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Is there a formula for the number of labeled forests with $k$ components on $n$ vertices?

Cayley's formula states that the number of labeled trees on $n$ vertices is $n^{n-2}$. My question is: Is there a generalization of this formula for forests? Let $f_{n,k}$ denote the number of ...
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How to prove an elementary functional equation for polylogarithms?

Let $Li_s(z)$ denote the usual polylogarithm. The elementary functional equation $$Li_{-n}(z)=(-1)^{n-1}Li_{-n}(1/z)$$ holds for $n\geq 1$. I remember only that the proof used some reproducing ...
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Generalized Cauchy-Binet sum over a fixed subset of indices

I originally posted this on math.stackexchange, but it quickly got buried. I removed it not too long after, thinking of rewriting it for MO, but I didn’t have a chance to post it until now. Apologies ...
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An Intriguing Tapestry: Number triangles, polytopes, Grassmannians, and scattering amplitudes

(Despite seven upvotes, the unproductive, nonconstructive responses and close requests have dominated this entry. Consequently, I've severely reduced the content of this question. Several replies to ...
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Counting rooted labelled trees with fixed height AND fixed # of vertices

Consider the set of rooted labeled trees in which each node may have up to $d$ children. It is well known that the number of such trees with $\leq v$ vertices is (approximately) $(ed)^v$ and that the ...
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G-equivariant coherent sheaves on Bott-Samelson Resolutions

Let $G$ be a Lie group, $B$ be a Borel subgroup. $G/B$ is the corresponding flag variety. Let $w$ be an element of the Weyl group $W$ with a reduced expression $w = s_1 \cdots s_n$. Let $X_w$ be ...
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enumeration of connected blocks in finite size square

Given a square of size n by m, how many ways could we choose sites, such that all the sites are connected? By "connected" we mean "connected" by adjacent sites. We will illustrate by example, say, we ...
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lower bound for difference between max cut and min cut

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph on $n$ vertices with edge weights $w=(w_e)_{e\in E}$. Let $M^+$ and $M^-$ be the maximum and the minimum cut values, i.e. ...
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How to understand a rooting of a dessin d'enfant?

As I understand it, rooted maps on surfaces were first introduced in enumerative combinatorics because they are easier to count than unrooted maps, which can have non-trivial symmetries. A map is a ...
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open question on intersecting rectangles - reference request

In the now-inactive (and very nice) "Tricki" website that describes various proof techniques, there is an article (written I think by Timothy Gowers) that describes the following Ramsey-type problem: ...
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Dissection of a polygon into convex polygons

Problem: for a fixed integer $m\geqslant 3$ find all $n$ such that no $n$-gon can be dissected into convex $m$-gons. I would be very grateful for any information on this problem. Remark 1. There ...
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Upper bounding number of integer partition by binomial coefficient

Let $n,p \in \mathbb N$ and consider the integer partition of $$\lfloor \frac{n(p-1)}{2} \rfloor$$ into $p$ or less parts, each of which is less or equal to $n-1$. Can the number of partitions be ...
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Upper bound for different sums having the same value

Let $\Lambda :=\{\lambda_1, \dots, \lambda_n\}$ be a set of $n$ distinct real numbers. For a given $p \in \mathbb N$, consider further the set $$I_p := \{ \{i_1, i_2, \dots, i_p\} : i_j \in \{1, ...
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How many maximal triangulations of a rectangle?

I posted the following question on MathStackExchange, but I didn't any answer. So please let me post it on MathOverflow. Let $L_{m,n}\subset\mathbb R^2$ be a rectangle given by $[0,m]×[0,n]$ with ...
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Independent domination number for grid graphs

Let $G_{n,m}$ be the $n \times m$ grid graph, i.e. $G= P_n \Box P_m$, and $T_{n,m}$ the $n\times m$ torus grid graph, i.e. $G= C_n \Box C_m$, where $P_n$ and $C_n$ indicate the path graph of length ...
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maximizing a function involving factorial

Can someone suggest a way to calculate the maximum with respect to $x \ge 1$ of: $$f(x)=\frac{1}{x!} \frac{1}{1-c^{1/\binom{x+n-1}{n-1}}}.$$ The constants $c$ and $n$ are parameters such that $c \in ...
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Is there a bijection of permutations onto mathematical objects that preserve information about descents?

