Questions related to permutations, bijections from a finite (or sometimes infinite) set to itself.

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There are ten chairs in a row [closed]

There are ten chairs in a row. In how many of these will two people be sitting in adjacent chairs? I count 16. P1 and P2 must sit beside each other, adjacent, so there are only 8 chairs where that ...
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Factorization of permutations into two factors with fixed number of cycles, plus a placement condition

In my recent work I have been led to consider the following type of permutation factorizations. Let $\pi_1$ and $\pi_2$ be two fixed permutations, with disjoint support, i.e. $\pi_1$ acts on ...
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Decomposing a matrix into the tensor product of a permutation and orthogonal matrix

Suppose I have a square matrix $A \in \mathbb{R}^{mn \times mn}$. I want to find $$\arg \min_{P, Q} \|A - P \otimes Q\|_F$$ where $P$ is an $m \times m$ permutation matrix and $Q$ is an $n \times ...
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Counting Specific Permutations of Elements in a Multiset

I have a question regarding counting permutations of a multiset's elements. The problem is the following: Given a multi-set $M=\{0^{m}, 1^{n-m}\}$ the number of all possible permutations of its ...
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On $XX'=I$ such that $AX=XB$ is true when $A,B\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$

Given real symmetric matrices $A,B\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ is it true that $$AX=XB$$ has a solution of form $X$ a permutation matrix iff a solution with $XX'=I$ exists? We are over reals. It is clear ...
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On number of disjoint sets with small stack depth in a set of permutations

Given k-distinct permutations $\sigma_1,\sigma_2,...,\sigma_k \in S_n$ where $k \leq 2^{\sqrt{n}}$ and $k >1$ (note that k is much smaller than number of possible permutations on [n]), What is ...
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How does a permutation $P$ affect the singular value $\sigma_{\text{max}}(Q^\top P^\top Q)$ for orthogonal $Q$?

Let $q_i$ for $i=1,\ldots,m$ be the columns of the matrix $Q\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times m}$, $n\geq 2m$, which are pairwise orthonormal ( i.e. $q_i^\top q_j = \begin{cases} 1 & \text{if}\quad i=j \\ 0 ...
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Can all the sporadic groups be expressed as permutation groups based on a single big cycle?

Working on M11, I came up with that it can be generated using the following permutations: [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] [[2, 0, 1, 7], [3, 4, 5, 6]] [[4, 0, 6, 7], [2, 3, 1, 5]] [[0, 7], [4, 6], ...
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Why does iterated indexing avoid cycles of length 5?

Start with a permutation $s_0$ of the numbers $(1,\ldots,n)$, e.g., for $n=10$, $s_0=(8,2,1,6,9,7,10,5,4,3)$. Form $s_1$ by using the numbers in $s_0$ as indices into $s_0$. So $s_1$ is composed of ...
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$k$-th subset in order of increasing sum

I have an array of integers T[N] indexed from 1. For example T[1] = 1, T[2] = 4, T[3] = 5, T[4] = 9. Let's enumerate all subsets of this set in a certain order: increasing sum of the elements. In case ...
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Characterizing (up to permutations) finite sequences of real numbers

Let $S=\{x_1,\cdots, x_N\}$ be a finite sequence of real numbers. I am interested in characterizing the family of functions $F$ such that for any $f\in F$ the function $$ c(\lambda) ...
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Weights on cyclic orderings

Are there standard or known weights/metrics on cyclic orders? Cyclic orderings are different ways of listing elements from a finite set, where you call two lists the same if they differ only by a ...
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What is the criterion for a matrix containing vectors and their permutations being invertible?

Consider the matrix $A\in\mathbb{R}^{m\times 2m}$. Let any arbitrary choice of $m$ columns of $A$ be linearly independent. Together with a permutation $P\in\mathcal{P_{2m}}$, one can build the matrix ...
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Weighted Permutation Sum

I am trying to find out a closed-form formula (or a generating function at least) for the number of permutations $\sigma$ that satisfy $$ S = \sum_{i = 1}^{n} i\sigma(i)$$ for a given value of $S$. We ...
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How hard is recognizing a permutation that is a square for the shift product?

This is a continuation of my attempts to generate simple combinatorial computational problems that turn out to be computationally hard (NP-complete). In this pursuit, I came up with a permutation ...
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Is the Number of Carries in Integer-Addition Associative?

