Enumerative combinatorics, graph theory, order theory, posets, matroids, designs and other discrete structures. It also includes algebraic, analytic and probabilistic combinatorics.

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The sum of a series, continued

In this question the OP asks whether the sum $$ f(q, \alpha) = \sum _{k=1}^{\infty } \frac{q^k \left(q^k-1\right)^\alpha}{(q;q)_k} $$ is ever zero. An experiment with Mathematica indicates, to any ...
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Probability of having no cycles of fixed length in $d$-regular graphs

According to this paper, the probability that a random $d$-regular graph of order $n$ has no cycles of length $c_1,c_2,\ldots,c_t$ is $$P=\exp\left(-\sum_{i=1}^t\mu_i+o(1)\right)$$ as ...
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Simple/efficient representation of Stirling numbers of the first kind

Stirling numbers of the second kind can be expressed by means of a simple hypergeometric (considering $n$ fixed) sum $$S_2(n,k) = \frac{1}{k!}\sum_{j=0}^{k}(-1)^{k-j}{k \choose j} j^n. \qquad (1)$$ ...
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undecidable sentences of first-order arithmetic whose truth values are unknown

Godel's undecidable sentences in first-order arithmetic were guaranteed to be true, by construction. But are there examples of specific sentences known to be undecidable in first-order arithmetic ...
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A lower bound for orthogonal partial circulant matrices

Let us call an $m$ by $n$ matrix with $m<n$ a partial circulant matrix it is the first $m$ rows of some square circulant matrix. Consider partial circulant matrices whose elements are either $-1$ ...
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What is the maximum size of a set system where the intersection of any two incomparable members is not in the set?

Let the set $\mathcal{F}$ consist of subsets of $[n]$. Suppose that for any incomparable $A$ and $B$ in $\mathcal{F}$, we have $A \cap B \notin \mathcal{F}$. What is the largest possible size of ...
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Current upper bound on length of addition chain

An addition chain for $n$ is a finite sequence of integers starting at 1 and ending at $n$, such that each element is a sum of two previous elements. A short addition chain for $n$ can be used, for ...
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Partitioning ${\cal P}([[1,n]])$

In an analysis of the Jacobi method for the computation of the spectrum of a Hermitian matrix, I face the following problem. Denote ${\cal P}_2(n)$ the set of doubletons $\{a,b\}$ in ...
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Simplifying a Taylor polynomial that involves Stirling numbers of the second kind

I am currently trying to evaluate a complicated function $f$ at a point $x+a$ using a high order Taylor polynomial about the point $a$. The polynomial has the standard form: $$\sum_{n=1}^k ...
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A question about certain sets of permutations of the ordered pairs $(1,1),(1,2),\cdots,(1,n),\cdots,(n,1),(n,2),\cdots,(n,n)$

Let $n>1$ be a given positive integer. For any $0\leq k\leq n^2$, let $A_k$ be the set of permutations $((i_1,j_1),(i_2,j_2),\cdots,(i_{n^2},j_{n^2}))$ of the ordered pairs ...
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Random RSK and Plancherel Measure

Let $(X_1,X_2,\ldots)$ be a sequence of i.i.d. random variables. It is known that if these random variables are distributed uniformly on the unit interval, then applying the RSK algorithm to this ...
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Method to construct a bipartite graph G' with 2n vertices from a graph G

I have seen mentioned in a talk an operation that takes a graph $G=(V,E)$ and constructs a new bipartite graph $G'=(V',E')$ such that $V' = V\times \{0,1\}$ and $E'=\{((i,1),(j,0)) : (i,j)\in E\} \cup ...
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How large is TREE(3)?

Friedman, in http://www.math.osu.edu/~friedman.8/pdf/EnormousInt112201.pdf, shows that TREE(3) is much larger than n(4), itself bounded below by $A^{A(187195)}(3)$ (where $A$ is the Ackerman ...
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Important formulas in Combinatorics

Motivation: The poster for the conference celebrating Noga Alon's 60th birthday, fifteen formulas describing some of Alon's work are presented. (See this post, for the poster, and cash prizes offered ...
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Properties of a specific antichain of a lattice formed by the cartesian product of finite ordered sets

Introduction Let $X$ be a poset of all $n$-tuples, $x = (x_1, x_2, ..., x_n)$, where $0 \leq x_i \leq m_i - 1$ for $i = 1, ..., n$ together with the relation $x \prec y$ defined so that for ...
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Are all marked order polytopes normal?

