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Can the reversed lattice of a subgroups interval be represented?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $H$ a subgroup. The interval $[H,G]$ is the lattice of overgroups of $H$. It is an open problem to know if every finite lattice can be represented by such an interval ...
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Positivity of coefficients of Ehrhart polynomial of n-Tetrahedron

A set of positive integers $d_1, \dots, d_n$ describe two n-dimensional closed lattice tetrahedron: $$ T = \left\{ (x_1, \dots, x_n) \in \mathbb{R}^n: \sum_{i=1}^n \frac{x_i}{d_i} \leq 1 \textrm{ and ...
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Generating Uniquely k-Optimal Point Sets

This question is motivated by the observation that finding an optimal tour through a set of points in the Euclidean plane is especially simple, if the points are in convex configuration and, that the ...
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Is the linear production game a convex game?

In cooperative game theory, the linear production game (LPG) is defined by letting the characteristic function have the form of a linear programming problem. Does anyone know if the LPG is a convex ...
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An extension of Hadamard maximum determinant problem

Consider the Vandermonde product $\prod_{1\le j < k \le n} |z_j - z_k|$. It is well-known that under the constraint $|z_j| \le 1$ for all $j$, the product is maximized at a picket fence ...
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Spectra of undirected $d$-regular graphs

Let $G$ be a undirected $d$-regular graph, that is, a graph whose all vertices have the same degree $d$. It is known that the eigenvalues $\sigma_i$, $i=1,\cdots,n$, of the adjacency matrix are real ...
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Zero-sum sets in union-closed families

The Davenport constant $D(G)$ of a finite abelian group $G$ is the minimum integer $n$ such that whenever $a_1, \ldots, a_n \in G$ (not necessarily distinct), there is a non-empty $I \subseteq [n]$ ...
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Probability of covering a set

Suppose we have a set of $N$ numbers. At any given trial we can randomly choose $N^{1-a}$ of the numbers where $a\in(0,1)$. We replace the numbers back. How many trials does it take in average case ...
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Is the complement of a vertex figure in an (abstract) polytope connected?

I consider an (abstract) regular polytope $P$, and $H$ a vertex figure of $P$. Is the complement $P \setminus H$ connected (as a poset, in the sense that its Hasse diagram, ignoring the improper ...
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What is the independence number of this graph which is a generalization of a Kneser graph?

Let $\mathfrak{A}=\{1,2,\dots,8\}$ and construct a graph as follows. Let the vertices of the graph be the set of all $A=(\{a,b,c\},\{d,e\})$ where $a,b,c,d,e\in \mathfrak{A}$ are distinct. Two ...
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Multidimensional recurrence relations

There are many methods of solving one-dimensional homogeneous linear recurrence relations, i.e. such of the form $$ a_n = \sum_{k=1}^{m}\alpha_ka_{n-k}.$$ Most widespread use linear algebra or ...
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List of counting proofs instead of linear algebra method in combinatorics

I've just come across this proof of the Graham-Pollak Theorem by Sundar Vishwanathan (thanks to Konrad Swanepoel's sporadic comments about it on this site), that must be called beautiful after its ...
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Counting growing tree trajectories

I am looking for help: Beginning with a single node ($\circ$), at each discrete time step I can add a node/link pair to any node currently in the tree. Nodes are unlabelled and the tree is ...
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Has anyone seen these binary trees (Catalan-type related to the Gegenbauer polynomials and Motzkin paths)?

The OEIS entry A121448 enumerates binary trees with $n$ edges and $k$ vertices with outdegree 1. Has anyone seen these trees? The o.g.f. for this entry, $G(x,t)$, is essentially a discriminant ...
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Additional condition to the Bollobas theorem (Sperner's therorem) in extremal set theory

The Bollobas'1965 theorem is the following: If $A_1,...,A_n$ and $B_1,...,B_n$ are two sequences of subsets of $X=\{1,...,r\}$ such that $A_i\cap B_j = \emptyset$ if and only if $i=j$, then ...
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A combinatorial sum involving ratios of binomials [closed]

Can anyone suggest how to prove the following (for $k \le n$): $$\sum \limits_{s=0}^N \frac{\binom{n}{k} \binom{N-n}{s-k} }{\binom{N}{s}} = \frac{N+1}{n+1}$$ I am assuming it to be true, and ...
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Mapping a grayscale image into a weighted undirected graph

I am looking for a method to convert an image into a network. I have found the study Z. Wu, X. Lu, Y. Deng, Image edge detection based on local dimension: A complex networks approach. Physica A ...
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universality for large deviations?

