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Arithmetic product of symmetric functions: why is it integral?

For every commutative ring $A$, let $\mathbf{Symm}_A$ be the ring of symmetric functions over $A$. Let $\mathbf{Symm}$ without a subscript denote $\mathbf{Symm}_{\mathbb{Z}}$. We can define a ...
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On the category of virtual species

In Foncteurs analytiques et esp├Ęces de structures, Joyal defines virtual species, as a (quotient) of formal differences of functors $F,G:\mathbb{B}\rightarrow \mathsf{Set}$, and then proceeds to show ...
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Formal solutions of semiring equations

I am looking for a general theorem which would tell me when a formal series solution exists for an equation over a semiring. One may assume that the semiring is equipped with a (formal) derivative. ...
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Combinatorial results without known combinatorial proofs

Stanley likes to keep a list of combinatorial results for which there is no known combinatorial proof. For example, until recently I believe the explicit enumeration of the de Brujin sequences fell ...