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### Factorial Sums over Compositions or ``Unlabeled Permutations"

Let $C_n$ denote subset of integer compositions of $n$ and $c=(c_1,c_2,\dots c_n)$
In a divergent sum, the sequence
$$
a_n=\sum_{c\in C_n} \prod_{c_i\in c} c_i!
$$
frequently shows up and one ...

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### Proof equation is of O(log(n)) [on hold]

I am following a course of CS and we are getting Big Oh Notation ( discrete math)
We have to proof certain equations are of O(n^2) etc
I can solve easy equations like 3N + 4 and (n +1)^2 = o(n^2).
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### Generating function of a sequence involving reciprocals of binomial coefficients

Question: Is there a closed-form expression for the following sum
$$
F(z,k,r)=\sum_{n=0}^{r} \frac{z^n}{{n+k} \choose {k}}\label{sum}\tag{1}
$$
where $z\in\mathbb{C}$, and $r$, $k$ are non-negative ...

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### Summing up costs over a Markov chain

I apologize in advance if this question is too simplistic to be appropriate for MathOverflow. I have inquired in multiple places but have found little to indicate that this is a previously studied ...

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### Above/below directed graph on cells of arrangement of lines

This question concerns the structure of a directed graph
built on the cells of an arrangement of lines.
My basic question is whether this graph has been
studied before, perhaps in another guise. I ...

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### Finding optimal set of permutations [closed]

I have the following data set of a human population. The data set captures households and relationships of the persons living in those households. My problem is how to group the individuals into ...

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### What is the maximal number of partitions with this maximal intersection property?

Let $X = \{ 1, \dots, n = sk \}$ be a finite set. Let $\mathscr P, \mathscr Q$ be equi-partitions of $X$ into $k$ sets of size $s$. Denote by $V(\mathscr P, \mathscr Q)$ the maximum size of ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### What kinds of complexes can be collapsed to?

A simplicial complex $S$ is collapsible if there is a sequence of elementary collapses that bring $S$ down to a single point; I'll denote this as $S \searrow \{pt\}$. I am wondering about a similar ...

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### Diameter of the modified bubble-sort graph

The modified bubble-sort graph is the Cayley graph $Cay(S_n,S)$ of $S_n$ generated by $n$ cyclically adjacent transpositions. Thus $S = \{ (1,2),(2,3),\ldots,(n,1)\}$. I was wondering whether the ...

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### Is this (funny) combinatorial optimization problem NP-hard ? (cutting numbers and placing them in urns)

The parameters of the problem are $m$ numbers which are integers (these numbers are denoted $b_i$), $n$ urns and in each urn, we can place $C$ numbers. We assume $nC \geq m$ so that the problem is ...

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### Decomposition of a regular graph and connected subgraphs

I have asked almost same question earlier. I have been told that my question was poorly written, so I am trying to write it more clearly in this post. Also, this time I would be a little different in ...

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### Gradient of Probability Distribution

Given a random walk on a lattice $L$ (not necessarily centered - we allow $E[X_i] \neq 0$ for the i.i.d. increments $X_i$), let $p_t(x)$ denote the probability measure of state $x \in L$ after $t$ ...

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### Modification of matching

Suppose i have an $n \times n$ random bipartite graph and suppose that i repeat the following process $n$ times. At the start (stage 1) each edge is selected independently with probability $p(n)$, and ...

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### Recursive sequence of binomial random variables

Fix $p>0$ and define a recursive sequence of random variables with $X_1 =1$ and
$$X_{k+1} = X_k + \text{Bin}(X_k,p).$$
Thus, $\mathbf E [ X_k ] = (1+p)^k$.
I would like a left tail bound. Perhaps, ...

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### “Standard” notation for symmetric functions?

Here is what I encountered in the paper "The Optimal Lattice Quantizer in Three dimensions" by Barnes and Sloane.
Here is the setup:
Let $\Lambda$ be a lattice in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Around each ...

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### Do random triangulation edge-flips maintain randomness?

Let $S$ be a fixed set of $n$ points in the plane in general position.
Let $T$ be a triangulation
of $S$, (somehow) selected
uniformly at random from all triangulations of $S$.
(There are an ...

