# Tagged Questions

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### About an identity which gives immediate proof of the permanent lemma

Let $A$ be a $n \times n$ matrix over field $F$. Let $a_1, \cdots, a_n$ be the column vectors of $A$. For any subset $S \subseteq [n] = \{1, 2, \cdots, n\}$, let $a_S = \sum_{i \in S} a_i$. Alon's ...

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### Reference for MacMahon on Overpartitions

In the literature on overpartitions Percy A. MacMahon is usally cited as the genesis of the theory. Often the reference is to his 1916 textbook -- but, having recently checked this out of my school's ...

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### What is known about tiling a rectangle in an irreducible way by smaller rectangles?

Given two naturals $s<t$. Is there always a square (or at least a bigger rectangle) that can be tiled with $s\times t$ rectangles in an irreducible way (i.e. any grid line splitting it cuts at ...

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### A parametrization of subsets

Suppose $I\subseteq\{1,\dots,n\}$, and let $\{1,\dots,n\}\setminus I=\{j_1,\dots,j_m\}$ be an enumeration of the complement of $I$ with $j_r<j_{r+1}$ for each $r\in\{1,\dots,m-1\}$. To $I$ I can ...

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### Generalizing Concepts of Planar Euclidean Geometry to Symmetric TSP-Instances

To me it seems possible, to successfully look at symmetric TSP instances from a geometry-point of view.
Examples are:
the diagonals of the convex hull of a set of points in the euclidean plane; ...

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### Ordinary Generating Function for Bell Numbers

In the OEIS entry for Bell numbers, there appears a generating function
$$\sum_{k=0}^\infty B_k t^k = \sum_{r=0}^\infty \prod_{i=1}^r \frac{t}{1-it}$$
However, I could not locate any proof of ...

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### Transversal theory in ergodic theory

I was taking a glance at the original paper by Donald Ornstein, Bernoulli Shifts with the Same Entropy are Isomorphic, and I came across The Marriage Problem and a paper with the same name by P. ...

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### maximal chain in (strong) Bruhat order satisfying constraint

Consider the (strong) Bruhat order, $\leq_B$, on the symmetric group $S_n$. Suppose there are permutations $\pi,\sigma∈S_n$ such that $\pi\geq_B \sigma$. Suppose further that they satisfy the ...

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### Number of primitive $n$th roots with positive versus negative real parts

Does anyone know a reference to the following results, which I can prove, but I suspect may be known. Let $R(n)$ denote the number of primitive $n$th roots of unity with positive real part, and $L(n)$ ...

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### Empty node in cactus construction

Is there a necessary condition for not having empty node in the construction of the cactus of the minimum cuts of a graph?
In particular is there a necessary condition for not having empty k-junction ...

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### Asymptotics of the number of elements in the intersection of two growing sets

Let $[n]:=\{1,\dots,n\}$ and $0\leq p_n\leq n$. Fix any subset $A_n$ of $[n]$ with $p_n$ elements. The number of subsets $B$ of $[n]$ with $p_n$ elements that are disjoint from $A$ is ...

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### Estimate for the travelling salesman problem for balls inside a grid

This question is probably easy but I only have "tedious case checking" proof strategy in sight, and I'm sure there should be a reference lying around...
The question concerns the TSP problem (with ...

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### A generalized Burnside's lemma

Let $G$ be a finite group acting on a set $X$, and let $S\subseteq G$ be a union of conjugacy classes. Then I believe I can prove:
$$ \sum_{[x]\in X/G} \frac{|G_x \cap S|}{|G_x|} = \sum_{g\in S} ...

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### Name search for special Linear Integer Programm

I am looking for a name for the following question in literature!
(and if you know it, then it would be great)
I couldn't find it and due to wide audience here, presumably you know more. Thank you
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### Generalized separating systems

We call a set system $\mathcal{A}$ of subsets of the $n$ element universe $U$ a separating system if for any pair of elements $x,y \in U$ there is at least one set $A \in \mathcal{A}$ such that either ...

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### topological space of Wang Tile

When trying to reprove a theorem in Wang tile:
An established proof in Wang Tile which I doubt
, a few notions are provided which I would like to seek for more information:
For a given set of blocks ...

