# 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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### Important formulas in combinatorics

Motivation: The poster for the conference celebrating Noga Alon's 60th birthday, fifteen formulas describing some of Alon's work are presented. (See this post, for the poster, and cash prizes offered ...
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### Walsh Fourier Transform of the Möbius function

This question is related to this previous question where I asked about ordinary Fourier coefficients. ##Special case: is Möbius nearly Orthogonal to Morse ! Harold Calvin Marston Morse (24 March 1892 ...
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### Small simplicial complexes with torsion in their homology?

Fix a prime $p$. What is the smallest integer $n$ so that there is a simplicial complex on $n$ vertices with $p$-torsion in its homology? For example, when $p=2$, there is a complex with 6 vertices (...
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### True by accident (and therefore not amenable to proof)

The graph reconstruction conjecture claims that (barring trivial examples) a graph on n vertices is determined (up to isomorphism) by its collection of (n-1)-vertex induced subgraphs (again up to ...
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### Products of Conjugacy Classes in S_n

The conjugacy classes of the permutation group $S_n$ are indexed by partitions like $$ and $[2,2,2] = [2^3]$ describing the cycle type. What happens when you take products of two whole conjugacy ...
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### Number of collinear ways to fill a grid

A way to fill a finite grid (one box after the other) is called collinear if every newly filled box (the first excepted) is vertically or horizontally collinear with a previously filled box. See the ...
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### Two conjectures about zero inner products and dissociated sets

The following problems come from something I worked on (with my coauthors) related to proving a new time lower bound for streaming problems. Having worked on these problems for some time with little ...
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### Irreducibility of root-height generating polynomial

The height $ht(\alpha)$ of a positive root $\alpha$ in a (finite, crystallographic) root system $\Phi$ is $\sum_{i=1}^n c_i$ where $\alpha = \sum_{i=1}^n c_i \alpha_i$ is its decomposition as a sum of ...
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### Kasteleyn's formula for domino tilings generalized?

It seems a marvel when a bunch of irrational numbers "conspire" to become rational, even better an integer. An elementary example is $\prod_{j=1}^n4\cos^2\left(\pi j/(2n+1)\right)=1$. Kasteleyn's ...
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### maximum size of intersecting set families

Suppose $n$ is a big number and $k\geq 2$. How many sets $S_1,\dots,S_m\subset [n]$ can we find such that (1) $|S_i| = k$ for all $i$, (2) $|S_i\cap S_j| \leq 1$ for all $i\ne j$. What's the maximum ...
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### A Schur positivity conjecture related to row and column permutations

The problem Counting cycles after permuting within rows and columns reminds me of the following unpublished conjecture of mine. Let $D$ be any finite planar diagram (in the sense of Young diagram, ...
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### Metrics on finite groups and generalizations of central limit theorems for balls volumes (à la Diaconis-Graham)

In wonderful lectures by P. Diaconis "Group representations in probability and statistics, Chapter 6. Metrics on Groups, and Their Statistical Use" metrics on permutation groups are considered and ...
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### Euler numbers and permanent of matrices

Motivated by Question 402249 of Zhi-Wei Sun, I consider the permanent of matrices $$e(n)=\mathrm{per}\left[\operatorname{sgn} \left(\tan\pi\frac{j+k}n \right)\right]_{1\le j,k\le n-1},$$ where $n$ is ...
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### Sequences that sums up to second differences of Bell and Catalan numbers

Let $f(n)$ be A007814, the exponent of the highest power of $2$ dividing $n$, a.k.a. the binary carry sequence, the ruler sequence, or the $2$-adic valuation of $n$. Let $g(n)$ be A025480, $g(2n) = n$...
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### Sum with Stirling numbers of the second kind

Let $wt(n)$ be A000120, number of $1$'s in binary expansion of $n$ (or the binary weight of $n$) and $$n=2^{t_1}(1+2^{t_2+1}(1+\dots(1+2^{t_{wt(n)}+1}))\dots)$$ Then we have an integer sequence given ...
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### Pair of recurrence relations with $a(2n+1)=a(2f(n))$

Let $f(n)$ be A053645, distance to largest power of $2$ less than or equal to $n$; write $n$ in binary, change the first digit to zero, and convert back to decimal. Let $g(n)$ be A007814, the ...
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### The property of Kendall-Mann numbers

The sequence A000140 is studied http://oeis.org/A000140 (Kendall-Mann numbers: the maximum number of permutations on n letters having the same number of inversions ) and I am looking for a proof ...
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### Sequence that sums up to INVERTi transform applied to the ordered Bell numbers

$\DeclareMathOperator\wt{wt}$Let $\wt(n)$ be A000120, number of $1$'s in binary expansion of $n$ (or the binary weight of $n$). Let $f(n)$ be A007814, the exponent of the highest power of $2$ ...
The Barratt-Priddy-Quillen(-Segal) theorem says that the following spaces are homotopy equivalent in an (essentially) canonical way: $\Omega^\infty S^\infty:=\varinjlim~ \Omega^nS^n$ \$\mathbb{Z}\...