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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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### 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 ...

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### about the structure of components of tensor product if more than one bipartite graph is taken

I was reading about tensor product of graphs. We know that if we take tensor product of n graphs and want this product to be a connected graph then at most one graph should be bipartite. In the book ...

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### Longest of random worm-like paths in $\mathbb{Z}^2$

Imagine at each lattice point of $\mathbb{Z}^2$ within $[1,3n]^2$,
with coordinates
$\equiv 2 \bmod 3$,
we place, with equal probability, one of these six patterns:
The result ...

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### Is it easy to produce hard-to-color graphs?

This question arises from my recent visit to my daughter's second-grade class, where I led some discussion and activities on graph coloring (see Math for seven-year-olds). In one such activity, each ...

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### Find a common expression (parameterized by y = 1/2, 1 and 2) uniting three (rational) polynomials in k [closed]

I am seeking a common "simple" expression (preferably/presumably a sum of products of linear factors, or sum of products of low-degree factors) uniting the three polynomials (parameterized by ...

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### Calculate the discrete set of points B which are in the convex hull of the set of points A

This problem is likely best described with the following picture:
Given the discrete set of points $A$ (shown in blue), I wish to calculate the discrete set of points that are contained within the ...

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### A square-squareroot integer race sequence involving primes

I wonder what is the expected behavior of this process?
Let
$f^2_{\mathrm{next}}(n) =$ the next prime after $n^2$.
$g_{\mathrm{sqrt}}(n) = \lfloor \sqrt{n} \rfloor$.
Now iterate as ...

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### Generating random finite groups

I would like a method to efficiently generate a random finite group of a given order $n$.
If there are $g(n)$ non-isomorphic groups of order $n$,
ideally each group would occur with probability ...

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### Probability generating function zero implies random variable is infinite

Let $V$ be a random variable supported on the nonnegative integers (including $\infty$) and $f(x) = \mathbf E x^V$ be the probability generating function. In our model $V$ is the number of visits to ...

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### Is this a new formula? $\Delta^d x^n/d! = \sum_k \left[ x \atop k\right]{ k+n \brace x + d}(-1)^{x+k}$

$$\frac{\Delta^d x^n}{d!} = \sum_k \left[ x \atop k\right]{ k+n \brace x + d}(-1)^{x+k}$$
Where $x$, $n$ and $d$ are non-negative integers, $\Delta^d$ is the $d$-th difference with respect to ...

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### Family of sets with unique subsets

I am given a set $M\subseteq\{1,\dots,n\},\,|M|=m$ and a famliy of $k$-sets ($k<m$) $\mathcal{U}=\{U_1,\dots,U_p\},\,U_{i}\subset M$. For this family, I would like to check one of the following ...

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### Is there an unambiguous CFL whose complement is not context-free?

I'm doing a little bit of research about context-free languages. A question that's popped up is whether or not there exists an unambiguous context-free language whose complement is not a context-free ...

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### Is every graph the center of some other graph?

The center of a graph $G$ is the set of vertices that minimize the largest
distance to vertices in $G$, e.g., in the graph below, that radius is $4$:
Define the ...

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### Iteration of a 2D map involving absolute value: phase transition?

I was looking at this map: $f(x,y) \mapsto (|x-y|,x)$, starting from some point
with coordinates $(x,y) \in [0,1]^2$, and iterating:
$(x,y),\, f(x,y), \, f^2(x,y), \,f^3(x,y), \ldots$.
It displays ...

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### Subdividing toward a unit distance graph in the plane

I just want to ask, what is the significance of subdividing a graph toward a unit distance graph? I have seen several studies of it but I cannot find what its importance.
I mean, like the study of ...

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### How many 2L-bit numbers are the product of two L-bit numbers?

If I multiply two integers $x, y $ in $[0,2^L)$, I get an integer in $[0,2^{2L})$. Clearly, this map from $[0,2^L) \times [0,2^L) \to [0,2^{2L})$ is not bijective.
I am interested in the size of ...

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### Two questions from combinatorics on words

Question 1. Assume that an infinite word $u\in\{0,1\}^{\mathbb Z}$ is not balanced. Is it true that there exists a finite 0-1 word $w$ such that $0w01w1$ or $1w10w0$ is a factor of $u$? Is it true ...

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### Cardinality of intersection of a random subset with a fixed subset

How can I simply prove the following fact:
Let $A := \{1, \dots n \}$ and $B := \{1, \dots, \lfloor \frac{n}{4} \rfloor \}$. Let $d \in (0,1)$ and let $R$ be a randomly choosen (with uniform ...

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### Sequences with integral variances

This is a companion to my earlier question,
Sequences with integral means.
This new question is, frankly, not as interesting, but it feels necessary to complete
the thought.
Let $V(n)$ be the ...

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### Sequences with integral means

Let $S(n)$ be the sequence whose first element is $n$, and from then onward,
the next element is the smallest natural number ${\ge}1$ that ensures that the
mean of all the numbers in the sequence is ...