This is a question about universality in probability theory, with combinatorics in mind. Consider a sequence of polynomials $P_n$ in one variable, with positive coefficients. Combinatorics is a large ...
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A seemingly simple combinatorial object that must have an easy generating function

One more question related to my earlier "Special" meanders. I am trying to isolate simplest problems related to it. Here is one. For a composition (i. e. a tuple of natural numbers) ...
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Sampling efficiently conditioned on linear constraints modulo both $\mathbb{F}_p$ and $\mathbb{F}_2$

Given a prime $p$ and positive integer $t \ll \log p$ (say $t = \sqrt{\log p}$), is there an algorithm that is polynomial time in $\log p$ to sample uniform $X, Y \in \mathbb{F}_p$ conditioned on the ...
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Does $|A+A|$ concentrate near its mean?

Fix $N$ to be a large prime. Let $A \subset \mathbb{Z}/N\mathbb{Z}$ be a random subset defined by $\mathbb{P}(a \in A) = p$, where $p = N^{-2/3 + \epsilon}$ for some fixed $\epsilon > 0$. My ...
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How many times does a simple symmetric random walk of length n return to the origin?

Consider the simple symmetric random walk on the integers starting from the origin of length $n$. More precisely, I will denote an $n$ step random walk $w$ as $$ w:= \omega_0 \omega_1 \ldots ...
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Factoring a multiset into a product of two multisets

Given a multiset $S$ of $mn$ numbers, how hard is to find multisets $A$ and $B$, of $m$ and $n$ numbers respectively, such that $$ S = \{ xy \mid x\in A, y\in B \}~~~~\text{(multiset sense)}, $$ or ...
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Numerical invariants for a graph or its complement that are bounded by some constant

I'm looking for numerical graph invariants that are bounded by a constant either for a graph $G$ or its complement $\bar{G}$. (The complement graph $\bar{G}$ has the same set of vertices as $G$ but ...
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A generalization of Rogers-Ramanujan identity

The generalized Rogers-Ramanujan identity has the following form $$\sum_{k_1\geq\cdots\geq k_r\geq 0}\frac{x^{k_1^2+\cdots +k_r^2+k_i+\cdots +k_r}}{(x)_{k_1-k_2}\cdots ...
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writing an integer as particular summation [closed]

I think my question is an elementary question. Thanks for any help or comment. Is there any formula for the number of writting a natural number $n$ in a summation as follows, $n=a_1+\dots+a_k$, ...
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Optimization on Binomial coefficients

Suppose we are given integers $1\leq r\leq N$, we want to study the following $$ \max_{m_0+m_1=N,m_0,m_1\geq 1}\max_j \tbinom {m_0}{j}\tbinom {m_1}{r-j}. $$ $N$ is very large, for instance $N\geq ...
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mod 5 partition identity proof

I am looking for a proof that: $$\prod_\limits{m=0}^\infty \dfrac{1}{(1-x^{5m+1})}=\sum_\limits{i=0}^\infty \dfrac{x^i}{\prod_\limits{j=1}^i (1-x^{5j})}$$ The left hand side expands into: ...
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How many uniquely colored degree two vertices in 3-coloring of subcubic graph?

Is there a graph with maximum degree three that has 3 degree two vertices that must get the same (resp. different) color in every 3-coloring of the graph? I'm interested in any similar results as ...
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What is the probability that two random permutations have the same order?

I am interested in the orders of random permutations. Since the law of the logarithm of the order of a permutation converges to a normal law (for instance Erdös-Turan Statistical group theory III), ...
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Frankl's union-closed sets conjecture for infinite families

This question is motivated by Frankl's union-closet sets conjecture. Let $X$ be a non-empty set. We say that a family ${\cal A} \subseteq {\cal P}(X)$ is union-closed if $\emptyset\notin{\cal A}$ and ...
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question about literature in the field of Ramsey's theory [closed]

i am searching for an on- line paper or a book, or maybe just a paper or a book which consists a proof of finite Ramsey's theorem for sets (not for graphs). i need a combinatorial proof which is not ...
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Induced matching of cycle

Definition: A graph $G$ is chordal if every induced cycle in $G$ has length 3, and is co-chordal if the complement graph $G^c$ is chordal.The co-chordal cover number, denoted $cochord (G)$, is the ...
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Discrepancy of elements in minimal members of a union-closed set

This question is motivated by Frankl's union-closet sets conjecture. Let $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and set $[n] = \{0,1,\ldots,n\}$. We say that a family ${\cal A} \subseteq {\cal P}([n])$ is union-closed if ...
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Order-Perserving Bijection $f:A\to A^*$?