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### Time-inhomogeneous Markov Chains

I'm trying to find out what is known about time-inhomogeneous ergodic Markov Chains where the transition matrix can vary over time. All textbooks and lecture notes I could find initially introduce ...

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### An established proof in Wang Tile which I doubt

When I was reading the paper:
Wang, Hao. "Notes on a class of tiling problems." Fundamenta Mathematicae 82.4 (1975): 295-305.
from http://matwbn.icm.edu.pl/ksiazki/fm/fm82/fm82119.pdf
I could not ...

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### Formula for the Ordinal Number of k-Sets of Positive Integers

Background of my question is, that I would like to store flags indicating the relation between a pairs of non-adjacent edges of a graph (that relation could for example be, whether the edges cross, ...

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### Orthogonal basis for the multilinear polynomials with zero “trace”

We say that a multilinear polynomial $P(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ in $n$ commuting variables over $\mathbb{R}$ has zero trace if
$$ \frac{d}{dt} P(t,\ldots,t) = 0. $$
Equivalently,
$$ \left(\sum_{i=1}^n ...

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### Proof of existence of recursively inaccessible and Mahlo ordinals

As in title - I'm looking for a proof of the existence of a countable recursively inaccessible or recursively Mahlo ordinals, especially the first one. When looking for it in all the papers I stumbled ...

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### What is the Essential Reason that allows a PTAS for the EUCLIDEAN TSP?

Questions:
Is there some understanding of the reason, why the euclidean TSP allows a PTAS, whereas the metric TSP in general does not and, is the PTAS stable under sufficiently small perturbation ...

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### Extremal graph theory for directed graphs

In extremal graph theory, there are results such as
$$t(C_4,G)\geq t(K_2,G)^4,$$
where $G$ is an undirected graph, $C_4$ is a cycle graph on 4 nodes, $K_2$ is a complete graph of $2$ nodes, and ...

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### Reference for Frobenius’s proof of Schur’s finite version of the Rogers - Ramanujan identities

In his paper “Ein Beitrag zur additiven Zahlentheorie und zur Theorie der Kettenbrüche” I. Schur has stated that Frobenius has communicated to him a simple direct proof of his finite version of the ...

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### Bases of a matroid such that their complement is an independent set

Let $M$ be some matroid on $[n]$ with set of bases $\mathcal{B}$. I am interested in the subset $\mathcal{B}' \subseteq \mathcal{B}$ of bases $b \in \mathcal{B}$ with the property that $[n] \setminus ...

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### Generalized permutahedron and random polytopes

The Birkhoff polytope $B_n$ is defined as the convex hull of the set of permutation matrices, which gives us the set of doubly stochastic matrices. A concept which is intimately related is that of the ...

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### References to proofs of a theorem by Van Kampen-Flores

Theorem (Van Kampen-Flores 1930s) From any 7 points in four-dimensional space one can choose two disjoint triples such that the triangles with vertices at the triples intersect each other.
This ...

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### An extrasensory perception strategy :-)

I asked this question at MSE some months ago
but I received only partial answers, so I put it here. The following sounds nice for me and I spent a good time during the investigation. But I am a ...

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### Reference for statement that almost every $n$-element partial order has trivial automorphism group

I'm looking for a reference for the statement that almost every partial order on $n$ elements has trivial automorphism group. I've been told that this is a folklore result. Does anyone know of a ...

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### Classifying two-faces of four-polytopes

Motivation: This question is related to my study of hyperbolic Coxeter polytopes. In general, if one put some restrictions on the type of their dihedral angles (say, all dihedral angles are equal to ...

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### Flow of an integer

I've stumbled across this family of flow networks, and posted the sequence of maximal flows to OEIS. It doesn't appear at this time. I can't find any reference to it either. Has anyone seen it?
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### Silly me & Van der Waerden conjecture

So I walked into this very innocent-looking combinatorics problem,
and quite soon I ended up with the problem to prove that any doubly stochastic $n \times n$ matrix has a non-zero permanent.
Now ...

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### Is Van der Waerden's function elementary

Van der Waerden's function was proved to have elementary upper bound on growth rate.
Is the Van der Waerden's function itself elementary in the sense of Kalmar?

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### Estimating a sum involving binomial coefficients [refined]

Having some work done, here is a refined version of my initial question.
For integer $m>0$ and $0\le q\le m$, consider the sum
$$ S(m,q) = \sum_{i=0}^{m-q} \binom{m}{i} \binom{m-i}{q}^2. $$
I ...

