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Questions related to counting the number of elements of some finite sets, or to other problems in enumerative combinatorics.

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Non-enumerative proof that there are many derangements?

Recall that a derangement is a permutation $\pi: \{1,\ldots,n\} \to \{1,\ldots,n\}$ with no fixed points: $\pi(j) \neq j$ for all $j$. A classical application of the inclusion-exclusion principle ...
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A strange sum over bipartite graphs

While mucking around with some generating functions related to enumeration of regular bipartite graphs, I stumbled across the following cutie. I wonder if anyone has seen it before, and/or if anyone ...
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Fibonacci, compositions, history

There are three basic families of restricted compositions (ordered partitions) that are enumerated by the Fibonacci numbers (with offsets): a) compositions with parts from {1,2} (e.g., 2+2 = 2+1+1 = ...
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Is there any meaning to a “nice bijective proof?”

From Zeilberger's PCM article on enumerative combinatorics: The reaction of the combinatorial enumeration community to the involution principle was mixed. On the one hand it had the universal ...
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How many triangulations of the genus $g$ surface on $n$ vertices?

By "a triangulation of $X$", I mean a simplicial complex whose geometric realization is homeomorphic to $X$. Tutte showed that the number of combinatorially distinct triangulations $t(n)$ of the ...
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Succesful applications of algebra in combinatorics

Hi. This may be a very general question. Are there any examples of problems in combinatorics which were open, but which found a solution when stated in algebraic terms? If yes, could somebody ...
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Which came first: the Fibonacci Numbers or the Golden Ratio?

I know that the Fibonacci numbers converge to a ratio of .618, and that this ratio is found all throughout nature, etc. I suppose the best way to ask my question is: where was this .618 value first ...
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Counting matrices of special types

How many symmetric and non-symmetric $n\times n$ matrices with $0/1$ entries are there such that every row is distinct and every column is distinct? (I am looking for a proof as well). If only every ...
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Counting number of ways to place bags and marbles inside bags so all bags contain an odd number of marbles

There was a famous trick question posed once in math.stackexchange here. The question can be loosely translated to "Is it possible to place nine marbles into four bags so that each bag has an odd ...
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Distinct determinants of circulants

If $M$ is a circulant integer matrix of size $n\times n$ whose entries are randomly chosen from $\{0,1\}$ value, how many different determinants does $M$ possibly take value in? For $n=1,2,3,4$, I ...
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Distinct Numbers

Let $x_{ij}\in\{0,1\}$ for ${i=1}$ to ${m}$ and for ${j=1}$ to $n$. How many different values does $$\prod_{i=1}^m\sum_{j=1}^nx_{ij}$$ cover? Is there an $a_{ijk}\in\Bbb R$ (there is a $a_{ijk}\neq0$ ...
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An Pure intriguing counting problem of index sets

Hi Guys. The problem here seems like a homework, but I think that it is not that easy.It comes from a theorem I recently proved.The content of the theorem is not important, the issue is that I have no ...