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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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### 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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### Combinatorial problem - 6 classic dices [migrated]

can anyone help me with this task?
We throw with 6 classic(cube) dices. Two are yellow, two are blue and two are green. After every throw we put them into a line. How many different lines exist if we ...

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### Alternating sign binomial identity [closed]

I recently noticed that for a triple of integers $k \geq 2$, $k \geq m \geq t \geq 1$, the following identity seems to hold
$\sum_{j=0}^{m-t} (-1)^{m-t-j}{k \choose j}{m-1-j \choose t-1}={k-t \choose ...

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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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### Selecting subsets with size $\frac{n}{2}$ covering every pair of the elements

Given a set $S$ of $n$ elements. Let $T$ be the set of all subsets of $S$, with size $\frac{n}{2}$ ($n$ is even). We want to select a subset $T'$ of $T$, with the property that for any pair of the ...

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### Number of different positions of rooks on chessboard

I know that this topic as been mentioned before, but no accurate answer has been provided.
Suppose we have to place $n$ rooks on $n \times n$ chessboard so that no one attacks another. How to count ...

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### An identity involving a product of two binomial coefficients

I'm trying to find a closed formula (in the parameters $q,N$) for the following sum:
$$ \sum_{k=q}^{N} {{k-1}\choose{q-1}} {{k}\choose {q}} $$
Can anybody give me a lead?
Lior

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### Intersection of rotating regular polygons

This question has a recreational flavor, but may not be
entirely uninteresting.
Let $P_k$ be a unit-radius regular polygon of $k$ sides,
and $P_n$ a unit-radius regular polygon of $n \ge k$ sides.
...

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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 that the following inequality ...

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### Discrete summation of Gaussian functions. Decay time problem

I am facing the following problem. I have a function which is defined through a discrete sum of Gaussians
$$F_M(t) = 2\sum\limits_{n=1}^{M}e^{-t^2 \sigma^2 n^2}\times \sum\limits_{k=n}^{M}p_k p_{k-n} ...

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### Fundamental solution of Discrete Laplace in the plane

We consider a discretization of the Laplace operator on $\mathbb Z^2$, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discrete_Laplace_operator
Then, it is natural to consider its fundamental solution $u$, i.e. ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### “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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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
$$
...