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Does van der Waerden's Theorem hold for $\omega_1$?

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 ...
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Enumerating Lattice points

Let $A \in \mathbb{R}^{d\times d}$ be an invertible matrix. Consider the set $$P_d := A\mathbb{Z}^d = \{A x| x \in \mathbb{Z}^d \} \subset \mathbb{R}^d$$. and $$ Q_d := [-1,1]^d.$$ I am interest in ...
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Presentation of the Rybnikov matroid

In this well celebrated work Gregory Rybnikov exhibit an example of two arrangements with the same underlying matroid, but with fundamental groups which are not isomorphic. This is a key ...
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Euclidean Minimum Spanning Trees Restricted to One Vertex Per Grid Cell

Given an $n \times n$ grid with unit grid cells, and one point from the interior of each cell, what is are best possible lower and upper bounds for lengths of minimum spanning trees? The lower bound ...
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Strings with no long runs from proper subalphabets

Let $R_{n,k,b}$ be the number of $b$-ary strings of length $n$ that contain some run of length at least $k$ from some $(b-1)$-ary subalphabet. Let $N_{n,k,b}=b^n-R_{n,k,b}$ be the size of the ...
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Sum identities with immanants

For $\chi$ being an irreducible character of the symmetric group $S_n$ and being $M$ a complex $n\times n$-matrix, I would like to show $$ \sum_{\sigma, \rho \in S_n} \overline{\chi(\sigma)} ...
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Uniform generation of Symmetric Plane Partitons

In the conclusion of An Involution Principle-Free Proof of Stanley's Hook-Content Formula Krattenthaler notes that the techniques of the paper might be useful for finding bijective proofs of the ...
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A Bernstein-like Combinatorial Sum

Do sums of the "convoluted Bernstein" form $$ \sum_{j=1}^m {m\choose j} q^j (1-q)^{m-j} {n \choose k} \left(\frac j m\right)^k \left(1- \frac j m\right)^{n-k} $$ admit closed forms? My attempts to ...
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What can I further assume about the speeds of runners of Lonely Runner Conjecture WLOG?

Lonely Runner Conjecture is the following problem, and the conjecture was proven to be true for $k\leq 7$: Let $V$ be the set of $k$ distinct positive integers with $v_1<v_2<...<v_k$ ...
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How many random matrices does it take to generate a matrix algebra?

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a finite field. Let $A\le \mbox{Mat}_n(\mathbb{F})$ be a matrix algebra. Is there a good bound on the number $k$ of random elements $a_1,\dots,a_k\in A$ that one needs to take ...
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A weaker version of Randell Isotopy Theorem

I am studying a problem in hyperplane arrangement theory related to the homotopy type of the complement manifold of a certain class of hyperplane arrangements. In a well celebrated paper Richard ...
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Algebraic proof of Five-Color Theorem using chromatic polynomials by Birkhoff and Lewis in 1946

I'm guessing everyone is familiar with Four Color Theorem which was proved by Appel and Haken using computers. A weaker version of this theorem is Five Color Theorem which states that a planar graph ...
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A claim from “Graph minors - a survey” by Robertson and Seymour

Can someone give me a proof sketch for this: Let $\mathscr{P}_n$ be the set of all graphs which do not contain a path on $n$ vertices as a subgraph. Define the type of a graph inductively as: the type ...
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Random sequence of integers in $\{1, 2, \dots, n \}$ which is “everywhere probably increasing” - how long can it be?

Let $D=(d_1,d_2,\dots,d_k)$ be a sequence of correlated random variables. $D$ is "everywhere $r$-probably increasing" if the event $d_j > d_i$ has probability $\geq r$ for all $j > i$. Fix $r ...
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Table of planar connected graphs

For the other day I need to use the table of planar connected graph with few vertex. In the wolfram's mathworld , they listed only the graph with $4$ vertex. Does anyone knows webpages or pdf on the ...
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Singular homology of the zero loci of polynomials

I am very sorry but apparently I am really weak in cohomology flavored questions. I try to reformulate my problem in a very simple and hopefully clear way. This question is related with a problem in ...
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Are back edges mandatory in Ford Fulkerson algorithm?

