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Questions tagged [co.combinatorics]

Questions related to combinatorics and discrete mathematical structures

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Counting subsets of given set with certain properties

Consider the following problem: Given is a multiset of positive integers, $S$, and an integer $k$. Count submulisets of $S$ of size $k$, $\{s_1,\dotsc,s_k\} \subseteq S$, such that when the $s_i$ are ...
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Computing the Fourier expansion of the complete quadratic function

I am working through Ryan O' Donnell's book on the analysis of Boolean functions. One of the exercises (1.1) is to compute the Fourier series of the `complete quadratic function' on $\mathbf{F}_2^n$ $...
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If $u\cdot v \in (z \cdot z')^*$ and $v \cdot u \in (z' \cdot z)^*$ then $u \in (z \cdot z')^* \cdot z$

I'm searching for a reference for the following property: Fact. Let $u, v \in A^*$. Write $w$ for the primitive root of $u\cdot v$, i.e., $u\cdot v = w^c$. There are unique words $z, z'$ such ...
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Pairwise comparison of bit vectors

Define a partial order $\le$ on $\{0,1\}^d$ by pointwise comparison, i.e., we say $x \le y$ if $x_i \le y_i$ for all $i=1,2,\dots,d$. I am interested in the following problem: Given $x_1,\dots,x_n \...
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Constructing a large bit-vector set with the following property

I would like to construct a set $S\subseteq\{0,1\}^{2n}$ that satisfy the property: $$\forall x\neq y\in S\ \ \exists k\in [n]:\forall i,j\in[n], \sum_{t=k+i}^{2n}x_t\neq\sum_{t=k+j}^{2n}y_t$$ In ...
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Was this complexity measure studied before?

An initially unknown string $x$ is known to be in $C\subseteq \{0,1\}^n$. Every round you are allowed to reveal one bit of $x$ (on your choice, and adaptively). How many bits do you need to reveal in ...
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expected number of edges for fixed min cut

It is known that a graph $G=(V,E)$ with $n$ nodes and min cut $k$, must have at least $\frac{1}{2}nk$ edges. Are there any tighter bounds or expectations I can place on $|E|$ if I assume that $G$ ...
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A property of suffix-free regular languages of maximal state complexity for the reverse operation

Let $L$ be a regular suffix-free language whose complete minimal automaton has $n$ states and that the minimal automaton of $L^R$ has exactly $2^{n-2}+1$ states. Let $p, q$ be two distinct states of ...
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Enumerating all simply typed lambda terms of a given type

How can I enumerate all simply typed lambda terms which have a specified type? More precisely, suppose we have the simply typed lambda calculus augmented with numerals and iteration, as described in ...
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reference request- property of subset of rows in a matrix

I am interested in the following quantity. Suppose we are given a matrix $M\in \mathbb{F}_2^{m\times n}$ and a string $z\in \{0,1\}^n$. I am interested in finding the largest subset $S$ of rows in M ...
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Does the problem “partition a vertex-weighted graph into $k$ balanced connected parts” have a standard name?

Consider the following problem: Given an integer $k$ and a vertex-weighted graph $G=(V,E)$, find a partition of $V$ into $V_1,\ldots,V_k$ such that each subgraph induced by $V_i$ is connected, ...
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Number of local maxima in MAX-2-SAT

Given an instance of MAX-2-SAT, let us call an assignment of variables a "local maximum" if changing the value of any variable reduces the number of satisfied clauses. My question is, how many local ...
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Degree distribution of certain subgraphs of a biregular graph

Consider a bipartite graph $G=(X,Y)$, such that the degree of a left node $x \in X$ is $l$, and the degree of a right node $y \in Y$ is $r$. The number of edges is $|E|=|X|l=|Y|r$. Pick $w$ nodes in ...
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Computing Minima of the Projection of a Binary Cube

The problem is as follows: I want to compute the minima (with respect to the canonical partial order on vectors "$\leq$") of the linear projection of the extreme points of an $n$-dimensional $\{0,1\}$-...
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Can the “mutual independence” condition in the Lovász local lemma be weakened?