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### Choosing k pairs l distance apart from n numbers

I need to choose $k$ pairs of numbers out of first $n$ natural numbers such that the elements in each pair are $l$ distance apart. For example, if $n = 10, k = 3$ and $l = 2$, $\{(1,3),(4,6),(7,9)\}$ ...

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### What exactly is wrong with this statement (Lucas-Penrose fallacy)? [closed]

Statement
"For every computer system, there is a sentence which is undecidable for the computer, but the human sees that it is true, therefore proving the sentence via some non-algorithmic method."
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### The most number of points that realize only $k$ distinct distances

For $k \ge 1$, let $f_d(k)$ be the largest possible number of points $p_i$
in $\mathbb{R}^d$ that determine at most $k$ distinct (Euclidean) distances,
$\|p_i-p_j\|$.
Example. For points in the plane ...

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### Bit String Bijection

I am searching for a bijection between two types of bit strings (strings of 0's and 1's) both of even length (2n).
The restriction on the first type of bit string is that they must have the same ...

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### Enumerating Lattice points

Let $A \in \mathbb{R}^{d\times d}$ be an invertible matrix. Consider the set
$$P_d := A\mathbb{Z}^d = \{A x| x \in \mathbb{Z}^d \} \subset \mathbb{R}^d$$.
and
$$ Q_d := [-1,1]^d.$$
I am interest in ...

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### Presentation of the Rybnikov matroid

In this well celebrated work Gregory Rybnikov exhibit an example of two arrangements with the same underlying matroid, but with fundamental groups which are not isomorphic. This is a key ...

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### Minimum of squared sum minus sum of squares

I know that
$$
\min_{\|x\|_2=1=\|y\|_2} \left(\sum_{k=1}^nx_ky_k\right)^2-\sum_{k=1}^nx_k^2y_k^2 \geq -1/2
$$
with equality whenever $|x_k|=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}=|y_k|$ for two coordinates.
I'm ...

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### Estimates for derivatives of a positive discrete harmonic function

There is the following estimation (Duffin, Discrete potential theory, Theorem 5):
Let $f$ be a discrete harmonic function in a sphere of radius $R$ with the center $p$, all in $\mathbb Z^3$. Then, if ...

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### A weaker version of Randell Isotopy Theorem

I am studying a problem in hyperplane arrangement theory related to the homotopy type of the complement manifold of a certain class of hyperplane arrangements.
In a well celebrated paper Richard ...

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### A Question about Palindromic Numbers and System of Arithmetic Progression

Based from Harminc and Sotak's result, www.fq.math.ca/Scanned/36-3/harminc.pdf
We know that under certain condition, an arithmetic progression can contain an infinitely many palindromes.
My question ...

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### Simplifying closed form for Meta Operator

I was consider the set of linear operators:
$$O_{a,k} = \frac{f(ax^k) - f(x)}{ax^k - x} $$'
Particularly I am looking for the closed forms of the eigenfunctions of this operator, that is the ...

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### Finite-space dynamical systems

This question is quite open-ended, but I will formulate several sub-questions that I'll try to make precise. It is about finite-state dynamical system: start with a finite set $X$, with say $n$ ...

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### Three-halves-free words (analogous to square-free)

A square-free word
is a string of symbols (a "word") that avoids the pattern $XX$, where $X$ is any
consecutive sequence of symbols in the string.
For alphabets of two symbols, the longest square-free ...

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### On a problem about $GF(2)^n$

For $A\subseteq {\mathbb F}_2^n$ let
$$
Q(A)=\{\alpha+\beta\mid \alpha,\beta \in A,\ \alpha\neq\beta \}.
$$
I want to prove or disprove that if $|A|=2^k+1$ for some integer $k$, then
$$
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### On the stability analysis of a discrete difference system with multiplicative noise

If we assume that
\begin{equation*}
\rho \{\phi \otimes \phi+\psi \otimes \psi\}<1
\end{equation*}
where $\rho$ denotes the spectral radius, then can we verify the following inequality holds
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### A set of integers whose factorial can be written as a product of two factorials

I am trying to collect informations concerning the set
$$\mathcal{A}=\left\{n\in\mathbb{N} \mid (\exists k,l\in\{2,3,\dots,n-2\})(n!=k!l!)\right\}.$$
It seems not much is known about the set ...

