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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Mean of a vector

Be a set of numbers $v=(a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n)$ I want to form the following average vector $\mu = (\frac{\sum a_i}{n}, \frac{\sum a_i}{n}, \ldots, \frac{\sum a_i}{n})$. If I do it iteratively step ...
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Families of Sets with Two Intersection Numbers

Let $k$ and $n$ be natural numbers. Let $I$ be a set of natural numbers. Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a family of $k$-element subsets of $\{ 1, \ldots, n\}$ such that $A, B \in \mathcal{F}$, $A \neq B$, ...
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Diagonal asymptotics of integer compositions

A (weak) composition of a positive integer $n$ into $k$ parts is an ordered sequence of nonnegative integers $(a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_k)$ such that $ \sum_{i=1}^k a_i = n $. I am interested in the case ...
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What is a “Ramanujan Graph”?

I noticed an apparent conflict in the definition in literature about what is a "Ramanujan graph, which I was wondering if someone could kindly clarify. (1) The Hoory-Linial-Wigderson review on ...
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Number of elements of “$\mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{F}_p^\times)$” mod $p$

How many elements of $\mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{F}_p)$ have all nonzero entries? Just the answer mod $p$ would be fine as well. This seems like it should be easy/in the literature but I couldn't find it.
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Simplest form for sum of Binomial Expressions

How difficult is the problem of reducing the number of terms in a sum of binomial expressions? Formally: Given $a_1, a_2, a_3, … a_n$, and $b_1, b_2, b_3, ... , b_n$, where $a_i, b_i \in \mathbb{Z}$, ...
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Are there non-trivial graphs that uniquely embed to hypercubes?

The $n$-dimensional hypercube is the graph formed by $0$-$1$ sequences of length $n$ where two vertices are adjacent if they differ at only one place. The weight of a sequence is the number of $1$'s ...
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Generalization of Sylvester-Gallai theorem

The Sylvester-Gallai theorem states that it is not possible to arrange a finite number of points so that a line through every two of them passes through a third unless they are all on a single ...
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For any two noncrossing partitions $p, q$ of $n$, is the graph of geodesics from $p$ to $q$ in $NC(n)$ connected?

Let $NC(n)$ denote the lattice of noncrossing partitions of $n$, and let $G$ denote the Hasse diagram of $NC(n)$ with respect to covering relations, viewed as an undirected graph. I'm interested in ...
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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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Maximum connected components $0-1$ matrix

Let the notion of connected matrix be as in here Connected components $0-1$ matrices Here a matrix has one component means we can traverse from a matrix entry $(i,j)$ which is $1$ to any other one by ...
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How many k-subsets of the integers {1,…,n} sum to N?

Given the set of integers $S = \{1,..n\}$, how many subsets of $S$ with $k$ elements sum to $N\in \mathbb Z$?
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Removing subtrees

Let $T$ be a complete infinite rooted binary tree. Is it possible to remove (infinitely many) subtrees of $T$ and get a subgraph $G$ such that: $G$ has no complete subtrees (the graph below any ...
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Connected components $0-1$ matrices

Let $M$ be a $0-1$ matrix. Here a matrix has one component means we can traverse from a matrix entry $(i,j)$ which is $1$ to any other one by moving step of $(i\pm1,j),(i,j\pm1),(i\pm1,j\pm1)$ where ...
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What are the Applications of Hypergraphs

Hypergraphs are like simple graphs, except that instead of having edges that only connect 2 vertices, their edges are sets of any number of vertices. This happens to mean that all graphs are just a ...
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Combinations Question about the construction of some special sets [on hold]

Let n and k be two given numbers. The goal is to choose n subsets from {1,2,…,n} such that the union of any k of these subsets is the set {1,2,…,n} and the union of any m < k of ...
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Open problems in compressed sensing

What are the main open problems in compressed sensing? I am interested in theoretical as well as in numerical point of view.
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A polytope with a bound on the sum of any $k$ variables

