# Questions tagged [combinatorics-on-words]

A branch of combinatorics that focuses on the study of words and formal languages

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### $V$-like actions of $V$

This continues my question about prefix-continuous bijections (since the answer was "yes").
Notation and conventions: Let $A$ be a finite alphabet and $L \subset A^*$ a language. Let $G$ be a group. ...

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### Is there a prefix-continuous bijection between finite words and eventually zero words?

Let
$$ X = \{x \in \{0,1\}^{\omega} \;|\; \exists m: \forall i \geq m: x_i = 0\} $$
(one-way infinite eventually zero words). Let $\{0,1\}^*$ denote the finite (not necessarily nonempty) words over $\{...

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### A cubefree-preserving morphism from 5 to 2?

A word is cubefree if it cannot be written as $xyyyz$ where $y$ has positive length.
Let $h$ be the morphism from $\{0,1,2,3,4\}^*$ to $\{0,1\}^*$ given for words of length 1 as follows ($a\to h(a)$):...

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### Cliques in overlap graphs for words

Let $\Sigma$ be a finite alphabet, and consider the free monoid $\Sigma^*$. Given $w, w' \in \Sigma^*$ we say that $w$ overlaps $w'$ if there exist non-empty words $u, v, u'$ such that $w = uv$ and $w'...

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### Words and ranks

Let me state two problems that look very much alike. The first one can be solved putting together answers that different people have given to some questions I asked here a few weeks ago. The second ...

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### Uniqueness of “Limit” of Cyclic Binary Strings

Set-up: By abuse, let $\sigma$ represent both the left shift operator on infinite bi-infinite strings and the cyclic left shift operator on finite strings. (Thus, for example, $\sigma(...01\bar{0}10......

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### Conjecture about infinite word

Let $w=a_1a_2a_3...$ be an infinite word over a finite alphabet and $\epsilon>0$. Do there exist integers $n,k$ such that $\frac{d(a_1a_2...a_n,a_{k+1}a_{k+2}...a_{k+n})}{n}<\epsilon$ ?
($d(u,v)$...

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### Is the density of 1's in the Fibonacci word uniform?

The Fibonacci word is the limit of the sequence of words starting with $0$ and satisfying rules $0 \to 01, 1 \to 0$. Equivalently, it is obtained from the recursion $S_n= S_{n-1}S_{n-2}$ under ...

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### Minimum number of permutations of $\{1,\ldots, n\}$ that together contain every $k$-subpermutation

Define a $k$-permutation of $\{1,\ldots, n\}$ to be a word $\tau_1 \ldots \tau_k$ such that $\{\tau_1,\ldots,\tau_k\}$ is a $k$-subset of $\{1,\ldots, n\}$. Thus an $n$-permutation of $\{1,\ldots, n\}$...

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### What is the fairest order for stage-striking (and is it the Thue-Morse sequence)?

Here's a fair-sequencing problem that doesn't quite match the usual fair-division problems. I think that, like those, the answer should also be the Thue-Morse sequence ("balanced alternation"), ...

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### Partition theorems for located words

In this paper Bergelson, Blass, and Hindman prove the following
Theorem 1.2 Let $W(\Sigma; v)$ be colored with finitely may colors and let $\bar s$ be an infinite sequence from $W(\Sigma; v)$. ...

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### Unique(ish) infinite string avoiding a set of patterns

Let $\Sigma$ be a finite alphabet of size at least 2. A (possibly infinite) string $s$ over alphabet $\Sigma$ encounters a pattern $p \in \mathbb{N}^*$ iff there is a non-erasing morphism $f: \mathbb{...

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### Subshifts with a free semigroup

Let $X$ be a subshift on a finite alphabet. I'm interested in the following property: there exist words $s,t\in\mathcal L(X)$ (the language of $X$) such that $\{s,t\}^*\subset \mathcal L(X)$. That is, ...

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### Latent Dirichlet Allocation on Contrived Data

I am doing a project that seems like it might be susceptible to Latent Dirichlet Allocation. However, my data is highly contrived (both in test cases and use cases) and my "words" don't come close to ...

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### “Bisecting” a free subgroup with respect to word length

My broad question is regarding the lengths of (reduced) words in a subgroup of a free group.
As motivation, consider the free group $Gp(S)$ where $|S|=n$, that is, a free group of rank $n$. Let $S=\{...

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### Unique words in dihedral groups

Suppose $x$ is a word over the alphabet $\{0,1\}$.
Let $a$, $b$ be elements of the group Dih$_k$ for some $k$.
Let $\varphi=\varphi_{a,b,k}$ be the map from words over $\{0,1\}$ to elements of the ...

