For questions about the study of finite or countable discrete structures, specifically how to count or enumerate elements in a set (perhaps of all possibilities) or any subset. It includes questions on permutations, combinations, bijective proofs, and generating functions.

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How many ways are there to order $n$ women and $n$ men in circle

I have the following question : How many ways are there to order $n$ women and $n$ men in circle so there is no man next to man and no woman next to man meaning the order is man,woman,man,woman... ...
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Approximating the coefficients of $\prod_{i=1}^{N}\frac{1}{1-\frac{1}{2}q^i}$ for large $N$

I have $$\frac{1}{2^{N}}\prod_{i=1}^{N}\frac{1}{1-\frac{1}{2}q^i}$$ the reciprocal of the q-Pochhammer symbol $(\frac{1}{2},q)_{N+1}$ (multiplied by a power of $1/2$). Its Maclaurin series for ...
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Lower bound related to Goldbach conjecture

I am curious to know if a lower bound on the number of ways (call this $\beta$ and assume $p_1 + p_2$ distinct from $p_2 + p_1$) in which two primes $p_1, p_2$ that add up to a given even integer $n$, ...
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Is a simplex with permuted vertices $\pm$homologous to the original?

Take a singular $n$-simplex $\sigma: \Delta^n \to X$, where $\Delta^n\subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ is the convex hull of the standard basis, with the obvious vertex ordering. Then one can obtain $(n+1)!$ ...
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Construction of a finite projective plane of order $p$, for any prime $p$

I have this construction of a finite projective plane (FPP) of prime order $p$, but I am not sure what's going on. We have already proved that FPPs of order $q$ have $q^2+q+1$ lines and points (if ...
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Hints for Solving Elementary Combination problem of Doughnuts. [closed]

There are eight varieties of Doughnuts, if a box contains $1$ dozen doughnuts how many different option are there for a box of doughnuts ?
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Understanding Theorem on Combinatorics.

What following Theorem wants to convey (how there can be infinite repetitions), pls give some examples to explain.
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How large can a set of pairwise disjoint 2-(7,3,1) designs (Fano planes) be?

As wikipedia defines well, the Fano plane is a small symmetric block design, specifically a 2-(7,3,1)-design. The points of the design are the points of the plane, and the blocks of the design are the ...
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Tic Tac Toe: What is the probability that a random player draws against an infallible player?

I have simulated a tournament between an infallible Tic Tac Toe player and one that chooses its moves randomly. Even after 5 million games, the infallible player wins every single game. I know that ...
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Number of valid parenthesis

I have to find out the number of valid parenthesis.Parenthesis are of two type [] ,(). How many ways are there to construct a valid sequence using ...
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Calculating the coefficient of a generating function

Calculate the coefficient of $x^{10}$ in $$\frac{1+x^3}{1-2x+x^3-x^4}$$ I am unsure how to even start and would appreciate a hint? I haven't dealt with problems like this (complicated) before.
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A strange combinatorial identity [duplicate]

In reading about A polarization identity for multilinear maps by Erik G F Thomas, I am led to prove the following combinatorial identity, which I cannot find anywhere, nor do I have any idea how to ...
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Number of possible subsequences

Given 4 integers - $A,B,C,D$ such that $A \leq B \leq C \leq D$ (i.e they are in non decreasing order). Now we need to find number of possible non decreasing subsequences $(W,X,Y,Z)$ such that $1 ...
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Matrices and prime numbers

Let $ p $ be a prime number and \begin{align} K=\left\{ \begin{pmatrix} a &b \\ c& d \end{pmatrix} \mid a,b,c,d \in \left\{0,1,\ldots,p-1 \right\}, \right. & a+d \equiv 1 \!\!\!\! ...
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How many partial derivatives does a multivariate polynomial have?