Let $2\le k\le n-1$ and define the polytope $$P_k(n) = \lbrace (x_1,\ldots,x_n) \in \mathbb{R}^n : -1\le x_{i_1}+\cdots +x_{i_k} \le 1 \text{ for all } 1\le i_1\lt\cdots\lt i_k\le n\rbrace.$$ There ...
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Maximize combinatorial sum for boolean function

I am trying to maximize the function $$ S(f)=\sum_{j=0}^{n-\frac{n-1}{t}}(-1)^j{n-\frac{n-1}{t}\choose{j}}\sum_{i=0}^{\frac{n-1}{t}}(-1)^{f(i-j)}(t-1)^i{\frac{n-1}{t}\choose{i}} $$ for a function ...
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Conjecture on maximum of symmetric combinatoric function

A curious symmetric function crossed my way in some quantum mechanics calculations, and I'm interested its maximum value (for which I do have a conjecture). (The question was first asked at math.SE, ...
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On matrix rank inequality

Let $A$ be a $\{0,1\}$ square matrix. Let $J$ be all $1$ matrix. Let $\bar{A}=J-A$. Is it possible for $rk_+(A)\geq c\cdot rk_+(\bar{A})^d-1$ and $rk_+(\bar{A})\geq c\cdot rk_+({A})^d-1$ for some ...
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Reconstruction Conjecture holds for Directed Acyclic Graphs?

Wikipedia's article on the Reconstruction Conjecture mentions that the conjecture is false for digraphs, and refers to two papers by Stockmeyer. As far as I can see, none of the counter-examples in ...
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Hopf structures on “pictorial” descriptions of permutations

There is a well-known Hopf structure on permutations, due to Malvenuto and Reutenauer. Here, the F basis elements are permutations in one-line notation, the product of two permutations is their ...
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Reducing enumeration of reduced words in general Coxeter groups to another #P-complete problem

There is a polynomial time algorithm that takes as inputs a Coxeter system $(W,S)$ with $S$ finite (but with $W$ not necessarily finite), say encoded as a Coxeter matrix, as well as two reduced words ...
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Rooks in three dimensions

Given is an infinite 3-dim chess board and a black king. What is the minimum number of white rooks necessary that can guarantee a checkmate in a finite number of moves? (In 3-dimensional chess rooks ...
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Balanced binary code that “resists” local decoding?

I am looking for a construction that can be stated as the following coding problem: a binary code with good distance ($d = \Omega(n)$ where codeword length is $n$) that "resists local decoding" in the ...
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Does the weak Hadwiger conjecture imply the Hadwiger conjecture?

For any cardinal $\kappa$, let $K_\kappa$ denote the complete graph on $\kappa$. We consider the following statements: (H) If $G$ is a graph and $\chi(G) = \kappa$ then $K_\kappa$ is a minor of $G$. ...
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On a positivity property of Hall-Littlewood polynomials

Here's the new, more thought through version. Consider a sequence of nonnegative integers $\lambda=(\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_n)$ with $\lambda_i\ge \lambda_{i+1}+2$ (the weight $\lambda-2\rho$ is ...
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Numbers with all N-digit prefixes divisible by N

In base 10, the number 3816547290 contains every digit exactly once. When I take the first N digits, that substring is divisible by N. For example, 381 is divisible by 3, 38165 is divisible by 5, etc. ...
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Dehn-Sommerville relations for $\Delta$-complexes

Let $M$ be a closed, triangulated manifold of dimension $m$ and $K(M)$ be its triangulation. Let $f_i$ denote the number of $i$-simplices of $K(M)$. As proved by Klee the face numbers satisfy the ...
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The twisted kiss of the curvaceous cubic and the staid tetrahedron (references)

(Migrated from MSE) While investigating some operators, I came across some relations between the twisted cubic curve and the tetrahedron that link together some notions in differential geometry, ...
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Number of different normalized inner products

Let $u,v\in\{0,1\}^n$ be $0-1$ vectors with $n$ components. Let $I=\langle u,v \rangle$. Clearly $I$ can take values in $\{0,1,\dots,n-1,n\}$. How many different values can $$I'=\frac{\langle u,v ...
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How to prove that the following double sum is always an integer?