Is it true that the number of carries, when calculating the sum of a finite set of finite positive integers, is constant (i.e. independent of their permutation and the order in which the additions ...
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symmetric points on symmetric spaces

Let $M$ by an $m$-dimensional symmetric space (or a general Riemannian manifold). The finite distinct points $p_1,p_2,\cdots,p_n\in M$ are said symmetric, if for any permutation $\sigma$ on ...
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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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convex hull of the set of permutations with one cycle

is there a way to describe the convex hull of the set of permutation matrices with exactly one non-trivial cycle? or maybe I should ask for the convex hull of cycle matrices : let $(i_{1},..,i_{k})$ ...
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Sparse Matrix Reordering

Matrix reorderings are important for many direct solvers. Sometimes the objective is to reduce the bandwith or the generated fill in by LU Decomposition. I am interested in a reordering which reduces ...
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How many rearrangements must fail to alter the value of a sum before you conclude that none do?

This will not be altogether unrelated to this earlier question. For which classes $C$ of bijections from $\{1,2,3,\ldots\}$ to itself is it the case that for all sequences $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^\infty$ of ...
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Efficient recognition of sequences sortable by transpositions?

While reading the post, Probability of generating a desired permutation by random swaps, by Aaronson, I got interested in this sorting problem: Input: a sequence $A$ of $2N$ positive integers. ...
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A Collatz-like question about permutations

An answer to this question would provide an explicit counterexample to this question, but otherwise I don't know if it is interesting. Consider all permutations $\pi$ on the natural numbers such that ...
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Rearrangements that never change the value of a sum

I posted this question on math.stackexchange.com and so far the only answer posted (also mentioned in the comments under the question) shows that one of my rash initial guesses about the bottom-line ...
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A question on permutations

Given integers $1$ through $n$, let $S$ be set of ordering of integers that respect even alternating or reverse alternating permutations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternating_permutation) up to ...
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Even cycle constrained edge coloring

Is minimum colors needed to assign colors to edges of complete graph $K_n$ so that every $2t$ simple cycle where $t\in\Big\{1,\dots,2\Big\lfloor\frac{n}2\Big\rfloor\Big\}$ contains atleast $t+1$ ...
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A constrained minimum edge coloring

Is minimum number of colors needed to color edges of complete graph $K_n$ so that every even simple cycle contains at least one color assigned to odd number of edges at most $\beta n$ where ...
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Extrapolation between longest increasing and longest alternating subsequences

The question When should we expect Tracy-Widom? motivated me to post the following question, in which I have been interested for a while. Let $f(n)$ be a function from the positive integers to ...
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Terminology for research on distributions of inner products

Consider a set of vectors $M$ from an inner product space $V$. The ordered set of inner products of all pairs of elements in $M$ uniquely characterizes $M$ up to isomorphism. Suppose now that $V$ is ...
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Permutations with all cycles odd length and permutations with all cycles even length

If $n$ is even, then the number of permutations of $n$ in which all cycles have odd length equals the number of permutations of $n$ in which all cycles have even length. This fact is easily proved, ...
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Smooth bivariate functions identifiable under permutations

Consider a "smooth" $f : [0,1]^2 \to [0,1]$ and let $\pi : [n] \to [n]$ be a permutation of $[n] =\{1,\dots,n\}$. Let us define $$ A^{f,\pi} := \Big( f\Big(\frac{\pi(i)}{n},\frac{\pi(j)}{n}\Big) ...
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Permutation-invariant matrix representation

The question guide says that Mathoverflow is for research level mathematics. While I do not perform research in mathematics (I study quantum chemistry), I believe this question is research-level ...
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Regarding left-to-right minima

Let $\rho$ be a permutation on $[1,n]$ and $l_i$ be the number of left-to-right minima in $\rho_{i\ldots n}$, I know that for a random permutation $E[l_1] = H_n$ (the $n$-th Harmonic number) but is ...
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The name of a group of order 24 [closed]

I encountered a group $G =\langle(1,3,2,4),(3,5,4,6)\rangle\subseteq S_6$ in my study, but I do not know its name. Let $f=(1,3,2,4)$ and $g=(3,5,4,6)$. We have $g^2=fg^2f$, and thus $\langle ...
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Arranging numbers from $1$ to $n$ such that the sum of every two adjacent numbers is a perfect power