My motivation for this question is from the following toy example; define the (nondeterministic) finite state machine generated by the polynomial $f(x_0 , ... , x_n) \in \mathbb{Z} [x_0 , x_1 , ... , ...
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Number of Non Decreasing Sequence. [closed]

I have to find the number of non decreasing sequence (A,B,C,D) such that ...
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probability for two people to arrange something in the same order

What is the probability that two people independently arrange for instance a sequence of the $10$ elements: $0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9$, in the same order? I'm not sure how I should go about this problem, ...
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Combinatorial proof of a certain alternating sum of binomial coefficients

The following identity appeared as a question earlier today $$\displaystyle\sum\limits_{k=0}^n (-1)^k\binom{m+1}{k}\binom{m+n-k}{n-k} = \begin{cases} 1\ \text{if}\ n=0 \\ 0\ \text{if}\ n>0 ...
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Seating arrangements of 7 boys and 5 girls in a row.

In how many ways can these boys and girls be arranged in a row if between two particular boys A and B there are no boys but exactly 3 girls?
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Do men or women have more brothers?

Do men or women have more brothers? I think women have more as no man can be his own brother. But how one can prove it rigorously? I am going to suggest some reasonable background assumptions: ...
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A SDR extension problem [closed]

enter image description here I think we should use induction. for subset I when $|I|=1$ then we have for any $i\in \{1,\dots,n\}$ $|A_i|\leq 2$. Then for any $A_i$ we have $2$ SDR. then we suppose ...
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Find the number of 4 digit numbers of the form $abcd$ such that $ab+cd$ is even

Let $n$ denote the number of 4 digit numbers of the form $abcd$ such that $ab+cd$ is even. Find the last digit of $n$. There are two cases. $ab,cd$ is odd. Which means $a,b,c,d \in \text{odd}$. ...
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For a group of 7 people, find the probability that all of their birthdays do not occur in the winter using the stars and bars counting method

So for a group a 7 people, find the probability that all of their birthdays do not occur in the winter. That is, all of their birthdays occur either in the spring, summer or fall. Assume that the ...
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Application of Combinatorics/Graph Theory to Organic Chemistry?

Recently, I have been self-teaching graph theory and having an organic chemistry course at school. When I was learning isomer enumeration I found great resemblance between organic molecules and ...
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Total number of perfect square which are factors of n [closed]

A number $N$ can be factorized as $$N = p_1^5 p_2^4 p_3^7.$$ Find total number of perfect square, which are factors of $N$.
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What is the probability that all $n$ colors are selected in $m$ trials?

I have a concrete problem, say, there are $n$ different balls ($n$ different colors to distinguish them), each ball will be selected uniformly at random. The way I choose a ball is that I randomly get ...
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On the GCD of two palindromes.

I had an observation. Which I will discuss below. My question will be Is my observation correct? If so, how can one prove it? Observation: Consider the string of palindromes below: $100...01$ and ...
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Isomorphism of Non-Symmetric Matrix when Permutation-Set is given: A simple observation

Context: Consider, two $m \times n$ matrices $A, B$ such that there is a permutation $\kappa$ that such that such that $A^{\kappa}=B$ (Wielandt's notation), i.e. $A, B$ are isomorphic but not ...
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What is the number of interior faces adjacent to an interior vertex in a triangulation in $\mathbb{R}^3$?

Let $\Omega$ be a polygonal domain in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Assume $\Omega$ is partitioned into tetrahedra using the most common admissible triangulation, that is, roughly speaking, two adjacent tetrahedra ...
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How can I prove this equation holds?

