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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 ...
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Hidden points in polygons

Let $h(n)$ be the largest number of mutually invisible points that can be located in a polygon $P$ of $n$ vertices. Two points $x$ and $y$ are mutually invisible if the segment $xy$ contains a point ...
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a conjecture about a specific subset of $S_n$

Let $n>3$ be a positive integer.We denote the symmetric group of $n$ elements by $S_n$ and the identity mapping by $id$. For every $f\in S_n$, $f(1,2,\ldots,n)=(a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n)$, denote $a_n$ ...
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the “compact good array” in a “good $N^+$-cycle”

We use $N^+$ to denote the set of positive integers.For any finite array $A:(a_1,b_1),...,(a_k,b_k)$,where every $(a_i,b_i)\in N^+\times N^+$,we call $A$ is good if for every $i\in ...
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Computing the lexicographic indices of integer partition

If we order all the partitions of a integer in a lexicographic order, how can we compute the position of each partition in this order without having to explicitly list all other partitions that ...
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Indexing combinations with repetition

Let $\Sigma$ be a finite set of symbols with total order. Let $C_k$ be the set of all $k$-multiset (unordered collection of $k$ elements from $S$, with repetition allowed). We can order all the ...
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Transform $a\mathbf x+\mathbf b$, then make it $k$-sparse, resulting least modification?

Consider vector $\mathbf x = (x_1,x_2,\cdots,x_n)$, $a$ a scalar, $\mathbf b = (b_0,\cdots,b_0)$ and $k < n$. I want to transform $\mathbf x$ ($\mathbf y = a\mathbf x+\mathbf b$) such that if I ...
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Obtaining each set (hyperedge) in a set system (hypergraph) as a union of sets in a smaller set sytem

Let $V$ be a set and $E$ a set of subsets of $V$. I'd like to know the proper terminology for the following concept. Let me call it "generator". A generator is a set $F$ of subsets of $V$ such that ...
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Reference for partial Hadamard matrices

Definition. An $m\times n$ matrix is said to be a partial Hadamard matrix (let's say PHM) if its entries are chosen from $\lbrace -1, 1 \rbrace$ such that the dot product of each pair of row vectors ...
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Lattice basis reductions and finding minimal values

While reading several articles about lattice basis reduction I am left with a few questions. For one, I came across this piece of text Let $\alpha$ and $\beta \in \mathbb{R}$. Also let $X>0$ and ...
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Graph Theory and Subgraphs [closed]

Let T = (V , E) be a tree with |V | = n ≥ 2. How many distinct paths are there (as sub graphs) in T? I already have the answer to this question as (n/2). The problem that I'm having is finding ...
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Question on weights and minimal degree

Edit: question has been changed from 'lexicographic' (cf. "D K"'s answer below) to 'degree' minimality. Let $x_1,x_2,x_3$ be indeterminates. Fix an integer $k> 3$. Consider the set $M$ of all ...
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Integer solution to special system of linear equations

This problem appear in my research, but I am unable to solve it. There should be an easy argument, but I have not yet found it. Informal version An integer $k\geq 2$ is fixed. We are given a matrix ...
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How to determine the number of a cube within a bigger cube?

Hi all, I have a cube, sized 39 x 13 x 8. I need to find out how many of them can fit in a cube of 100 x 100 x 100. I need to find the highest number possible. Do you know of a way to do that ...
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On solution of a class of discrete-time Lyapunov equation

Hello members, let's consider the following equation $$X=F_{1}XF_{1}^{T}+...+F_{p}XF_{p}^{T}+C$$ where $p$ is an positive integer and $C$ is a known positive semidefinite matrix. If we augment ...
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On solution of a discrete-time equation

Hello, members. I have a problem for the following problem when I derive an optimization algorithm for stochastic singular systems $$S(k+1)=A(k)S(k)A^{T}(k)+R(k)+F(k)S(k+1)F^{T}(k)$$ where ...
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Distance between vertices in a vertex transitive graphs. [closed]

Can anybody help me in finding out the distances between vertices in a vertex transitive graphs. Is there any specific formula to calculate distance between vertices in this graph. Thanks for your ...
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References on techniques for solving equations with discontinuous functions such as floor and ceiling?

Here I describe the sort of reference I'm after with a motivating example. I am not seeking solutions to my equations on this forum; I'm quite happy to do that myself. Rather, I'm asking for some good ...
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Citation for subset complement result

Let $S=\lbrace s_1,\ldots,s_n \rbrace \subset \lbrace1,\ldots,2n\rbrace$. Consider two operations on $S$: the complement $C(S)=\lbrace 1,\ldots,2n \rbrace \setminus S$ and a reflection* ...
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Does erosion mix faster than a riffle shuffle?

It is a famous result of Aldous and Diaconis1 that seven shuffles are necessary and suffice to approximately randomize 52 cards.2 Here the shuffles are the standard riffle shuffle, where the ...
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A good upper bound on the size of k-biclique in random bipartite graphs.

Let $G = (X \cup Y, E)$ be a random bipartite graph, where $X$ and $Y$ are the set of vertices and $E$ the set of edges. I want to find an upper bound of the largest biclique in which exactly $k$ ...
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expected size of unbalanced biclique in random bipartite graph

I am discovering random graph and I am trying to prove the following result. This is a follow-up on a previous question of mine what's an upper bound on the size of the largest biclique in random ...
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what's an upper bound on the size of the largest biclique in random bipartite graph?

