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Positivity of Ehrhart polynomial coefficients

Are there any results stating that a given family of convex polytopes have Ehrhart polynomials with non-negative coefficients? What methods are available for proving such a property for some family ...
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Graph game minimum vertex degree

Consider the following graph game, given a graph $G=(V,E)$ on $n$ vertices with minimum degree $ >> log(n)$. Players are BR and MA (BR moves first): BR claims an unclaimed edge from $E$, adds ...
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Solving assignment problem using Hungarian method vs min cost max flow problem

The traditional solution for the assignment problem is the Hungarian method - it's complexity is O(V^4) or O(V^3) if using Edmonds method. However, it can also be reduced to a min cost max flow ...
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Number of monomials of deg D where each variables has low degree

Let $D,n,d$ be three positive integers. I am looking for the number of monomials of degree $D$ in $n$ variables where each variable appears with exponent at most $d$. As a result of an application ...
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Polygamous stable marriage/ assignment problem

I'm not sure under which 'algorithm' it falls under, but here is the problem: I need to match each person to 5 people from the opposite gender (each guy gets 5 girls, each girl gets 5 guys). Not all ...
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System of boolean equations, Satisfiability

Are there any methods to "solve" large systems of boolean equations? $$x_{i1}\vee x_{i2}\vee x_{i3} = b_i, \quad\text{for}\quad i=1,\dots,N,$$ where $x_i, b_i \in\{0, 1\}$ For example $$x_{1}\vee ...
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Navigation in a graph

The problem Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. $k = O\left(\log(|V|)\right)$ distinct vertices are picked randomly from $V$. We call the set of chosen $k$ vertices $T$. Assumptions about the graph: You may ...
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Who first noticed that Stirling numbers of the second kind count partitions?

When the Stirling numbers of the second kind were introduced by James Stirling in 1730, it was not combinatorially; rather, the numbers ${n \brace k}$ were defined via the polynomial identity $$ x^n = ...
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When is a group Fibonacci sequence contained in a single conjugacy class?

First a definition: a Fibonacci sequence in a group is a sequence in which the first two elements may be arbitrary, and from there on each element is a product (using the group operation) of the ...
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Lattice model for Affine Grassmannians of non type A

There is a Lattice model for affine Grassmannians of type A, due to Lusztig. It describes affine Grassmannians of type A as the moduli space of certain subspaces in an infinite-dimensional ...
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How to visualise Bollobas' 1965 theorem?

Theorem $[n]=\{1,\ldots,n\}$. Let $\lbrace (R_i, S_i), i \in I \rbrace, R_i, S_i \subset [n]$ be such that $R_i \cap S_i = \emptyset, R_i \cap S_j \ne \emptyset (i \ne j)$. Then $$\sum_{i \in I} ...
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Computing row-sum scaled unsigned Stirling nos. of the 1st kind

As the title suggests, I would like to compute probability vectors with elements proportional to (unsigned) Stirling numbers of the first kind by row. For easy reference, here is the Wiki page. For ...
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Probability that a sum of intependent random variables hits a point

Let $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ be independent random elements of a normed space $X$. Suppose that $\sup_{x\in X}\mathbb{P}(X_i=x)=p_i$. What is the best known upper bound for $$\sup_{x\in X} ...
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Are sums of 0-1 Pareto efficient vectors Pareto efficient?

Does there exist $m,n\ge1$, an $m \times n$ matrix $A$, and a vector $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ such that: The entries of $A$ are $\in \{0, 1\}$. For all pairs of columns $u, v$ of $A$ the entries of $u - ...
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What is God's number for the WrapSlide puzzle?

WrapSlide is a slide-puzzle (reminding of Rubik's Cube) consisting of a 6x6 grid of coloured tiles which are separated into four quadrants of 3x3 tiles. When it is unmixed all the tiles in a quadrant ...
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When are all sums of the elements of a set different?

Consider a set $S = \{x_1, \dots, x_n\} \subset \mathbb{Q}\setminus\{0\}$ and assume that for any $I, J \subset [n]$ with $I \neq J$ we have that \begin{equation} \sum_{i \in I} x_i \neq \sum_{j \in ...
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A problem on chains of squares — can one find an easy combinatorial proof?

Consider the unit square $ S = [0,1] \times [0,1] $. For each $ n \in \mathbb{N} $, we can tessellate $ S $ by the collection $$ A = \left\{ \left[ \frac{i}{n},\frac{i + 1}{n} \right] \times ...
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Number of maximal chains in Bruhat order

Is there a formula for the number of maximal chains between two permutation in the (strong) Bruhat order?
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A number array related to colored necklaces and the primes

I stumbled upon entry OEIS-A208535 on the enumeration of certain kinds of colored necklaces and noticed that the integers for the odd prime rows of the table there seem to be given by the Moreau ...
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What is known about the chromatic number for minimum-distance graphs in higher dimensions?