Richard Stanley showed that order polytopes have a unimoudlar triangulation. In particular, this implies that they are integrally closed/normal. One can generalize order polytopes to marked order ...
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Are polls good approximations [on hold]

Let $X$ be a finite set and $A\subseteq X$ and $m$ be a natural number satisfying $m\le |X|$ and $\epsilon$ be a small positive number. I'm interested to know if one selects a random $Y\subseteq X$ ...
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A generalization of coupon collector problem - $\geq1$ pick per experiment

Mix $T\geq1$ coupons numbered $1$ to $T$ with a set of $S\geq0$ number of dummy coupons with no numbers. Select $N\geq1$ coupons at each trial at random and put them back. $N=1$ is standard coupon ...
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Polynomials with positive coefficients passing through fixed points/range of Vandermonde matrices

I'll give two equivalent statements of the setup, then give my questions. Fix integers $M \leq N$ and define the Vandermonde-like matrix $V_{M,N}[i,j] = (1 - \frac{i}{M})^{j-1}$ for $i \in ...
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Order of products of elements in symmetric groups

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Is it true that for any $a, b, c \in \mathbb{N}$ satisfying $1 < a, b, c \leq n-2$ the symmetric group ${\rm S}_n$ has elements of order $a$ and $b$ whose product has order ...
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What does the generating function $x/(1 - e^{-x})$ count?

Let $x$ be a formal (or small, since the function is analytic) variable, and consider the power series $$ A(x) = \frac{x}{1 - e^{-x}} = \sum_{m=0}^\infty \left( -\sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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global sections of structure sheaf on the toric Calabi-Yau

Let P be a lattice polytope and lying in $ N \times {1} \subset N \times \mathbb{R}$. Let $\sigma$ be the cone over this polytope and $X_\sigma$ be the corresponding toric variety, which is an ...
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approximate diameter of polytopes in high dimensions

I just came across the following problem: Let us consider the unit corner of the n-cube $$ \Delta^n = \left\{(t_1,\cdots,t_n)\in\mathbb{R}^n\mid\sum_{i = 1}^{n}{t_i} \leq 1 \mbox{ and } t_i \ge 0 ...
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Repeats of all binary strings of length k

The question seems like it should be known, but I was not able to find it anywhere. How many binary strings of length $n$ are required so that for every $k$ positions in these strings, all $2^k$ ...
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No limit shape for random Young diagrams under z-measure?

In their paper Random partitions and the Gamma kernel (Advances in Mathematics 194 (2005) 141–202), Borodin and Olshanski state that: An important difference between the Plancherel measures and ...
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Rank changes with matrix edits

Assume we have rank $r$ real matrix $M\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ (not constrained to symmetric). Assume $W\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ is rank $1$ real matrix. Case $1$: $M+W\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$. Could ...
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partition of infinite word onto permitted words

Consider words over binary alphabet $\{0,1\}$. Let $M$ be a set of finite words such that $M$ contains at least $c\cdot 2^n$ words of length $n$ for all large enough $n$ (for a constant $c$, ...
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Number of Dyck paths with k returns and b peaks

The number of Dyck paths from the origin to $(2n,0)$ which touch the $x$-axis $k+2$ times ($k$ internal touches) is given by $$\frac{k}{2n-k}{2n-k \choose n}.$$ The number of Dyck paths from the ...
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The weighting function for the infinite product of necklaces

Let us consider the limit $\lim_{n\to \infty}\prod_{p=1}^n N(p,a)$ where $N(n,a)$ is the number of fixed necklaces of length $n$ composed of $a$ types of beads. Let's rewrite the product in a way ...
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What is the best lower bound for 3-sunflowers?