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### Optimal shape for stabbing balls in $\mathbb{R}^3$

I have radius $r < \frac{1}{2}$ congruent balls with centers randomly distributed uniformly within a region,
say, within a unit-radius sphere $S$.
I shoot a ray/path through $S$, hoping to ...

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### Number of semi-standard tableau

What is the number of semi-standard tableau (weakly increasing on rows and strictly increasing on columns) for the partition $2n=n+n$ with entries $\{1,2, \cdots ,n\}$ such that each $i$ appears ...

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### Number of squares in a grid under certain conditions

Consider an $(n+1)\times (n+1)$ grid of lattice points in the plane.
$A(n):$ # of squares with vertices on the grid.
It's relatively well-known that $A(n)=\frac{n(n+1)^2(n+2)}{12}$. Now, $A(n) = ...

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### Complex lines arrangements from a given wiring diagram

I'm working on some presentation of the fundamental group of the complement of a complex lines arrangement in $\mathbb{C}^{2}.$ In particular, in Arvola's article
"The fundamental group of the ...

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### Braid wiring diagrams and matroids

recently I started reading some articles about the presentation of the fundamental group of lines arrangements in $\mathbb{C}^{2}$ via Wiring diagrams.
I also found some relation with matroid theory. ...

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### Minimally intersecting subsets of fixed size

The question I have, is how to generate the following collection of subsets:
Given a set $S$ of size $n$. I want to find a sequence of $k$ subsets of fixed size $m$, $0<m<n$, such that at each ...

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### Prime labelling of graphs

A prime labeling of a graph is an injective function $f: V(G) \to \{1, 2, ..., |V(G)|\}$
such that for every pair of adjacent vertices $u$ and $v$, $\text{gcd}(f(u), f(v)) = 1$ (labels of any two ...

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### Minimal “sumset basis” in the discrete linear space $\mathbb F_2^n$

For a set $C\subseteq \mathbb F_2^n$, let $2C=C+C:=\{\alpha+\beta\colon \alpha,\beta\in C\}$.
I want to find $C$ of the smallest possible size such that $2C=\mathbb F_2^n$. Let $m(n)$ be the size of a ...

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### Number of median graphs?

What is the number of $n$-vertex median graphs? These graphs generalize hypercubes and trees, and have many applications. It seems unlikely that a closed form expression is known, so I would also be ...

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### A perfect $(n,k)$ shuffle function

Suppose you have a deck of $n$ cards; e.g., $n{=}12$:
$$
(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12) \;.
$$
Cut the deck into $k$ equal-sized pieces, where $k|n$;
e.g., for $k{=}4$, the $12$ cards are partitioned ...

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### Checking if a multiplication table represents a group [duplicate]

Given an $n \times n$ multiplication table,
can one check if it represents a group in $o(n^3)$ time?
All properties can be checked by mindless try-all possibilities loops:
Whether there is an ...

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### A continuous function for defining unique values to a 1024x1024 image with a 24 bit 3 color channel image

I need to generate a color map which I am not sure exist. I have a 1024x1024 image which would contain 2^20 pixels. I have 3 color channels which each have 8 bits which would leave us with 2^24 ...

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### A variation on Bulgarian solitare

It appears that a variation on Bulgarian solitare has a fixed point regardless
of the starting $n$.
For example, let $n=69$, and consider this partition:
$$
(8,8,7,7,5,5,5,5,5,4,3,3,2,2)
$$
In ...

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### Probability of k overlapping subsets in N trials

Ok, here is what I am attempting to find an answer to:
I draw M uniformly random subsets of size K from the set of numbers $\Omega=\{1, \dots, N\}$ (where uniformly random means that each unique ...

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### Cross-correlation of two functions which are not fixed

I am trying to cross-correlate two functions, but one of which is changing each 'step' of the cross-correlation.
I want to cross-correlate T(f) and ...