# Tagged Questions

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### how to cover a set in a grid with as few rectangles as possible

In calculus, when estimating a area of a set in a 2-dimensional space, we use rectangles to approximate. To get sufficient precision, how many rectangles are needed if the shape of the set is close ...
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### Guessing game with guess cost

This is a question about Problem 328 on the website Project Euler. A description of the problem is provided in the previous link. I was wondering if there has been any research done on this question. ...
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### Decomposition of a complete graph into maximal matching subgraphs

Is there a general way to decompose a complete graph $K_n$ into an union of maximal matching subgraphs such that no two subgraphs share an edge? For example, consider $K_4$ with vertices $V=${1,2,3,4}...
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### A fast way to test whether a partial function can be extended to a chirotope of rank 3 ?

Hello, What is a fast way to test whether a partial function can be extended to a chirotope of rank 3 ? That is: I have a domain $E = \{1,...,n\}$ and a partial function $f: E^3 \to \{-1, 0, 1\}$ ...
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### Number of breakpoints in parametric maximum flow problems

The parametric maximum flow problem can be formulated as $$f(\lambda) = \min_{x\in\{0,1\}^n} \left( \sum_{i}(a_i + b_i\lambda)x_i + \sum_{i,j}c_{ij}x_ix_j \right),$$ where all $c_{ij}<0$ (so that ...
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### Computer platforms for combinatorial search problems/mathematical music theory?

I'm finding programming various combinatorial searches (connected to mathematical music theory) in a general purpose computer language tedious, so I'd like pointers to computer platforms/environment ...
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### Statistical computation in matrix. Rows before columns? riddle..

First I'll phrase the question as a riddle, and than as a general math problem. We have 12 lettered vases $(A,B,...,L)$, in each vase there are 30 numbered balls (1-30). In each ball there is some ...
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### How to compute KL-divergence when PMF contains 0s?

From the Wikipedia page on Kullback-Leibler divergence, the way to compute this metric is to utilize the following formula: The way I understand this is to compute the PMFs of two given sample sets ...
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### Method for variable substitution in multiple summation

I want to ask: is there any general method for variable substitution in multiple summation? For example in the following equation a new variable $\lambda=n+m-2\mu$ is introduced to transform the LHS ...
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### Reference sought for Conways observation on stable matchings.

Looking for a reference on the observation that the set of stable matchings form a distributive lattice. This is attributed to Conway by Knuth in "Marriages Stables" but I would like an explicit ...
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### the maximal length of a special dicksonian sequence

First, we define a sequence $t_{1},t_{2},\cdots,t_{k}$ of n-tuples dicksonian, if $\forall 1\leq i < j\leq k,$ there does not exist a non-negative n-tuple t such that $t_{i}+t=t_{j}.$ For example, ...
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### A non-associative three-valued logic

There are three elements: x, y, z and a relation C: x C y, y C z, z C x, x C x, y C y, z C z. Let us introduce two binary operations with respect to the C: "the leftmost" (L) and "the rightmost" (R),...
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### palindromic subsequences

I'd like any insight or references to the following two conjectures (see the glossary below for definitions): Conjecture 1: For any string $x$, there exists a longest common subsequence of $x$ and ...
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### What are some early examples of creation of lists / catalogues of (particularly) combinatorial objects?

A lot of effort in discrete maths / combinatorics is expended in the construction of lists, catalogues or census [sic] of combinatorial objects such as groups, graphs, designs etc. These catalogues ...