Consider the algorithm of Ford Fulkerson where, for each iteration, you add flow along a path equal to the maximum residual capacity along this path. Does it exist, for every network, a choice of ...
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Complexity of planar scissor congruence

Two (not necessarily convex) poygons of equal area are scissor-congruent, i.e. both can be cut along a finite number of straight lines or segments into isometric pieces. What can be said about the ...
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Linear independence of +/- 1 strings/vectors II

Let $V=\left\{-1,1\right\}^{n}$. Consider three vectors $v_1,v_2,v_3\in V$. I would like to know whether these vectors are linearly independent over $\mathbb{Z}$. To be more precise - I need a ...
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Isoperimetric inequality on the Hamming cube

Suppose $X \subseteq \lbrace 0 , 1 \rbrace ^{m}$ such that $|X| \geq 2^{0.8m}$, and $m \geq 2$, then prove that there exists $x,y \in X$ with $||x - y||_{1} \geq m/2$. My approach to prove this was ...
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A Question about Palindromic Numbers and System of Arithmetic Progression

Based from Harminc and Sotak's result, www.fq.math.ca/Scanned/36-3/harminc.pdf We know that under certain condition, an arithmetic progression can contain an infinitely many palindromes. My question ...
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Linear independence of +/- 1 strings/vectors

Let $V=\left\{-1,1\right\}^{n}$. Consider three vectors $v_1,v_2,v_3\in V$. I would like to know whether these vectors are linearly independent over $\mathbb{Z}$. To be more precise - I need a ...
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Simultaneous approximation by rationals with relatively prime numerators

The following seems hard to me (or perhaps just not true), but perhaps I am mistaken. It is known that given irrational numbers $x_1$ and $x_2$, there are infinitely many simultaneous rational ...
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Combinatorial polynomials from general diagram fillings?

There is a plethora of polynomials defined on partition shaped Young diagrams, (Schur, Jack, Grothendieck,...), and skew Young diagrams. There are also composition shaped diagrams that are responsible ...
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Does every connected vertex transitive graph on $n$ vertices (except for $C_n$) have minimum feedback vertex set of size $\Omega(n)$?

Feedback vertex set is a set of vertices whose removal leaves an acyclic graph. It is known that every vertex transitive graph on $n$ vertices has minimum vertex cover of size $\Omega(n)$. It is also ...
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Distribution of composite numbers

I have moved this question to math.stackexchange.com. People who are interested in this question can discuss at :http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1272431/distribution-of-composite-numbers ...
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Dimension of the span of all partial derivatives of a given symmetric polynomial $f$ and the polynomial $E(f)$

I need some help on the problem below. Let $d\geq 4$ and $f$ a symmetric polynomial, homogeneous of degree $d$, in $n$ variables $x_1,\dots,x_n$, with real coefficients. We set $$ ...
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How is $ \sum_{x \in X(\mathbb{F}_q)} \dots $ a generalization of cardinality?

This quarter Maxim Kontsevich is offering a course on exponential integral. There is not much in the way of notes, but is one page with mysterious comments. Let $X$ be an algebraic variety over ...
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scalar multiple of Young symmetrizer

The following is a lemma from Fulton and Harris' book -Representation theory,a first course (page 53): Lemma: For all $x\in \mathbb{C}\mathfrak{S}_r$, $c_{\lambda}\cdot x\cdot c_{\lambda}= scalar ...
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Vertex expansion of the Hamming graph

Let $G$ be a graph, and for every $S \subseteq V$, let $N(S)$ denote the neighborhood of $S$. The vertex expansion of $G$ is $$ \min_{S\subseteq V, |S|\le |V|/2} \left\{ \frac{|N(S)|}{|S|} ...
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Equation with $q$-binomial coefficients

Let $d\ge2$, and let $q$ be a power of a prime. As usual, define $N(d,q)=\sum_{k=0}^d{d\choose k}_q$. I wonder if there are $d$ and $q$ as above such that $1+N(d,q)=q^{d+1}$. (If the answer is ...
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Random graphs with boundary in a game (Tsuro)

Suppose we have an $n \times n$ board and we have $n^2 - 1$ square tiles. These tiles consist of a 8 vertices, two on each edge, and every vertex is connected to precisely one other vertex. These ...
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Largest Fourier coefficient of sparse boolean function

Consider a Boolean function $f: GF(2)^n \rightarrow \{0, 1 \}$. I would like to show that if $f$ is sparse, i.e. $\sum f(i) \leq t$, then $f$ must have a large Fourier coefficient. (A Fourier ...
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Extending subsets to supersets in different ways