$\omega \in S_n$ is an FPFI (fixed point free involution) (also called a matching) if $\omega^2=1$ and $\omega(i) \neq i$ for all $i$. For $\omega \in S_n$, a descent occurs at $i$ if $\omega(i+1) ...
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Number of cyclic difference sets

A subset $D=\{a_1,\ldots,a_k\}$ of $\mathbb{Z}/v\mathbb{Z}$ is said to be a $(v,k,\lambda)$-cycic difference set if for each nonzero $b\in\mathbb{Z}/v\mathbb{Z}$, there are exactly $\lambda$ ordered ...
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quotient of planar groups

If G is an infinite planar group (it means that it has a generating subset C such that Cay (S, C) is a planar graph) and H is a normal subgroup of it, I would be very grateful if somebody helps me and ...
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Bound on the number of lattice points in d-dimensional ball

The following paper states that the number of lattice points in a $d$-dimensional ball of radius $R$ is $V_d R^d + O(R^\alpha)$ where $\alpha = d - 2$ and $V_d$ is the volume of the unit ...
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Bounds on Product of CDF or Beta function

I have functions of the form \begin{align} I_i = \int_0^\infty F_0(x)^aF_1(x)^b(1-F_0(x))^c(1-F_1(x))^ddF_i(x)~~~~i = 0,1 \end{align} $F_0(x)$ and $F_1(x)$ are CDFs corresponding to the random ...
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Existence of partitions

Good morning everybody. I would like to know if anybody is aware of nontrivial results of the following form : if a family $\mathcal I$ of subsets of $\mathbb N$ satisfies such and such assumption, ...
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Anti-arithmetic product of symmetric functions: (why) is it integral?

This is an analogue of MathOverflow question #138148. Indeed it is so analogous that I wrote the following by copypasting said question and making the necessary changes. For every commutative ring ...
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What is the minimal girth of a two-generator cayley graph for Alt(n) in which the girth relator is not a proper power?

First, a definition: a girth relator for a Cayley graph is a word that you get by reading the edge labels along a shortest loop. The girth relator is not usually unique, though it is often unique up ...
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Does the divergence of the sum of reciprocals of a set of integers imply this density statement about the set?

Suppose $A \subseteq \mathbb{N}$ is such that $\displaystyle{\sum_{n \in A} n^{-1}} = \infty$. Suppose $B \subseteq \mathbb{N}$ is infinite. Is there a set $X \subseteq [1,\infty)$ and a increasing ...
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Non-negative, monotone polynomial sequences without combinatorial interpretation

I am wondering what sequences of integers there are, that are known to grow polynomially, are non-negative, monotone but lacks a combinatorial interpretation. By combinatorial interpretation, they ...
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Stricter Notion of Crossing in a Partition

Let $k$ be an integer. Traditionally a partition $\pi=V_1\cup \dots \cup V_n$ of the set $[k]:=\{1,\dots, k\}$ is called crossing when there exist $a,c\in V_i$ and $b,d\in V_j\not= V_i$ such that ...
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Is barycentric subdivision of a collapsible, regular CW complex collapsible (non-evasive)?

Let $X$ be a finite, regular CW complex, and let $X'$ be its barycentric subdivision (i.e. the order complex of the face poset of $X$). Assume $X$ is collapsible. Is $X'$ collapsible? Is $X'$ ...
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List of integers without any arithmetic progression of n terms

Let's consider a positive integer $n$ and the list of the $n^2$ integers from $1$ to $n^2$. What is the minimum number $f(n)$ of integers to be cancelled in this list so that it is impossible to form ...
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On a problem of sphere-packing for Reed-Solomon codes

Suppose we have an $[n, k+1, n-k]$ Reed Solomon code $\mathcal C$ over $\mathbb F_q$, where $n-k=d$ is the minimum distance, and suppose that $d=2t+1$. We know that for every $r \in \mathbb F_q^n$ the ...
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Why have most maximal cliques of Paley graphs odd size?

I ask this question mainly by curiosity. See here for definitions and a plot of the clique numbers of the Paley graphs for the primes $p\equiv 1 \pmod 4$ up to $10000$. Is there an ...
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Non-trivial bounds for polynomials at a fixed point

Let $f$ be a polynomial of degree $d$. Of course $|f(z)|\sim C|z|^d$ as $|z|\rightarrow\infty$ but also, since any polynomial is completely determined by its values at any $d+1$ points, we may ask how ...
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Square filling self avoiding walk

I want to create an algorithm that fills a square grid with a random Hamiltonian path starting at a particular point. See this example. One approach is to try a free direction as a next step, and ...
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Expanding graphs from iterated zig-zag product

Let $\Gamma \, zz\, G$ denote the zig-zag product of graphs $\Gamma$ and $G$. Reingold, Vadhan, and Wigderson proved that the second largest eigenvalue of the normalized adjacency matrix of the ...
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Trees with a maximal convex hull: are the only optimal solutions Steiner trees?