Let $A$ be a well-quasi-ordered infnite set. Does there exist an order-preserving bijection $f:A\to A^*$, where $A^*$ is the free monoid over $A$ under the subword ordering? Would this subword ...
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Ramanujan graphs and stable real polynomials

I have a problem with the lemma 6.5 and the theorems 5.1, 6.6 in the paper of Adam Marcus, Daniel Spielman and Nikhil Srivastava. http://arxiv.org/pdf/1304.4132.pdf I do not understand how they use ...
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Vectors which average to zero over any graph neighborhood

Given an undirected connected graph on $n$ nodes, let $S$ be the subspace of vectors $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ which satisfy $$\sum_{j \in N(i)} x_j = 0,$$ for all $i=1, \ldots, n$. Here $N(i)$ is the set ...
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The complexity of Max-K interval selection

I came up with the following problem, but do not know how to analyze it. Let $S$ be an ordered set of integers with size $n$ (i.e., $S=\{1,2,...,n\}$). An interval $INV(a,b)$ covers the elements in ...
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Even parking functions and spanning trees of complete bipartite graphs

Set $\mathbb{N} := \{0,1,2,\ldots\}$. A parking function of length $n$ is a sequence $(\alpha_1,\ldots,\alpha_n) \in \mathbb{N}^n$ whose weakly increasing rearrangement $\alpha_{i_1} \leq \alpha_{i_2} ...
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Number of ways of tiling a $2 \times n$ rectangle using rectangles with integer sides

How many ways are there of tiling a $2 \times n$ rectangles using rectangular tiles with positive integer side lengths? I've done some work on this and have found a way of calculating this that's ...
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Does this notion related to species/operads/FI-modules have a name?

Let $B$ be the symmetric monoidal category of finite sets and bijections with disjoint union. Let $C$ be a symmetric monoidal category. Is there a standard name for a lax monoidal functor $F:B \to C$? ...
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How often can subsets of a universe intersect exactly once?

My question is inspired by the following observation: Claim: It is not possible to choose $n$ subsets of the universe $[n]$, each of size $\Omega(n)$, such that for each subset $S$ and each element ...
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A sum over characters of the symmetric group

Let $C_\mu$ be the size of the conjugacy class in $S_n$ of permutations whose cycletype is the partition $\mu\vdash n$. Let $\chi$ be the characters of the irreducible representations of $S_n$. Let ...
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Directed graph Laplacian with exactly one negative eigenvalue

Let $G$ be a digraph with adjacency matrix $A =(A_{ij})$ where $A_{ij}=1$ if and only if there is a directed edge $i \to j$ and $A_{ij}=0$ otherwise. Let $D= (D_{ij})$ be the degree matrix with ...
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Probability bound for perfect matching

Let $p<1$ be a constant. Consider two sets $A,B$, each with $n$ vertices. For each pair $(a,b)\in A\times B$, the edge between $a$ and $b$ appears with probability $p$, independently of the ...
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How small can a set system containing a large subset of every set be?

Fix $1>c>0$. Consider the set $[n]=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ and the set of all subsets of this set which we'll denote as $2^{[n]}$. Let $S \subseteq 2^{[n]}$ be a set system such that for every ...
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Extracting a full rank matrix from a 0-1 matrix

If $A$ is a $n\!\times\!n$ $0$-$1$ matrix of rank $k<n$. If ever possible, what would be an efficient way of extracting a full rank $k\!\times\!k$ sub-matrix of $A$ by removing columns and rows of ...
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Generalizations of the Triangle Removal Lemma to smaller exponents

The Triangle Removal Lemma states: For all $\epsilon > 0$, there is a $\delta > 0$ such that any graph on $n$ vertices with at most $\delta n^3$ triangles may be made triangle-free by ...
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Blocking sets in three dimensional finite affine spaces

What is the smallest possible size of a set of points in $\mathbb{F}_q^3$ which intersects (blocks) every line? Clearly the union of three affine hyperplanes that intersect in a singleton, say $x = ...
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Closed formula for the generating function of the sequence of powers

Does anyone know of a closed formula for the function $f_k(x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{n^k x^n}$ ? That is, the generating function of the sequence $1^k,2^k,3^k...$. It is not hard to see that ...