torsion group ...
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Bit String Bijection

I am searching for a bijection between two types of bit strings (strings of 0's and 1's) both of even length (2n). The restriction on the first type of bit string is that they must have the same ...
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No limit shape for random Young diagrams under z-measure?

In their paper Random partitions and the Gamma kernel (Advances in Mathematics 194 (2005) 141–202), Borodin and Olshanski state that: An important difference between the Plancherel measures and ...
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Is this version of van der Waerden's Theorem consistent with ZFC?

One way to phrase van der Waerden's Theorem is: For every finite coloring of $\mathbb N$ and every finite $F \subseteq \mathbb N$, there exist $a,b \in \mathbb N$ such that $a + b \cdot F$ is ...