For given $n\geqslant 3$, I'm looking for a connected set composed of $n$ equal segments in the plane such that the convex hull of it has maximal area $A(n)$. To simplify notation, we'll take ...
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Linear extensions and directed, rooted spanning trees

Let $P$ be a poset with a unique bottom element $\perp$ and view its Hasse diagram $H$ as an oriented graph. Can the principle of exclusion-inclusion be used to calculate the number of linear ...
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Existence of neighborhood inclusion for 4-chordal graphs

Let $N(v)$ be the (open) neighbourhood set of a vertex $v$, and let $N[v]$ be the closed neighbourhood set of $v$. A graph $G$ is called 4-chordal if $G$ has no induced cycle with five or more ...
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a colouring / matching problem

While trying to find a bijection which preserves various combinatorial statistics, I was led to the problem below. Very much to my surprise, a closely related question, Coloring summands of given ...
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Computing exact or asymptotics for number of strings over an alphabet of size $n$ that have no non-trivial substrings that appear more than once

I ran across a seemingly relatively simple combinatorics problem that appears open. For an alphabet of size $n$, let $A(n)$ be the number of strings over the alphabet that have no substring of length ...
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Monotonicity of the gap of permutated sequence

Let $a$ be an arbitrary sequence and denote by $\mbox{gap}_k(a) = a_{(k)} - a_{(k+1)}$, where $a_{(k)}$ is the $k$th largest component of $a$. Of course, $k+1$ should be no larger than the length of ...
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Non-DS circulant graphs

Let $p$ be a prime number greater than or equal to 11. Are there any cospectral non-isomorphic graphs with circulant graphs on $p$ vertices. Which circulant graphs over prime number of vertices ...
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Vanishing homology of simplicial complexes with few facets

Let $K$ be a simplicial complex with $n$ vertices and $n-t$ facets, where $t \geq 3$. Is it true that the $(n-3-j)$th reduced homology (with coefficients in a field) of $K$ vanishes for $0 \leq j ...
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Random Vornoi Diagrams (particular measures)

This is my second question about Random Voronoi diagrams, in my first question was given some excellent advice but i was not clear in explaining what i was looking for. I'm interested to know ...
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Random Voronoi Diagrams

I'm interested in what research has already been done with regards to the statistics of random voronoi diagrams. I have had a look on google scholar and results are a little inconclusive. I'm ...
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On the maximum number of $t$-subset of $\{1,\ldots, n\}$ having pairwise singleton or empty intersections

Let $n$, $t \in \mathbb N$ two natural numbers such that $0<t<n$, and let $A$ be a set of $n$ elements. We call a quasi-partition or q-p of $A$ a subset $W \subset \mathcal P(A)$ such that we ...
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Flag complexes that are shellable but not vertex decomposable

As the title suggests, I was wondering if anyone can point me to any examples in the literature to flag complexes that are shellable but not vertex decomposable. It is well-known that if a ...
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Counting cyclic binary sequences of length $n$ where ones appear in blocks of length at least $k$

How many binary cyclic sequences of length $n$ exist, where ones only appear in blocks of length at least $k$? We do not consider sequences that result from each other by a cyclic shift equivalent. ...
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A method for making a graph bipartite

Given any graph $G$, can we find a bipartite subgraph of $G$ with at least $e(G)/2$ edges ($e(G)$ is the number of edges in $G$) by sequentially deleting the edge belonging to the most number of odd ...
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Number of points in an intersecting linear hypergraph

I first asked the question below at math.stackexchange.com ( http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/920442/number-of-points-in-an-intersecting-linear-hypergraph ) but somebody suggested I ask it in ...
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More 3-connected cubic graphs with all 2-factors of same cycle type?

The setup is as in this question: Let $G$ be a 3-connected cubic graph. If all 2-factors of $G$ are isomorphic (as graphs), i.e. all have the same partition $\pi$ as cycle type, we'll say that $G$ is ...