We are given a collection of sets $A_1,\ldots,A_s$, pairwise different and each of cardinality $k$, and a collection of sets $B_1,\ldots,B_s$, pairwise different and each of cardinality $l>k+1$, ...
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Graph of graph homomorphisms

For (finite or infinite) undirected, simple graphs $G, H$, let $V_{\text{Hom}} = \{f:G\to H:f\text{ is a graph homomorphism}\}$, and $E_{\text{Hom}} =\big\{\{f,g\}\subseteq V_{\text{Hom}}: ...
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Seymour's second neighborhood conjecture

Does anyone out there know if Seymour's second neighborhood conjecture is still open? if not, I would appreciate any references.
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Decomposing a weakly chordal graph into disjoint union of co-chordal graphs

A graph G is said to be co-chordal if it is $\bar C_n$-free for any $n \ge 4$. It is weakly chordal if it is $C_n$ and $\bar C_n$ free for all $n\ge 5$. Assume that the induced matching number of $G$ ...
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Algorithm that generates a n-simplex that cover n-polytope?

Given an $n$-cube with unit volume, is there any algorithm that generates a $n$-simplex that covers the $n$-polytope?
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Approximating a max-cut's intersection with other cuts

(This is a cross-post from the Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange.) For the purposes of this question, a cut in a graph $G$ is the edge-set $\delta (S)\subseteq E(G)$ between some vertex-set ...
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Integer decomposition of dilated integral polytopes

For $n > 0$, let $P$ be an integral polytope, that is, the convex hull in $\mathbb{R}^n$ of points in $\mathbb{Z}^n$. Suppose that $\dim(P) = n$. Question: Given $d > n + 2$ is it true that $$ ...
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A generalization of Erdős–Newman–Mirsky?

Given a sequence $S$ of natural numbers, write ${\bf Gap}(S)$ for the set of differences between consecutive terms. (So $|{\bf Gap}(S)|=1$ precisely for arithmetic progressions, hence the connection ...
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Combinatorics of K(Z,2)?

Anybody knows a semi-simplicial model for $K(Z,2)$ having finite number of simplexes in any dimension? With some regular description? I have heard about big activity on triangulating $CP^n$ but this ...
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Lattice-isotopic essentialization of arrangements

I'm working on a problem related to $\textbf{Randell's isotopy theorem}$ for complex hyperplane arrangements. I have a question which seems quite obvious. However, I haven't found a rigorous proof ...
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Models for graphs representing real-life networks

I am interested in basic models of graphs (stochastic or deterministic) that are offered for real-life networks (like social networks, the Internet, neuron networks). I will be thankful for answers ...
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An upper bound on the number of sets of parallel lines covering points in a finite plane?

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a finite field of characteristic $2$. Let $L_m$ denote the set of lines in $\mathbb{F}^2$ with slope $m\in\mathbb{F}$, that is, all parallel lines of the form $y=mx+b$. Consider a ...
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Is the set $ AA+A $ always at least as large as $ A+A $?

Let $A$ be a finite set of real numbers. Is it always the case that $|AA+A| \geq |A+A|$? My first instinct is that this is obviously true, and there is a one-line proof which I am foolishly ...
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Mysterious identity between numbers of odd/even meander systems

Definitions: An upper arch system of order $n$ is a subset of the plane consisting of $n$ non-intersecting closed semicircles in the upper half-plane whose endpoints belong to the set $\{(k,0)\mid ...
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A combinatorial question about orthonormal bases

Suppose that $F:S^{n-1}\to A$ is a map of sets from the unit sphere in $\mathbb R^n$ to an abelian group, and that the sum $F(v_1)+\dots +F(v_n)$ over an orthonormal basis is independent of the basis. ...
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Coloring a Ferrers diagram

I've shopped the problem below around a bit and it seems like it might be known, or not that hard to resolve, but so far I've come up empty-handed. Say that a coloring of the dots of a Ferrers ...
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Connection between connectivity and cohesion of a graph

Tutte [1] proved that, for every $3$-connected graph $G$ and vertices $u$ and $v$, there exists a nonseparating $uv$-path. A graph $G$ is $t$-cohesive if $G$ is connected, has at least two vertices, ...