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### Cayley Graphs and Cyclically reduced words [closed]

Let $G$ be a finite group and $S$ be a symmetric generating set for $G$. (EDIT: Assume $S$ does not contain involutions!) Cyclically reduced words can be thought of as minimal length representatives ...

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### Covering sequences of words

(If anyone has a better title please change it!)
Given two finite words $v,w$ in the alphabet $\{a,b\}$, define the $v$-proportion of $w$ to be the largest number of letters in $w$ which can be ...

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### How many words are there such that some word $X$ is subsequence of them?

Let's define subsequence of the word as part of the word created by deleting some of its letters, for example aetics is a subsequence of mathematics.
QUESTION.
Given a $3$-letter word (let's call it ...

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### The functional equation $f(x) = qx + qxf(x) - f(x^2)$

A word (i.e., ordered string of letters) is bifix-free provided it has no proper initial string and terminal string that are identical. For example, the word $ingratiating$ has bifix $ing$, but the ...

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### Question about combinatorics on words

Let $\{a_1,a_2,...,a_n\}$ be an alphabet and let $\{u_1,...,u_n\}$ be words in this alphabet, and $a_i\mapsto u_i$ be a substitution $\phi$.
Question: Is there an algorithm to check if for some $m,k$...

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### Number of Lyndon words of given weight

Consider the alphabet consisting of two letters $a$ and $b$, and put the lexicographic order in which $a<b$.
We say that a non-empty word $w$ in this alphabet is a Lyndon word if, for any non-...

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### Longest runs and concentration of measure

Consider the longest runs $\ell_\sigma(x)$ of the pattern $\sigma$ for $\sigma\in \{0, 1, 01, 10, 001,\dots\}$ etc. in a binary sequence $x=x_1\dots x_n$.
For example, $\ell_{001}(0001110010011001)=2$...

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### Sum of unit vectors always has a binary span after constrained permutations

Conjecture:
Let $e_1 = (1,0,\ldots,0), \ldots , e_{m_1+m_2} = (0,\ldots,0,1)$ be the unit vectors of the standard basis $E$ of $\mathbb{R}^{m_1+m_2}$.
An enumeration $ E \cup -E = \{f_1, \ldots, ...

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### Weighted counting of circular codes

Given a circular code $X$ (for example: $X=\{ w,b \}$) with generating function $u(z)=\sum\limits_{k=0}^{\infty}{u_k z^k}$ (in this example : $u(z)=2z$), the generating function $p(z)=\sum\limits_{k=0}...

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### Sturmian subword whose reverse is not a subword

Let ${\cal L}_n$ be the set of all subwords of length $n$ of a biinfinite Sturmian sequence, induced by a rotation coding with irrational angle $\theta$.
Take a word $w \in {\cal L}_{2^n}$ and write ...

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### Building the string on $\{0,1\}$ alphabet with $\Omega(n^{2})$ different substrings [closed]

As we know the number of different substrings has the upper bound $O(n^{2})$.
Consider the strings on $\{0,1\}$ alphabet. Can I build a string with $\Omega(n^{2})$ different substrings?
Actually I ...

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### Periodic strings

I wish to ask a problem in periodic strings, it might be well-known but I am a beginner in this subject, so I am very glad if someones can show me. My problem is that can we add some string to the end ...

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### Repartition of 1's in the “Chacon word”

Consider the "Chacon words": $B_0=0$ and $B_{n+1} = B_nB_n1B_n$. The word $B_n$ has $\ell_n := \frac{3^{n+1}-1}{2}$ digits and the number of $1$'s in $B_n$ is $\ell_n - 3^n = \ell_{n-1} \sim \ell_n/3$...

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### Zero-one links: how many, and how to produce?

For $m \geq 1$, define a link to be a zero-one word $w=d_0d_1 \ldots d_k$, where $d_0=0$ and $k=2^m-1$ , such that the words
$$ w_0=0^{m-1}d_0, w_1=w_0d_1, w_2=w_1d_2, \ldots, w_k = w_{k-1}d_k $$
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### Existence of an infinite word with a predetermined asymptotic for the word complexity

Let $w$ be an infinite binary word, for example: $$1010100001 0010011000 0001001110 0101011011 \dots$$
Let $N_w(k)$ be the set of distinct subwords of $w$ of length $k$, and $n_w(k)$ the cardinal of ...

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### Number and asymptotic for cyclic sequences

Cyclic sequence is equivalence class of cyclic shift action.
If $a = (a_1, ... , a_i)_c$ is cyclic sequence then $(a_1, a_2, \ldots a_{i-1}, a_i)_c = (a_2, a_3, \ldots, a_i, a_1)_c = \ldots = (a_i, ...

