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A generalized urn-ball matching problem; Complicated combinatoric/probabilistic limit

I'm looking for a generalization to the urn-ball matching problem. As a reminder of what I've got in mind, here's the simple version: Randomly assign (with replacement) $N$ balls to $M$ urns. ...
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Lower bound the ratio of the combinatorial quantities

Suppose $p < q$, $s = p^{d}$ for some fixed $d \in (0,1)$, let $p$ goes to infinity, define the following quantity, \begin{aligned} \quad f(j) = \sum_{i = 0}^{\min(j,s)}{s \choose i}{p-s \choose ...
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Lattice n-gons with ordered side lengths 1,2,3,…,n

Consider the octagon in the Cartesian plane with vertices at (0,0), (1,0), (1,2), (4,2), (4,6), (7,2), (7,8), and (0,8). Are there other (infinitely many) polygons, such as this, lying entirely in ...
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sum over all integer partitions, of the product of the factorials of the terms

I'm looking for something making tractable the sum, over all partitions into k terms of an integer n, of the product of the factorials of all the terms. Thanks,
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Coin problem with permutations

Let $a,b,c$ be positive integers with gcd$(a,b,c)=1$, and let $\mathbb{N}$ denote the set of nonnegative integers. It is well known that $\mathbb{N} \setminus (a \mathbb{N}+b \mathbb{N} + c ...
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Average minimum number of random k-sparse vectors in GF(2) to span the whole space?

What is the average minimum required number of independent $k$-sparse (having at most $k$ non-zero elements) random vectors belonging to $\mathbb{F}_2^n$ to span the whole space of $\mathbb{F}_2^n$? ...
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A simplified Art Gallery Problem in a matrix

Let's take a $m \times n$ matrix as an area with $m \times n$ blocks (likes a 2D-version of the world in Minecraft). We have to put some lamps in this matrix to illuminate the whole matrix. Here is ...
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connectedness of semi algebraic sets

We know the inequalities $x_ix_j >\theta_{ij}$ or $x_ix_j<\theta_{ij}$ for some $\theta_{ij}$>0, some $i,j\in\{1,\cdots,n\}$, $i\neq j$ defines the easiest semi algebraic set in $R^n_{\geq 0}$, ...
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Obstructions for embedding a graph on a surface of genus g

Kuratowski's theorem tells us the complete graph $K_5$ and the bipartite graph $K_{3,3}$ are the only obstructions to a graph being planar, ie embeddable in the plane with no edge-crossings. Is ...
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The Simultaneous Conjugacy Problem in the symmetric group $S_N$

We are interested in the following notions in the case $G=S_N$, the symmetric group on $\{1,\dots,N\}$. Fix a group $G$ and a number $d$. For $(g_1,\dots,g_d)\in G^d$ and $x\in G$, define ...
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Periodic orbits and polynomials

There are two simple and classic enumerations that still I'm puzzled about. Let's start with a simple counting problem from a well-known dynamical system. fact 1 Consider the "tent map" ...
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Upper Bound for the Difference of Even Probability and Odd Probability in Hypergeometric Distribution

Let $X$ be a random variable following the hypergeometric distribution with parameters $N,K,n$, where \begin{equation} Pr(X=k) = \frac{\binom{K}{k}\binom{N-K}{n-k}}{\binom{N}{n}}. \end{equation} To ...
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Densest Graphs with Unique Perfect Matching

Given a graph $G$ with $n$ vertices, that has a perfect matching $M$, what is the maximal number of edges that $G$ can have without contradicting the uniqueness of $M$? Are examples of such extremal ...
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Self-containing trees

Suppose that $r^2-r-1=0$ and that $T$ is the tree with root $1$ such that the children of each node $x$ are $rx$ and $x+1$. Remove all duplicates as they occur, and let $T(r)$ denote the remaining ...
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Alternative parallel paths

There are $n$ non-intersecting strings (with ends $x_1,\dots, x_n$ and $y_1,\dots, y_n$). An additional string intersects the first $n$ strings somehow. All the intersections are simple (vertices of ...
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Choosing two-colorable subgraph in a triangulation

Consider a planar graph $G$ which is a triangulation. Is it possible to find a two-colorable subgraph $H$ of $G$ which has a common edge with every face of $G$? It is known that it is not always ...
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First to note/document the relation between permutohedra and multiplicative inversion