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### What is/are the best bound/s on the sum of squares of degrees in a graph?

Let $G$ be a graph with degrees $d_{1},\ldots,d_{n}$. I am interested in upper bounds on
$$
\sum_{i=1}^{n}{d_{i}^{2}}.
$$
An example is de Caen's bound:
$$
\sum_{i=1}^{n}{d_{i}^{2}} \leq ...

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### What is the mobius function for the set of simplicial complexes on n vertices?

Consider the set of simplicial complexes on $n$ vertices, with partial ordering by containment. What is the Mobius function for this poset?
Are other combinatorial facts known about it (e.g. the ...

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### Is this Graph parameter known?

Let $\lambda(G)$ denote the edge-connectivity of $G$.
Consider the following parameter:
$\rho(G) = \max_{X \subset V(G)} \min(\lambda(G[X]), \lambda(G[V(G) - X]))$
Has this parameter been studied? ...

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### How to find counterfeit coins by weighing

In one variant of the classic counterfeit coins problem you are given a bag of $n$ numbered but otherwise identical looking coins and a scale and your job is to find which coins are counterfeit. ...

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### Maximizing ratio volume/diameter^n by an affinity

Suppose we have a convex compact body $D\subset \mathbb R^n$. We can try to apply affine transformation keeping the volume and decreasing the diameter of $D$.
It is clear that there is a constant ...

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### complexity of in-dominating set

Is the decision problem In-Dominating Set NP-complete for digraphs of regular out-degree (greater than (n-2)/4, in particular)? I'm mainly looking for the reference.
Thanks for any answer!

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### Name for Kneser/Johnson-like graphs?

I wonder if the following simple generalization of Johnson and Kneser
graphs has a name? Let the vertex set of the graph $G(n,k,t)$ be the
set of $k$-element subsets of an $n$-set, with two $k$-sets ...

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### “MultiCatalan numbers”

Could anyone provide a reference for the following (sort of) generalization of Catalan numbers: the multinomial coefficient
$$
\binom{2k_1+3k_2+4k_3+...}{k_1+2k_2+3k_3+...,k_1,k_2,k_3,...}
$$
is ...

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### Geometric van der waerden theorem

Van der Waerden theorem states that sufficiently long initial segment of the natural numbers when divided into $r$ parts contains an arithmetic progression of length $k$. The length of the initial ...

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### Does the notion of graphs with vertex multiplicity exist?

I need to use graphs where each vertex gets a natural number, $b(v)$, its multiplicity. These numbers indicate how many 'replications' of the vertex we have.
It is actually a way to write in a ...

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### Multiplying by irrational numbers in combinatorial problems

This is getting no attention on stackexchange.
Everybody knows that the number of derangements of a set of size $n$ is the nearest integer to $n!/e$.
It had escaped my attention until last week, ...

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### Overlapping sets

Consider the following problem:
Let $F \subseteq 2^{I}$ be a finite family of finite subsets of some index set $I.$
Let $F_x$ be defined as the number of elements of $F$ that contains $x.$
Assume ...

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### Sets of evenly distributed points in the Euclidean plane

Is there a set $P \subset \mathbb{R}^2$ of points in the Euclidean plane whose intersection
with every convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^2$ of area $1$ is nonempty but finite?
If the answer is yes, can ...

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### Multipartite Ramsey theorem

Given $c<\infty$ colors, positive integers $k_1,\dots,k_n$ and positive integers $N_1,\dots,N_n$. Then there exist positive integers $M_1,\dots,M_n$ so that for disjoint finite sets $A_1,\dots,A_n$ ...

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### Chromatic number of induced subgraphs as upper bound to the chromatic number

Motivation: At the Erdős100 conference in Budapest András Gyárfás presented some interesting conjectures. One of them was the following:
Given that in a graph $G$, every subgraph $H$ formed by ...

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### Schemes defined by a collection of Plücker coordinates

If $C \subset {[n]\choose k}$ is any collection of $k$-element sets, we can define a scheme $$ W(C) = \bigcap_{S\notin C} \{V \in Gr(k,n) : p_S(V)=0\} \qquad \subseteq Gr(k,n), $$ where $p_S$ is the ...