I am not an expert in random graph but I need the following result and I couldn't find any reference on this. Let $G(X \cup Y,p)$ be a random bipartite graph where the set of edges is $X \cup Y$, $X$ ...
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Looking for construction related to Erdos-Szekeres theorem

The Erdos-Szekeres theorem says that every $n$-permutation $p(1), p(2), \ldots, p(n)$ has either an increasing run or a decreasing run of length $\sqrt n$, where an increasing run is $p(i_1) < ...
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Best upper bound on rate for q-ary codes

Among the many upper bounds for families of codes in $\mathbb F _2 ^n$, the best known bound is the one by McEliece, Rodemich, Rumsey and Welch which states that the rate $R(\delta)$ corresponding to ...
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How many binary operations are associative?

Let $X$ be a finite set of $n$ elements, and consider a binary operation $\odot: X \times X \rightarrow X$. There are $n^{n^2}$ such binary operations, as the $n \times n$ table entries can each be ...
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How do quantifiers limit scope?

I'm teaching a discrete math class at the high school level and realize that I'm fuzzier on a topic than I should be. In their last problem set, I asked my students to translate "There is a triangle ...
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Optimal Gear Trains

Suppose you need to slow down a turning motor so that a gear turns at an angular velocity $\frac{a}{b}$ of that of the motor shaft, where $a$ and $b$ are natural numbers. For example, this set of ...
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The cycle structure of twisted wires, connected

Suppose you have $n$ (blue) wires linearly arrayed at junction box $A$, connected to a remote junction box $B$, where the wires are now arrayed along a line in a randomly permuted order, i.e., each ...
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Has any attempt been made to classify finite groupoids?

I recently stumbled upon the Mathieu groupoid and I found them fascinating. It appears as a subset of $S_{13}$ which is not closed under multiplication, but it turns out to be a groupoid with 13 ...
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Calculating a specific joint probability involving sums of binomial distributions

The following might look like a simple problem - but the question has been unanswered for more than a week on math.stackexchange.com, and I have asked quite a few of the Ph.d. students at our ...
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Three half circles on the plane may not meet nicely

Let $H$ denote the union of the northen hemisphere of the unit circle $S^{1}$ with the interval $[-1,1]$ on the $x$-axis. That is, $H=\{(x,\sqrt{1-x^{2}}):-1\le x\le 1\}\cup\{(x,0):-1\le x\le 1\}$ ...
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Cylinders dividing $\mathbb{R}^{3}$

Consider $n$ affine copies of a compact cylinder, say $S^{1}\times [-3,3]$ with top and botom, sitting inside $\mathbb{R}^{3}$. For each $n$ we may ask ourselves how to arrange the $n$ cylinders so ...
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On “The Average Height of Planted Plane Trees” by Knuth, de Bruijn and Rice (1972)

I am trying to derive the classic paper in the title only by elementary means (no generating functions, no complex analysis, no Fourier analysis) although with much less precision. In short, I "only" ...
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Continuous notions with compelling discrete analogues

Following up on the previous MO question "Are there any important mathematical concepts without discrete analogue?", I'd like to ask the opposite: what are examples of notions in math that were not ...
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Minimal blocking objects with shadows like a cube

This is a more geometric version of the previous question, "Lattice-cube minimal blocking sets". I will first specialize to $\mathbb{R}^3$, $d=3$. View an $n \times n \times n$ cube $C_3(n)$ as ...
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Lattice-cube minimal blocking sets

Let $C_d(n)$ be the lattice cube consisting of the $n^d$ points with each of its $d$ coorindates in $\lbrace 1,2,\ldots,n \rbrace$. Define a blocking set for a lattice cube to be a set of points in ...
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Discrete Mathematics textbooks for undergraduates

For the first time, I will be teaching a course on Discrete Mathematics for electrical and computer undergraduates students. I intend to focus on practical applications. I would be grateful if ...
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Bounding the entropy of a convolution

Say we have a function $f:\mathbb{Z}_2^n \to \mathbb{R}$, such that $\sum _{x\in \mathbb{Z}_2^n} f(x)^2 = 1$ (so we can think of $\{ f(x)^2\} _{x\in \mathbb{Z}_2^n}$ as a distribution). It is natural ...
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Number of blocks in a t-(v,k,l) design with empty intersection with a given set U [closed]

Question Given a $t-(v,k,\lambda)$ design $(X,\mathcal{B})$ and a set $U\subset X$ with $|U|=u\leq t$, what is the number of blocks $B\in\mathcal{B}$ such that $B\cap U=\emptyset$? The answer is: ...
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expanding the sqare of sum

If there any way to expand the following? $$\left(\sum_{i=1}^nx_i\right)^{\frac{1}{2}}$$ and more generally, a way to expand $$\left(\sum_{i=1}^nx_i\right)^{\frac{p}{q}}$$ where $gcd(p,q) = 1$ ...
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anyone help me with this inequality

I'm have some difficulties in bounding the following inequality: I want to find a c as small as possible s.t. $$\sum_{i=1}^nx_i^4\sum_{i=1}^nx_i^2 -\sum_{i=1}^nx_i^6 \leq ...
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An upperbound related to inductively reducing a set by adding the two least elements

I hope this is not too trivial to be asked here, but here it goes anyway. This is just out of curiosity (regarding a problem with graphs but I have "reduced" it to the problem below:) Let ...