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LS paths construction

Let $W$ be the Weyl group of a simple Lie algebra $\mathfrak L$, and for a dominant weight $\lambda$ denote by $W_{\lambda}$ the stabilizer of $\lambda$ in $W$. Let $\leq$ be the Bruhat order on ...
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Number of subsum of a given set of integers

I am asking myself for few days the following but I can't find any references, although I am pretty sure this was already studied, because it seems quite natural: Given n integers $(e_i)$ chosen ...
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Rank changes with matrix edits

Assume we have rank $r$ real matrix $M\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ (not constrained to symmetric). Assume $W\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ is rank $1$ real matrix. Case $1$: $M+W\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$. Could ...
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Complex lines arrangements from a given wiring diagram

I'm working on some presentation of the fundamental group of the complement of a complex lines arrangement in $\mathbb{C}^{2}.$ In particular, in Arvola's article "The fundamental group of the ...
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Directed Hypercube Minimal Cuts

If $[n]:=\{1,2,\ldots, n\}$ for some $n\in\mathbb{N}$, then the hypercube digraph of dimension $n$, denoted $H_n$, is the graph whose set of vertices is the power-set $\wp([n])$ where two vertices ...
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Decomposing matrices to lower ranks

Given real matrix $M\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ of rank $r$. How many $M_i\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ of rank $s$ does one need to write $M'=\sum_{i=1}^ta_iM_i$ for some $a_i\in\Bbb R$ where maximum absolute ...
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How many expressions can be formed with $k$ commutative and associative functions?

This is a generalization of a question I posted to Math.SE here. Suppose we have $k$ binary functions $f_1, f_2, \ldots, f_k$, all of which are commutative and associative, and $n$ indeterminates ...
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A congruence involving binomial coefficients

The following open problem was shown to me by Maxim Kontsevich. I state it in a different but equivalent form. Let $a(n)$ be the sequence at http://oeis.org/A131868, that is, $$ a(n) ...
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Enumerating matrices function of ranks

Is there an expression/approximate expression for number of real matrices $M\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ of rank $r\leq n$? Is it known if $M$ is restricted to symmetric/skew-symmetric matrices? Does ...
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Find subset of collection of sets whose intersection has minimum average value

Let $a_1,\ldots,a_n>0$, and let $S_1,\ldots,S_d\subset\{1,\ldots,n\}$ (all non-empty). For any $I\subseteq\{1,\ldots,d\}$, define $S(I)=\bigcap_{i\in I} S_i$. Given some $1\leq s < d$, consider ...
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A multinomial-type sum over compositions of an integer

I find myself needing to compute (or asymptotically estimate) the following sum over the $2^{S-1}$ compositions of $S$. I am hoping an expert in combinatorics (I am a computer scientist) will ...
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Sets of points containing permutations - a Ramsey-type question

The following question arised as a side-question in a geometric problem. It has a "feel" similar to problems in Ramsey-theory, but I have not found any mention of it (also I'm not very familiar with ...
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Polynomial existence over finite field

Denote $\mathcal{F_n}$ as collection of multiaffine polynomials $f\in\Bbb F_2[x_1,\dots,x_n]$. Denote total degree of $f\in\mathcal{F_n}$ as $deg(f)$ (note $deg(f)\leq n$). Denote ...
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Combinatorics problem involving counting the number of certain substrings

I'm not sure if this question is suited for MO, but it does seem quite challenging to me, and is required for a research problem in chemistry I'm working on. I did try getting help from elsewhere ...
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A possibly surprising appearance of Lucas numbers

Let $S$ be the set of polynomials defined as follows: $0$ is in $S$, and if $p$ is in $S$, then $p + 1$ is in $S$ and $x \cdot p$ is in $S$, so that $S$ "grows" in generations: $g(0)=\{0\}$, ...
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When the vertex covering number is smaller than the chromatic number

For any graph $G=(V,E)$ let $\tau(G)$ be the minimum cardinality of a vertex cover of $G$. As noted here, we have $\tau(G) \geq \chi(G) - 1$ for all finite graphs $G$. I'm interested in graphs $G$ ...
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Surveys of the items of Erdős' “toolbox”

Could you point out some survey papers and monographs that highlight the kernel of tricks, techniques, and tools that Paul Erdős employed the most in his research work (in particular in graph theory, ...
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Optimization of a multilinear function over a product of hypersimplices

Let $P = \Delta_1 \times \cdots \times \Delta_N$ be the Cartesian product of $N$ hypersimplices. Let $f : P \to \mathbb{R}$ be a multilinear function of $N$ variables, ie $x_i \mapsto f(x_1, \ldots, ...
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Linear intersection number and vertex covering number

A linear hypergraph is a pair $\pi=(X, L)$ where $X\neq \emptyset$ is a set and $L\subseteq {\cal P}(X)$ has the following properties: for $e\in L$ we have $|e|\geq 2$; if $e_1\neq e_2 \in L$ then ...
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Can we replace 2-fold cover by n rectangles with 1-fold cover by n rectangles?

Suppose that $n$ rectangles cover every point of their union exactly twice (except for points on their boundaries). Can we partition this union into at most $n$ rectangles? I think it's pretty ...
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About adjacency matrices of $k-$shift lifts of graphs

I am finding the notation of cyclic lifts of graphs to be very confusing. Lets say one is looking at a cyclic $k-$lift of a $\vert V \vert$ sized graph. I would like to understand what is the ...
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Signatures of latin squares: what about the extremal cases?

For a latin square (LS) of order $n$, we will define a cut (or maybe general transversal, I don't know whether there is an entrenched name for this) as a collection of $n$ cells such that no two share ...
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Continuous-piecewise-linear versus piecewise-linear

Some authors use the term "continuous piecewise-linear" where other authors use the shorter term "piecewise-linear" (with continuity tacit). I'd be interested in people's thoughts about this ...
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Compiling self-referential forms

Fix $1\leq d\in\mathbb{N}$ and set $D:=\{0,1,\ldots,d-1\}$. Consider the system of equations \begin{equation} x_i=c_i + \sum_{j\in D}\delta_{x_j,i} \end{equation} with $c_i\in D$ given and $x_i\in D$ ...
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Probabilistic statement on matrix ranks

Given $A\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ with $\operatorname{rank}(A)=r=2^{O((\log_2n)^{\frac{1}{c+1}})}$. Denote $\mathsf{1_n}\in\{0,1\}^n$ as vector with $1$s. Does ...
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Inversion, Koszul duality, combinatorics and geometry

According to this MO answer Koszul duality is related to operations on generating series; 1) multiplicative inversion for quadratic algebras, 2) compositional inversion for quadratic operads, 3) ...
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Can all unit-distance graphs have their vertices at algebraic integers?

A graph $G$ is described as a unit-distance graph if there exists a function $f:G \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ such that for every edge $(u,v) \in E(G)$, we have $|f(u) - f(v)| = 1$. Obviously, we can ...
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Certain signed sum over $S_n$

The following question appeared in my research: Let $G_1,G_2,G_3$ all be subgroups of $S_n$, and consider the sum $$ \sum_{g_i \in G_i, g_1g_2g_3 = id} \epsilon(g_1) $$ that is, we only consider ...
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A positivity problem involving the number of ways of expressing $n$ as a product of $k$ factors

Let $d_k(n)$ denote the number of ways of expressing $n$ as a product of $k$ factors, and let $$D_k(x)=\sum_{n\leq x}d_k(n)$$ be the summatory function. During a study of Mertens' function I was lead ...
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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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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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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 ...