Questions tagged [co.combinatorics]

Enumerative combinatorics, graph theory, order theory, posets, matroids, designs and other discrete structures. It also includes algebraic, analytic and probabilistic combinatorics.

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What is the minimum worst-case length of an element removal game?

A game is played as follows. There is a set $X = \{1, \ldots, n\}$. Player 1 is trying to find a "locally minimal subset" $M \subseteq X$ - that is, player 2 has said that $M$ is good, and also that ...
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Shifted schur function and holonomic

Now let us denote by $\Lambda^{*}(n)$ the algebra of polynomials in $x_{1},\ldots,x_{n}$ that become symmetric in new variables $$x_{i}'=x_{i}-i+c, \ i \in 1,\ldots,n.$$ Here c is a arbitrary fixed ...
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Minimal-information description of sudoku solution (Latin square)

Sudoku puzzles consist of a $9 \times 9$ grid of cells in which some cells contain integers from the set $\{ 1, \ldots, 9 \}$ and the task is to fill in the remaining cells such that the numbers $1$ ...
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Minimal number of colours in distinguishing colouring of biconnected graphs

A colouring of edges of a graph is distingushing if no non-identity automorphism of the graph preserves this colouring. Problem. Is it true that each biconnected graph possesses a distinguishing ...
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A divisibility of q-binomial coefficients combinatorially

Let a and b be coprime positive integers. Then the number a+b divides the binomial coefficient ${a+b \choose a}$. I know how to prove this combinatorially - for example after choosing an ordered set ...
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Bijective operations on finite simple graphs

Let $\mathcal G_n$ be the set of (isomorphism classes of unlabelled) simple graphs on $n$ vertices. I am interested in specific bijective maps $\mathcal G_n\to\mathcal G_n$, defined for all $n$. An ...
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The set of polytopes with given $f$-vector

Let $f=(f_0,\ldots f_n)$ be a vector in $\Bbb N^{n+1}$. Let $X$ be the set of all (ordered) $f_0$-tuples in $\Bbb R^n$ whose convex hull has $f$ as its $f$-vector. Assume that $X$ is non-empty. Is ...
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Component properties in Euclidean graphs with distance threshold

In the context of Euclidean graphs with vertices randomly embedded in either a 2D plane (for instance square with length $L$) or in 3D (similarly, cube of side $L$), where an edge between two given ...
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Two congruence conjectures modulo prime p

How to prove the following two congruences? Question1: Let $p\equiv 1 \pmod 3$ be a prime, then $$\sum_{k=0\atop k\neq(p-1)/3}^{(p-1)/2}\frac{\binom{2k}k}{3k+1}\equiv 0 \pmod p.$$ ...
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A curious process with positive integers

Let $k > 1$ be an integer, and $A$ be a multiset initially containing all positive integers. We perform the following operation repeatedly: extract the $k$ smallest elements of $A$ and add their ...
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A link between hooks, contents and parts of a partition

Let $\lambda$ be an integer partition: $\lambda=(\lambda_1\geq\lambda_2\geq\dots\geq0)$. Denote its conjugate partition by $\lambda'$. For example, if $\lambda=(4,3,1)$ then $\lambda'=(3,2,2,1)$. ...
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Counting configurations on a 2xn board under restrictions [closed]

Find the number of ways of selecting k cells from a $(2\times n)$-board such that no two selected cells share a side (non-adjacent). For $n=3$ and $k=2$, the answer is $8$; for $n=5$ and $k=3$, the ...
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Sum of all projective dimensions of simple modules

Let $X_{n,t}$ be the set of all finite dimensional algebras (we can assume they are given by a connected quiver and admissible relations) that have global dimension equal to $n$ and $t$ simple modules....
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Consider an undirected graph $K(n,k,i)$, with the all $k$-element subsets of $\{1,\dots,n\}$ as vertices, and two vertices connected by an edge if their sets intersect in less than $i$ elements. ...
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$|V|$ and $|E|$ in hypergraphs with a separation property

Let $H=(V,E)$ be a hypergraph. We call it $T_0$ if for all $x\neq y \in V$ there is $e\in E$ with $\{x,y\}\not\subseteq E$ and $\{x,y\}\cap e\neq \emptyset$ (i.e., $e$ contains exactly one of $x,y$). ...
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Orientations of Planar Graphs

Let $G$ be a $2$-edge-connected graph drawn in the plane (such that the edges intersect only at the endpoints). I want to orient the edges of $G$ such that for each vertex $v$, there are no three ...
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On the parity of $|\{(j,k):\ 1\le j<k\le\frac{p-1}2\ \&\ \ j(j+1)\ \text{mod}\ p\,>\,k(k+1)\ \text{mod}\ p\}|$ with $p$ prime

Let $p=2n+1$ be an odd prime, and let $a_1<\ldots<a_{n}$ be all the quadratic residues mod $p$ among $1,\ldots,p-1$. For $a\in\mathbb Z$ let $\{a\}_p$ be the least nonnegative residue of $a$ ...
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Partitions and $q$-integers

Denote an integer partition of $n$ by $\lambda=(\lambda_1\geq\lambda_2\geq\dots\geq\lambda_k)$ where $\lambda_k>0$. Also recall the $q$-analogues of integer $n$ given by $[n]_q=\frac{1-q^n}{1-q}$. ...
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