The relation between the refined face numbers of the permutohedra and the formal series expansion of the reciprocal of a function (exponential generating function, formal Taylor series) is given in ...
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Number of eigenvalues of a Cayley graph

Let $G=Z_2^n$ and $S\subset G$. Is there any relation for number of distinct eigenvalues of $\Gamma=Cayley(G,S)$ graph depending on $n$ and $|S|$, or at least diameter of $\Gamma$? If you have any ...
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“Small” simplicial complex with torsion trees

I am giving an expository talk soon about Duval-Klivans-Martin's paper Simplicial Matrix Tree Theorems, and I've been struggling to find a good example to do at the board. An important aspect of the ...
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chromatic polynomial of G - Join graph

Given a connected graph $G$ with $n$ vertices and given set of $\{m_1,m_2,...,m_n\}$ $n$ integers, we form a new graph $G^{\wedge} $ by considering the complete graph $K_{m_i}$ for each vertex i and ...
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Encoding vectors of size $n$ in matrices which less than $2n$ rows

I have a set of vectors and each has $n$ nonnegative entries. Moreover, each entry of a vector has a quality: (1) or (2). It makes $2^n$ different possible patterns. For example, let's take two ...
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Unique factorization of posets

Given two finite posets $P$ and $Q$, we can form the direct product poset $P \times Q$ whose elements are pairs $(p,q) \in P \times Q$ with $(p,q) \leq (p',q')$ if $p \leq p'$ and $q \leq q'$. Let us ...
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Non-regular languages fulfilling the Pumping Lemma

Some non-regular languages don't yield to the Pumping Lemma ($L_1=a^nb^mc^m$ should work). But now consider the set of non-regular languages L only over the alphabet {a}. (Like $L_2=a^{n^2}$ or ...
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Reference for a local density theorem for binary vectors

I have the following theorem written on my whiteboard, but have misplaced the reference. I believe the probabilistic method may be involved in the proof. Any pointers appreciated. Theorem Let ...
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One more strengthening of Frankl's conjecture

If I'm not wrong, it is easy to prove the following statements : 1° For every natural number $k$, every union-closed family that has at least $2$ members with cardinality $\geq k$ has at least $2$ ...
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How long does the slow inefficient algorithm for computing the product in classical Laver tables take?

Let $(A_{n},*)$ denote the $n$-th classical Laver table. Let $X_{n}$ be the set of all finite sequences of elements from $A_{n}$. Define a function $E_{n}:X_{n}\rightarrow X_{n}$ by letting ...
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Ordered cross ratios for the uniform matroid

At the moment I am studying a proof by Gel'fand, Rybnikov and Stone (Theorem 4 in the paper "Projective Orientations of Matroids"). To be more precise, I am try ing to describe a new presentation by ...
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Number of linearly independent subsets in arbitrary set

Consider $n$-dimensional vector space $\mathbb{F}_p^n$ over finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$ and a function $a: \mathbb{F}_p^n\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$. Let $$ F(a) = \sum_{\substack{S\subset \mathbb{F}_p^n ...
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Checking if two graphs have the same universal cover

It's possible I just haven't thought hard enough about this, but I've been working at it off and on for a day or two and getting nowhere. You can define a notion of "covering graph" in graph theory, ...
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What is the number of self-inverse permutations on a set of cardinality $N$?

Given a function (aka 'permutation') $f:A \rightarrow A$, where $A$ is a finite set such that $|A| = N$, we call it a self-inverse if $f(f(x)) = x$. The sequence of how many such functions exist for ...
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Maximum number of $4$-cycles

Suppose we have a balanced bipartite planar maximum degree $k$ graph. How many such graphs on $2n$ vertices have at most $f(n)$ maximum number of $4$ cycles for a given function $f:\Bbb ...
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Applications of topology to discrete dynamical systems?