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### Words with Local plus Global Constraints

While doing estimates on the complexity of an algorithm I have run into a word-combinatorial problem with both a local and a global constraint.
This seems to be a rather general situation and I'm ...

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### Counting triple-free sequences

The Thue-Morse sequence is a triple-free element $(a_i)\in\{0,1\}^\mathbb{N}$ which can be constructed by iterating the transformations $0\to 01$ and $1\to 10$ starting from $0$.
The beginning of the ...

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### Terminology for set of infinite strings with a certain prefix

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a finite alphabet, and let $C$ be the Cantor space $\mathcal{A}^\omega$ under the product topology.
Given a finite string $s \in \mathcal{A}^*$, let $C(s)$ be the set of all ...

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### Strings with no long runs from proper subalphabets

Let $R_{n,k,b}$ be the number of $b$-ary strings of length $n$ that contain some run of length at least $k$ from some $(b-1)$-ary subalphabet. Let $N_{n,k,b}=b^n-R_{n,k,b}$ be the size of the ...

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### Three-halves-free words (analogous to square-free)

A square-free word
is a string of symbols (a "word") that avoids the pattern $XX$, where $X$ is any
consecutive sequence of symbols in the string.
For alphabets of two symbols, the longest square-free ...

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### Combinatorics of palindromic decompositions

This is sort of a companion to my question Number of trivializations of a trivial word in the free group (which in turn is motivated by my earlier question here). It turns out that that question may ...

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### Number of trivializations of a trivial word in the free group

Let $M$ be the free monoid on $2n$ generators $x_1,X_1,...,x_n,X_n$ and consider the set $T$ of all those elements of $M$ which map to 1 of the free group on $x_1,...,x_n$ under the homomorphism $\pi$ ...

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### Word complexity of primes mod 4

For an infinite binary word $w$, the word complexity $f_w(n)$ is defined as the number of different subwords of length $n$. The asymptotic behavior of this function is an important parameter of the ...

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### Combinatorics problem involving counting the number of certain substrings

I'm not sure if this question is suited for MO, but it does seem quite challenging to me, and is required for a research problem in chemistry I'm working on. I did try getting help from elsewhere (...

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### Is it possible to create an infinite sequence in which no subsequence is repeated 3 times in a row?

In Chess, there is the Threefold Repetition rule where if a sequence of moves is repeated 3 times in a row, either player can claim a draw.
Say two players wanted to play a legal, infinite game of ...

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### “Nyldon words”: understanding a class of words factorizing the free monoid increasingly

BACKGROUND.
Let me first introduce some classical definitions, which appear, e.g., in §5 of Lothaire's Combinatorics on Words, in §5.1 of Reutenauer's Free Lie algebras, and in §6.1 of Victor Reiner'...

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### Counting strings with alternating letters with generating functions

It is a classical problem that of finding the generating function (GF) of the number of strings with length $n$ having $m$ different letters (basically, the problem reduces to that of writing the ...

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### Computing exact or asymptotics for number of strings over an alphabet of size $n$ that have no non-trivial substrings that appear more than once

I ran across a seemingly relatively simple combinatorics problem that appears open. For an alphabet of size $n$, let $A(n)$ be the number of strings over the alphabet that have no substring of length $...

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### Which criteria guarantee an orthogonal circuit in $\mathbb R^3$ to be rigid?

For $n\ge4$, define an orthogonal circuit or O-circuit as a closed circuit of $n$ unit segments in $\mathbb R^3$ such that any two neighboring segments form a right angle. (Physically this could be ...

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### Do runs of every length occur in this sequence?

This is a repost from user r.e.s's unsolved Math Stack Exchange question: Do runs of every length occur in this string? That question was derived from my original question on the subject: Does this ...

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### Über theorem on unavoidable patterns?

Let $A$ be an alphabet of $k$ symbols,
and $p$ a pattern.
An example of a pattern is $p=XX$, where $X$ is any finite
string of symbols from $A^+$.
Avoiding $p$ is avoiding any subword repeated twice ...

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### Is there a name for infinite words containing every finite words?

Apparently, the closest thing I've found would be normal number http://mathworld.wolfram.com/NormalNumber.html
But requiring that every finite words occurs is weaker than this property. So I'm ...

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### Covariance matrix for number of powers in a word

A word over the alphabet $\{0,1\}$ of length $n$ may contain squares, cubes, and generally $k$th powers, where $2\le k\le n$. Let $O_k(w)$ denote the number of $k$th power occurrences in the word $w$.
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