The Lovász local lemma, as stated in Corollary 5.1.2 here, is given as follows. Lemma. Let $A_1, \ldots, A_k$ be events such that each $A_i$ has probability at most $p$ and such that each $A_i$ is ...
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Structured set of binary words

Definitions: Let $n\in \mathbb N$ be an integer, and consider the field $\mathbb K=GF(2^n)$. For $c\in \mathbb N$, let $S_c$ be a set of $n$ elements from $\mathbb K$ such that: Every element $e$ ...
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Pathwidth of planarized drawing of $K_{3,n}$

The pathwidth of the complete bipartite graph $K_{3,n}$ with partite sets of size $3$ and $n$ is at most $3$. I am interested in planarizing this graph by the following process: Draw it in the plane ...
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The noise distribution on $F_2^n$: probability of landing in a subspace versus a coset

Let $V = F_2^n$ be the $n$-dimensional vector space over the field of two elements. The $\epsilon$-noise distribution on $V$, denoted $\mu_\epsilon$, is a probability distribution on $V$ for which ...
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The maximum number of induced cycles in a simple directed graph

Is the maximum number of induced circuits in a simple directed graph known? I tried the family of graphs suggested by David and the number of induced cycles is seems to be exactly $3^{n/3} + \frac{...
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3-color a cubic graph such that a MIS receives only two colors

According to Brooks'_theorem, a cubic graph (3-regular graph) containing no $K_4$ can be properly colored by three colors. (Such a color can actually be found in linear time, which is not our primary ...
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Is there any efficient algorithm for computing all semigroups of order n? [closed]

Is there any efficient algorithm for computing all semigroups of order n? I found the following paper which solves a bit different problem. Veronique Froidure and Jean-Eric Pin, "Algorithms for ...
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Fast Approximation Algorithms for Covering Design

The covering design problem is as follows: We are given a universe $\mathcal{U}$ of size $n$. By $C(n,k,l)$ we denote the smallest cardinality of any set system $\mathcal{A} \subset 2^\mathcal{U}$ ...
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Upper Bound on Number of $n \times n$ Boolean matrices of Boolean rank at most $k$

An $n \times n$ Boolean matrix $B$ has Boolean rank $k$ if there exist matrices $L \in \{0,1\}^{n \times k}$ and $R \in \{0,1\}^{k \times n}$, s.t. $B = L \circ R$. Here $\circ$ denotes the Boolean ...
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Matching of points in two discrete linear sequences with potentially missing points [closed]

This is a question that I've been thinking about in my research lately. I've gone down the route of a few linear-optimization techniques, but nothing particularly spectacular has come up. Anyway, the ...
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The relationship between degree of vertex and size of dominating set

I was wondering is there any relationship between degree of vertex and size of dominating set. For example, if I know the number of vertices is $n$, and I could know each vertex in the graph has ...
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Computational Complexity of Ramsey Numbers

What is the computational complexity of computing Ramsey numbers $(n,m) \mapsto R(n,m)$? Is it inside PH? Would it be easier to compute $R$ if PH=P?
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Optimal distribution of integer edge weights

I am not sure whether the following problem has been studied. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have $L$ sets, $S_1, S_2,...,S_L$, each of $n$ elements, taken from a universe of $N$ elements. ...
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Generate connected induced subgraphs as the satisfying assignments to a SAT instance

I want a SAT instance (in CNF) whose set of satisfying assignments are the connected induced subgraphs of a given input graph. A general solution would be helpful, but I really only need this when the ...
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Distance between Sum Sets and Another Point

Let $a_1,\cdots,a_n$ and $\theta$ be positive reals, define $A^{k}$ to be: $A^0=\emptyset;\text{ } A^k=A^{k-1}\cup \{\sum_{i\in S}a_i\mid S\subseteq [n], |S|=k\},$ namely the sum set without ...
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Has this form of “kind-of-dual” homomorphisms been studied?

Let $G_1=(V_1,E_1)$ and $G_2=(V_2,E_2)$ be graphs and let $h:V_2\to V_1$ be a map such that, for every edge $(u_1,v_1)\in E_1$, there is an edge $(u_2,v_2)\in E_2$ such that $h(u_2)=u_1$ and $h(v_2)=...
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Voronoi Diagram of Lines

Let $S$ be a set of lines (or line segments) in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Consider the Voronoi diagram $VD(S)$. The best lower bound on the complexity of $VD(S)$ is $\Omega(n^2)$ and the best upper bound is $O(...
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Embedding distortion under group quotient

The high level question is as follows: Suppose some group (here assumed to be a vector space of $\mathbf{F}_2^n$) has a low-distortion embedding into $l_1$. Under what condition does the quotient of ...
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Random walk and mean hitting time in a simple undirected graph

