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combinatorial and linear duality

Let $S$ be a finite set, and let $W$ be a nonempty set of subsets of $S$; we will identify every subset of $S$ with its characteristic function, a 0-1 vector in $\mathbb R^S$. The combinatorial dual ...
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1answer
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Design constraint systems over the reals

This question is inspired by the discussion at this problem. Suppose I have a design consisting of a finite point set $U$ of size $|U|=m_{\emptyset}$ and a family of $n$ subsets (sometimes called ...
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1answer
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Does the Hirsch conjecture hold for $n < 2d$?

The Hirsch conjecture asserts that the graph (i.e. $1$-skeleton) of a $d$-dimensional convex polytope with $n$ facets has diameter at most $n - d$. After being open for decades, Francisco Santos has ...
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Split sum into equal terms

Given a sum of $l$ integers $r_1+...+r_k+...+r_l$ and an integer $t$. Find indices $1 < p_1 <...< p_h <...< p_{t-1} < l$ such that in sum ...
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Maximum flow with negative capacities?

I'm trying to compute an (s-t) maximum flow through a network which includes a number of arc pairs ((u,v), (v,u)) that have equal, negative capacities (weights). I'm not aware of any efficient ...
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Minimum tiling of a rectangle by squares

Given the $n\times m$ rectangle, I want to compute the minimum number of integer-sided squares needed to tile it (possibly of different sizes). Is there an efficient way to calculate this?
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Sum of difference moduli vs. sum of modulus differences

This is a failed attempt of mine at creating a contest problem; the failure is in the fact that I wasn't able to solve it myself. Let $x_1$, $x_2$, ..., $x_n$ be $n$ reals. For any integer $k$, ...