I have verified the following double sum is always an integer for $s$ up to $1000$ via Maple. But I can not prove it. Proofs, hints, or references are all welcome. Thanks! ...
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What is the number of equitriangulations of the n-cube?

I wonder if this question has been considered before and if anything is known. My search attempts have failed so far. Let's consider the n-dimesnional cube, $[0,1]^n$, and let's call a simplex with ...
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Endomorphisms and almost all graphs

Is it known what fraction (almost all?) of graphs have a trivial endomorphism monoid? I can't seem to find any reference to the question. Maybe it's related to the question: what fraction of graphs ...
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Regular unimodular triangulation for a certain simplex

Consider an $n$-simplex with vertices given by $(0,0,\dots,r_i,r_{i+1},\dots,r_n)$ where $r_1,\dots,r_n$ are given natural numbers, and $i=0,1,\dots,n+1$. Does this simplex admit a regular, ...
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Generalization of Bracketing (or one of its many equivalences)

I asked the following question on MathStackExchange, but I have not received any answers after almost 3 days. Although it may not be a research level question, I thought I could ask it here. *"Is ...
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Probability of a Random Walk crossing a straight line

Let $(S_n)\_{n=1}^{\infty}$ be a standard random walk with $S_n = \sum_{i=1}^n X_i$ and $\mathbb{P}(X_i = \pm 1) = \frac{1}{2}$. Let $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ be some constant. I would like to know the ...
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Coloring the edges of a torus graph

Question:Consider the $2k \times 2k$ grid graph on a torus. Is it true that for every $2$-coloring of the edges, there is an antipodal pair of vertices connected by a path that changes colors at most ...
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Determining the number of hamiltonian paths of $K_n-C_n$

I would like to know information regarding the function $h(n)$ where $h(n)$ is the number of hamiltonian cycles the graph $K_n$ has after removing the edges that make up a hamiltonian cycle of $K_n$. ...
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Partitions of $\mathbb{R}^+$ into subset closed by sum and product

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be a "non trivial" solution of the Cauchy functional equation, i.e. $f$ is not of the form $f(x)=cx$ for any $c\in\mathbb{R}$ and satisfies the relation ...
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Lots of combinatorial interpretations of Catalan numbers

During a lecture I gave on Catalan numbers, I pointed out that that it is possible to give a continuum number of combinatorial interpretations of these numbers. See the solution to (f$^5$) on page 54 ...
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Edge density of triangle-free graphs

Let $G$ be a finite, simple, loopless graph with $|V(G)|=n$. We define its edge density as $$ed(G) := \frac{|E(G)|}{n \choose 2}.$$ Moreover we set $$d_n := \text{max}\big\{ed(G): G \text{ is a ...
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Is there an analogue of the Hive model for Littlewood-Richardson coefficients of types $B$, $C$ and $D$?

If $V_\lambda$, $V_\mu$ and $V_\nu$ are irreducible representations of $GL_n$, the Littlewood-Richardson coefficient $c_{\lambda\mu}^\nu$ denotes the multiplicity of $V_\nu$ in the direct sum ...
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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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Matroids relaxations of a given matroid

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be a rank-$d$ matroid on $[n]$. Say a matroid $\mathcal{N}$ is a relaxation of $\mathcal{M}$ if $\mathrm{rank}(\mathcal{N})=d$, $\mathrm{groundset}(\mathcal{N})=[n]$, and every ...
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Universal graph homomorphisms

By a graph I mean a pair $G = (V, E)$ where $V$ is a set and $E \subseteq \mathcal{P}_2(V) := \{\{a,b\}: a\neq b \in V\}$. A graph homomorphism between graphs $G, H$ is a map $f:V(G)\to V(H)$ such ...
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Marked chain polytope, has this been studied?

Fix $n$ and consider the polytope given by the inequalities $$x_i\leq x_j, \text{ and } 0 \leq x_i \leq a_i \text{ for all } 1\leq i<j \leq n,$$ where $a_i \leq a_i\leq \dots \leq a_n$ are fixed ...
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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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