For a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^d$ with minimum distance $a$, the minimum-distance graph connect two points iff they are at distance $a$. We can also view it as the tangency graph for a set of ...
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Fundamental invariants for root subsystems

Let $\Phi$ be an irreducible root system of rank $\ell$. The fundamental invariants of $\Phi$ is a set of $\ell$ integers $d_1, \cdots, d_\ell$ canonically attached to $\Phi$. Now suppose $\Psi$ is ...
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On the ratio of Gilbreath sequences

Definitions: let $n \in \mathbb{N}_{>0} \cup \{ \infty \}$ and let $E_n$ be the set of sequences $(d_i)_{i=1}^n$ such that $d_1=1$, $d_i$ is an even integer (for $i > 1$) and $0<d_i \le i$. ...
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Separating points in the plane II

Let A be a set of $2m$ points on the plane so that no open set of diameter $2$ has more than m of them. Define $A+A+...+A$ ($k$ times) to be the multiset of $k$-sums from $A$. That is, we consider all ...
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Is fourier analysis necessary to prove this?

I have a couple of inequalities that I want to prove. The proof is easy using fourier analysis but I am wondering whether there is a proof that does not use fourier analysis. 1) For any $c, s > ...
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Poisson approximation of random sub-graphs

I add the edges of $G(n)$ the complete graph on $n$ vertices one by one, at random and without replacement, and denote by $G(n,m)$ the resulting Erdos Renyi random graph process. At step $m$ in the ...
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A generalisation of Narayana-like numbers (walks on the 2D lattice)

I apologize in advance if this question has a trivial answer. I am pretty sure this kind of problem was already studied and I am mostly asking for good references. Given integers $0 < k \le n+1,$ ...
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Ordinary or Rational Generating Function for Associated Stirling Numbers $b(n,k)$

I am trying to identify or find the ordinary or rational generating function (not the exponential generating function) for the Associated Stirling numbers of the Second kind, denoted ...
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Does a classification of simultaneous conjugacy classes in a product of symmetric groups exist?

Let the symmetric group $S_n$ on $n$ letters act on $S_n^d=S_n\times\cdots\times S_n$ by simultaneous conjugation, i.e. $\pi\in S_n$ acts on $(\sigma_1,\ldots,\sigma_d)\in S_n^d$ by ...
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Are all marked order polytopes normal?

Richard Stanley showed that order polytopes have a unimodlar ttriangulation. In particular, this implies that they are integrally closed/normal. One can generalize order polytopes to marked order ...
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Name for series $\sum f_n x^n / (n! (n+k)!)$

Let $(f_n)_{n\ge0}$ be a real sequence. Then $\sum f_n {x^n \over n!}$ is called the exponential generating function of $(f_n)$. Let $k\ge0$ be a nonnegative integer. If we add another factorial ...
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What is the minimal $C_k$, such that every $f\colon \{-1,1\}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ of degree at most $k$ satisfies $\|f\|_2\le C_k\|f\|_1$

Every $f\colon\{-1,1\}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ can be repsenented as a multilinean polynomial of the form $$f(x_1,x_2,\ldots ,x_n)=\sum _{S\subseteq [n]} \hat{f}(S)\prod_{i\in S} x_i $$ The degree of the ...
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current status of combinatorial optimization solvers [closed]

What is the current status of the solvers in combinatorial optimization? For example, what is the "usual feasible size" for a traveller sale's man problem, say, how many nodes and edges are "usually ...
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Choosing subsets to cover larger sets

Consider the set $S=\{1,2,\ldots, n\}$, and let $a<b<n$. What is the minimum number $f(a,b)$ such that there exist $f(a,b)$ subsets of $S$ of size $a$ for which any subset of $S$ of size $b$ ...
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Average vertex degree in finite Delaunay triangulations in high dimensions

In $\mathbb{R}^2$ it's known that with a "random" point configuration, the average degree of a vertex in its Delaunay triangulation is 6. Does anyone know of a similar result in higher dimension? I ...
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Probability of a contiguous sub-sequence with different elements

Let $a$ and $b$ be two positive integers, and say $b\gg a$. Let $S$ be a random sequence with $ab$ elements, whose entries are all integers from $1$ to $a$, such that each number from $1$ to $a$ ...
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Coloring of the plane

I would like to know the minimum number k such that the plane R^2 can be coloured with k colors such that no colour contain all the possible distances. In other words, a colouring such that each color ...
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Some polytopes in $\mathbb R^n$ whose vertices have coordinates 1, -1 or 0

Let $n$ and $k$ be positive integers with $k\leq n$. Let $P(n,k)$ be the convex hull in $\mathbb R^n$ of the $2^k {n \choose k}$ vectors whose exactly $k$ coordinates belong to $\{\pm 1\}$ all the ...
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Evaluation of the multiple integral [closed]

Would you give me any suggestions or comments on evaluating the following $n$-dimensional integral? $$ \int_{[0,t]^n} h(x) dx $$ where $ x=(x_1 ,x_2 , \cdots, x_n ), h(x)= \prod_{k=1}^n min( ...
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Computing basis of a lower set given basis of complementary upper set

In a poset $P$, $U\subseteq P$ is an upper set when for all $x\in U$, we have $y\ge x$ implies $y\in U$. Any subset of $P$ generates an upper set, and the basis of an upper set $U$ is the smallest ...
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Counting strings with alternating letters with generating functions

It is a classical problem that of finding the generating function (GF) of the number of strings with length $n$ having $m$ different letters (basically, the problem reduces to that of writing the ...
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Counting Problems where Labeled is Known but Unlabeled is Not

Cayley's formula states that the number of labeled trees on $n$ vertices is $n^{n-2}$. There are many nice proofs of this compact formula. To contrast, counting unlabeled trees is considerably ...
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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 ...