A collection of $t$ sets $A_i$ is called a t-sunflower if $A_i \cap A_j = Z $ for all $i \neq j$ for some fixed $Z$. A well-known conjecture of Erdos and Rado says that there is a constant $C_t$ such ...
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The coupon collector's earworm

[EDITED mostly to report on the answer by Kevin Costello (and to improve the gp code at the end)] I thank Nicolas Dupont for the following question (and for permission to disseminate it further): ...
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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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Finding combinatorial models / statistics

In many cases in combinatorics and especially algebraic combinatorics with some representation theory, the main problem is about finding the correct statistic on a mathematical object. For example, ...
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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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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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Conjugate vertices and distinguishing properties

Motivation (added) A finite $n$-set is uniquely described (up to isomorphism) by a single population number $n$. A finite $n$-set with $k$ predicates is uniquely described (up to isomorphism) by ...
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Nonattacking configurations of k bishops on an m by n rectangular board

The number of ways to place k bishops in a nonattacking configuration on an n by n square board is a well known result and can for example be found in ...
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What characteristic of a graph depend on the vertex labeling?

Different labeling on a graph produces class of isomorphic graphs. Two isomorphic graphs possess similar characteristic such as connectivity, degree distribution of vertices, equality of spectrum and ...
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Flower Arrangements [closed]

We have a $n\times m$ grid with $k$ flowers (not necessarily distinct). The grid is assumed to have horizontal and vertical symmetry. What is the value of $A(n,m,k)$, where $A(n,m,k)$ is the number of ...
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A Linear Order from AP Calculus

In teaching my calculus students about limits and function domination, we ran into the class of functions $$\Theta=\{x^\alpha (\ln{x})^\beta\}_{(\alpha,\beta)\in\mathbb{R}^2}$$ Suppose we say that ...
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“Edge Density” of Infinite Planar Graphs

Given an infinite planar graph $G$, let's denote by $\{H_1,H_2,\dots,H_m\}$ all the labeled graphs on $n$ vertices that appear as subgraphs of $G$. Also let $$d_n=\frac{\sum_{i=1}^m \#E(H_i)}{nm}$$ ...
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patitions of the number n [closed]

I'm having difficult with the following question : A. Show that the number of partitions of n where in each one of them the even numbers appears at most once equals to the number of partitions of n ...
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Is the face poset a Heyting algebra?

Is the face poset of a simplicial or nice enough cellular complex a Heyting algebra in some natural way? Edited to add: For the benefit of illustration, here's a few face posets: the boundary of a ...
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Congruences involving binary forms and primes of the form $x^2+y^2$

Let $a_s$ be \begin{align*} a_s=\sum_{k=0}^s{s+k\choose k}2^k, \end{align*} which is the coefficient of $x^s$ in \begin{align*} \frac{3-\sqrt{1-8x}}{2(x+1)\sqrt{1-8x}}. \end{align*} ( see ...
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Recursions which define polynomials?

Let $k$ be a positive integer and let $$h(n,k,q)=\frac{1-(1+q^{k})q^{2k(n-1)+1}+q^{2}}{1-q^{2n-1}}h(n-1,k,q)-\frac{(1-q^{k(2n-3)})(1-q^{2k(n-1)})q^2}{(1-q^{2n-1})(1-q^{2n-3})}h(n-2,k,q)$$ with ...
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Maximum number of vectors in a hypercube satisfying given conditions

$\mathcal{C}$ is a collection of binary vectors of length $n$, i.e. $\mathcal{C}\subseteq\{0,1\}^n$. For arbitrary $x,y,z\in\mathcal{C}$ and $x\neq z$, $y\neq z$, there always holds that the Euclidean ...
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A simplicial complex which is collapsible but there exist a subdivision of it does not [closed]

Does anyone know a simplicial complex which is collapsible but there exist a subdivision of it which does not?
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Arithmetic product of symmetric functions: why is it integral?

For every commutative ring $A$, let $\mathbf{Symm}_A$ be the ring of symmetric functions over $A$. Let $\mathbf{Symm}$ without a subscript denote $\mathbf{Symm}_{\mathbb{Z}}$. We can define a ...
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The factorial of -1, -2, -3, …

Well, n! is for integer n < 0 not defined -- as yet. So the question is: How could a sensible generalization of the factorial for negative integers look like? Clearly a good generalization should ...
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Injective subset function

Let $X$ be a non-empty set and let $F: X \to {\cal P}(X)$ be a function with the following property: for $A \subseteq X$ we have $|A| \leq |\bigcup F(A)|$. Does this imply that there is an ...