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a simple undirected graph on $n$ vertices and $m$ edges. I'm trying to determine the expected running time of Wilson's algorithm for generating a random spanning tree of $G$. There, ...
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The complexity of decomposing a bi-stochastic matrix

A bistochastic matrix $A$ is a matrix with positive entries in which each row/column sums to $1$. By the Birkhoff von-Neumann theorem $A$ is a convex combination of permutation matrices. Further, by ...
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Partitions on Integer Permutations

Let $S_n$ be the set of all permutations of integers from $1$ to $n$. Let $P_1$ and $P_2$ be two partitions defined on $S_n$ as follows. $P_1$ is the set of all those permutations which have even ...
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Maximize number of bins and minimize cost of elements chosen from a set

I am considering the following problem: there is a set of elements $S$ where each element is assigned to a bin $B$. The bins are disjoint and their union is $S$. There is also a cost function ...
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How hard is recognizing a permutation that is a square for the shift product?

This is a continuation of my attempts to generate simple combinatorial computational problems that turn out to be computationally hard (NP-complete). In this pursuit, I came up with a permutation ...
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Approximations for the Stable Fixtures Problem

I have a set of N items, each with a subset of those items they can be paired with; each pair has a weight. I'd like to choose pairs to maximize the total weight, subject to each item being in at ...
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Is it decidable to determine if a given shape can tile the plane?

I know that it is undecidable to determine if a set of tiles can tile the plane, a result of Berger using Wang tiles. My question is whether it is also known to be undecidable to determine if a single ...
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A simple challenge

Consider the following problem: given a number $n$, an alphabet $\Sigma$, and a finite language $L$, how many strings of length $n$ in $\Sigma^*$ contain at least one word $w\in L$? E.g. ...
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Math talk: Theorem about git revision control system?

I would like to give a mathematics talk on the git revision control system. It is now widely used in mathematics as well as in the computer science industry. For example, the HoTT (Homotopy Type ...
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Permutations with forbidden subsequences

Let $[n]$ denote the set $\{1,...,n\}$ and C(n,k) denote the set of all $k$-combinations of elements from $[n]$ without repetition. Let $p= p_1p_2...p_k$ be a $k$-tuple in $C(n,k)$. We say that a ...
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Constant in Komlos conjecture

Given $n$ vectors $v_1,\dots,v_n\in\Bbb R^N$ with $\|v_i\|_2^2\leq1$ at every $i\in\{1,\dots,n\}$, Komlos conjecture states that, there is a $c\in\Bbb R$ (independent of $n,N$) such that at some $\...
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Number of Automorphisms of a graph for graph isomorphism

Let $G$ and $H$ be two $r$-regular connected graphs of size $n$. Let $A$ be the set of permutations $P$ such that $PGP^{-1}=H$. If $G=H$ then $A$ is the set of automorphisms of $G$. What is the ...
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Construction of a graph which has regular subgraphs at each iteration of a recursive process

I am studying Graph Isomorphism and also trying to figure out the complexity of a certain class of graph. The graph I am studying at the moment is described below Description : $G$ is a $r$ regular ...
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Combinatorial discrepancy of the system of all cuts

This is a variant of this previous question. In the meantime I have learned that what I am really interested in is the discrepancy of the system of all cuts of the complete graph on $n$ vertices. More ...
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Finding research problem for PhD(TCS)? [closed]

I am a theoratical computer science PhD student. I am wanted some suggestion in how to find research problem for PhD research. I have supervisor and he has given me first problem. We had get progress ...
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What are some of the most ingenious linear programs developed for tackling hard combinatorial problems?

What are some known ingenious linear programs that have been developed for tackling hard combinatorial optimization problems, especially any linear programs which had helped in getting good ...
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Number of distinct differences of $\omega(\sqrt{n})$ integers chosen from $[n]$

I encountered the following result during my research. $$\lim\limits_{n\to \infty} \mathbb{E}\left[ \frac{\#\{|a_i-a_j|,1\le i,j\le m \}}{n} \right] = 1$$ where $m=\omega(\sqrt n)$ and $a_1,\...
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Compute lowest dimensional polytope from a given set of sign vectors

Given a set of hyperplanes determined by the normal vectors $h_1,\dots,h_m \in \mathbf R^d$, its cell types (or sign vectors) are all vectors $t\in\{+,-\}^m$ for which there exists a vector $v\in\...