I've known that one can arrange all the numbers from $1$ to $\color{red}{15}$ in a row such that the sum of every two adjacent numbers is a perfect square. $$8,1,15,10,6,3,13,12,4,5,11,14,2,7,9$$ ...
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Permutation polynomials mod $p$ of the form $(x+1)^n-x^n$

Among some permutation polynomials I've been studying, $f(x)=(x+1)^n-x^n$ is one of the polynomials that I cannot grasp. Question : For a given odd prime $p$, how can we find every positive ...
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When is a linear combination of permutation matrices unitary?

Question: Let $P_\pi$ denote the matrix representation of permutation $\pi$. Consider a linear combination of all $n \times n$ permutation matrices $$U := \sum_{\pi \in S_n} c_\pi P_\pi$$ where ...
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Exact growth rate of Longest Increasing Subsequence expectation

Let $S_n$ be the symmetric group, $\pi\in S_n$ a uniformly random permutation and $L_n:=L_n(\pi)$ denoting the length of the longest increasing subsequence (LIS). We know that ...
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Classifying 1 cycle permutation matrices

Given a permutation matrix that is not full rank, is there a linear algebraic and corresponding algebraic criterion to tell if matrix contains more than one disjoint non-trivial cycle or exactly one ...
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Sets of points containing permutations - a Ramsey-type question

The following question arised as a side-question in a geometric problem. It has a "feel" similar to problems in Ramsey-theory, but I have not found any mention of it (also I'm not very familiar with ...
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Is $LIS(\pi)+LIS(\sigma)+LIS(\sigma\pi^{-1})$ lower bounded?

In the title, $LIS$ stands for the length of longest increasing subsequence and Greek letters stand for permutations from symmetric group $S_n$. Considering some cases such as ...
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Are certain normal matrices circulant? (Part 2)

Let $\mathcal{F}$ denote the family of real normal matrices $A$ such that $ A^TA=\begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ b & \ddots \end{pmatrix}$, for $b>0$. As a user observed in the solution of Part 1 ...
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Hopf structures on “pictorial” descriptions of permutations

There is a well-known Hopf structure on permutations, due to Malvenuto and Reutenauer. Here, the F basis elements are permutations in one-line notation, the product of two permutations is their ...
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Numbers with all N-digit prefixes divisible by N

In base 10, the number 3816547290 contains every digit exactly once. When I take the first N digits, that substring is divisible by N. For example, 381 is divisible by 3, 38165 is divisible by 5, etc. ...
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Name for class of flattening permutations

Let $S_n$ be the symmetric group. For any sequence of numbers $y=[y_1,y_2,\cdots,y_k]$, define the flattening operation as $\mbox{flatt}_{k}(y)$ as a relabeling of $y_1,y_2,\cdots,y_k$ in terms of ...
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Number of orders of $k$-sums of $n$-numbers

Suppose we have a $n$-element set $S$. Denote the set of its $k$-element subsets by $K$ ($|K|=\binom{n}{k}$). If the elements of $S$ are real numbers then to each $k$-element subset we can associate ...
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Does a classification of simultaneous conjugacy classes in a product of symmetric groups exist?

Let the symmetric group $S_n$ on $n$ letters act on $S_n^d=S_n\times\cdots\times S_n$ by simultaneous conjugation, i.e. $\pi\in S_n$ acts on $(\sigma_1,\ldots,\sigma_d)\in S_n^d$ by ...
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Polynomial dynamical systems

The question is somewhat related to the theory of permutation polynomials. Let $\mathbb{F}_p$ be a finite field of $p$ elements ($p$ is prime) and $\mathcal{V} = \mathbb{F}_p^2 = \{ (t_1,t_2)\::\: ...
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Is there a geometric meaning of the Major index?

The actual question I want to ask is whether there is a geometric proof of this famous identity $$\sum_{\sigma \in S_n} q^{\operatorname{inv} \sigma}=\sum_{\sigma\in ...
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Is this graph polynomial known? Can it be efficiently computed?

I am a physicist, so apologies in advance for any confusing notation or terminology; I'll happily clarify. To provide a minimal amount of context, the following graph polynomial came up in my research ...