I'd like to know some of the applications of topology to discrete dynamics. By discrete dynamics I loosely mean studying maps between discrete sets. I mean cases where adding a topology to the sets ...
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Bipartite Graphs arising from two k-partitions of a given Graph

Let $G$ be an $n$-chromatic connected graph. Let $(V_1, V_2, \cdots, V_n)$ and $(U_1, U_2, \cdots, U_n)$ be two partitions of $V(G)$ corresponding to proper n-colorings of $G$. Consider the bipartite ...
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maximal sets of vertices that avoids a clique

I am looking for some known algorithm that finds, for a given graph, all the maximal sets of vertices that avoid a clique of some given size $k$. I'd prefer one written in MATLAB, but other languages ...
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A Zero-Multiplicity Problem Related to Foulkes' Conjecture

I'm a combinatorialist that is interested in estimating multiplicities of irreps of $1^{S_{kn}}_{S_k \wr S_n}$ (the action of symmetric group on uniform partitions). I'm aware of the difficulty (or ...
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linear recurrence inequality of positive terms

This is a follow up on my previous linear recurrence inequality question. I have some matrices which satisfy a linear recurrence formula of the form $$ A_{n+1} = \alpha A_{n} + \beta A_{n-1},\qquad ...
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Catalogs/numbers/constructions of non-isomorphic conference matrices

I am interested in complete catalogs of non-isomorphic conference matrices, similar to those of Hadamard matrices. Do such catalogs exist? If yes, then where could they be found, and what is an ...
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linear recurrence inequality

Given two real analytic functions, $g(x)$ and $f(x)$, on an open interval $I\subset \mathbb{R}$, it is obvious that $g(x) \leq f(x)$ does not imply $g_n \leq f_n$ (here $g_n = [x^n] g(x)$ denotes the ...
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More about self-complementary block designs

For what odd integers $n \geq 3$ does there exist a self-complementary $(2n,8n−4,4n−2,n,2n−2)$ balanced incomplete block design? By "self-complementary" I mean that the complement of each block is a ...
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Nearly Be Bruijn sequences constructed from De Bruijn sequences

Let $w$ be a De Bruijn $01$-sequence of the type $B(2,n)$; i.e., a cyclic $01$-sequence that contains every $n$-digit $01$-sequence exactly once. Let $x$ be a $01$-sequence of length $n$. When and ...
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Computing the ordinal of a rational language well-partially-ordered by the subword relation

Let $\Sigma$ be a finite set or "alphabet", $\Sigma^*$ the free monoid on $\Sigma$ or set of "words". If $w,w'\in \Sigma^*$, write $w\leq w'$ when $w$ is a "subword" of $w'$, i.e., can be obtained by ...
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Counting bounded genus non-isomorphic graphs

What is the number of non-isomorphic $2n$ vertex balanced bipartite graphs of degree at most $d$ and genus $g$? I am most interested in $d\leq3$ and $g=0$.
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Non-Cayley expander graphs

When I search about expander graphs in google I see a lot of articles about expander Cayley graphs. Now my questions are as follows: Are all expander regular graphs are Cayley, or there is a special ...
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Why do Bernoulli numbers arise everywhere?

I have seen Bernoulli numbers many times, and sometimes very surprisingly. They appear in my textbook on complex analysis, in algebraic topology, and of course, number theory. Things like the criteria ...
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Minimal number of blocks in a $(n,n/2,\lambda)$ block design

A $(n,n/2,\lambda)$ block-design is a family $A_1,...,A_K$ of subsets of $[n]$ such that $|A_i|=n/2$ and for every $1 \leq i < j \leq n$ it holds that $\#\{1 \leq k \leq K : i,j \in A_k \} = ...
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“Diagonalizing” Littlewood-Richardson coefficients

Let's consider the Littlewood-Richardson coefficients $c^{\lambda}_{\mu \nu}$ so that \begin{equation} V_\mu \otimes V_\nu = \bigoplus_\lambda V_\lambda^{\oplus c^{\lambda}_{\mu \nu}} \end{equation} ...
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Maximum size of a union of incomparable chains

The following question was asked on math.stackexchange, where it received no answers. http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1392669/maximum-size-of-a-union-of-incomparable-chains Let ...
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A way to smooth out the log* function?

I have seen here and there discussions about what is the "correct" way of extending the Ackermann function to the reals (the same way the Gamma function extends the factorial function to the reals). ...
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One-line proof of the Euler's reflection formula

A popular method of proving the formula is to use the infinite product representation of the gamma function. See ProofWiki for example. However, I'm interested in down-to-earth proof; e.g. using the ...
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Powers of two with coefficients {1,−1}

Given a vector $(n_0, n_1, \dots, n_l)$ where $n_i \in \{-1, 1\}$, $i = \overline{0, l-1}, n_l = 1$ and $l \in \mathbb{N}$. Prove that for all $a$ such that $$0 < a \leq 2^0\cdot n_0 + 2^1 \cdot ...