As the final part of a big proof I got for uni homework: (It is an extra question, may be unsolvable) $$k^n<\sum_{i=0}^n\binom{n}ik^{n-i}(2^i-1)$$ My idea is to develop the right side into an ...
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Letter combinatorics and probabilities

Hello I've got some problems and I don't know if my solutions are correct: Given a Text with two letters $A$ and $B$ and the the probability of occurrence of letter $A$ is $p_a$ and $B$ is $p_b$, the ...
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Sum of odd integers $= x$

How many sums are there that add up to a whole number $x$, and are made of only odd numbers? Each number can be used more than once.
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Vandermonde-type convolution with geometric term

Is there a closed-form solution to the following sum? \begin{align*} f(r, s, n) = \sum_{k=0}^{n}c^k\binom{r}{k}\binom{s}{n-k} \end{align*} I know this corresponds to find the coefficient of $x^n$ of ...
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Probability - Combinations

I am having big problems with this exercise: There are $n$ customers and $k$ types of products and number $i$, where $n \ge k \ge i$. I have to find the probability of the situation where ...
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What is the probability of getting intial state (read details)? [closed]

Alex, Bob and Charlie each have 5 different colored marbles in their bags(same 5 colors in each of those bags though). Alex randomly picks a marble from Bob's box and puts it into his bag. Then ...
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Pigeonhole Principle by using induction

Prove the generalized Pigeonhole Principle: Let $n$ and $m$ be natural numbers, $X$ and $Y$ sets with $|X| = mn + 1,\; |Y | = n$, and $f : X\to Y$ a function. Then there exists $y \in Y$ such that ...
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How many colours do we at least need so that we can ensure all 250 countries have different flags.

One for FN standardized flag consists of three horizontal rectangular fields. If we assume that the middle field not are allowed to have the same colour as the top or bottom field, how many colours do ...
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Tokens in boxes problem

Tokens numbered $1,2,3...$ are placed in turn in a number of boxes. A token cannot be placed in a box if it is the sum of two other tokens already placed inside that box. How far can you reach for a ...
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Number of additive partitions [closed]

Show that the number of additive partitions of $n$ in which no summand appears more than $d$ times equals the number of additive partitions of $n$ in which no summand is a multiple of $d+1$. Now ...
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12 books shelf and bag.

I got two varieties for the same question: Ways that four books out of a bag of 12 books can be placed on a shelf. Ways to choose 4 books out of 12 arranged on a shelf and put them in a bag. ...
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Number of possible arrangements of rings on a hand

This is a homework question that I'm having trouble figuring out how to start. Here's the question. A woman has 3 different rings. On any given day she wears 1, 2, or (inclusive) 3 of her rings on ...
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Suppose a bookshelf contains five discrete math texts, two data structures texts, six calculus texts, and three Java texts

(a) How many ways can you choose one of the texts? (b) How many ways can you choose one of each type of text? Solution: a) By the rule of sum, there are all together $5 + 2 + 6 + 3 = 16$ ...
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There are how many ways can we list, without repetition of all the elements of $S = \{ x, y, z\}$

Solution: there are six ways: $xyz$, $xzy$, $yxz$, $yzx$, $zxy$ and $zyx$. Doubt: How do we know there are six possible ways?
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How many coefficients in $(x_1 +x_2 + \cdots + x_L)^N$?

How many coefficients in $(x_1 + x_2 + \cdots + x_L)^N$? That is to say, what is the number of coefficients when it represents as sum of products.
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Birthday problem: why is this solution wrong?

This question is about the birthday problem: the probability that in a group of n people, at least two of them have the same birthday (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_problem). An easy way to ...
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Game of Nim: Losing Positions [closed]

If you have heard of the game Nim, this is a version of the game. However, in this version, the players can only remove the amount of stones from the pile which is coprime to the current pile size. ...
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How many words can be formed, given $4$ letters, and in each word there must be at least two letters are the same?

How many words can be formed, given $4(a,b,c,d)$ letters, and in each word from $4$ letters there must be at least two letters are the same? The position of the letter doesn't matter. The answer is ...
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Seating children in the cinema

I just had finished my class and have been struggling with a problem. There's $9$ seats in the cinema, and two families $F_a=\{F_1,F_2,F_3,F_4,F_5\},$ $F_b=\{F_a,F_b,F_c,F_d\}$ In how many ways can ...
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inding all possible non-repeating numbers with given digits

How to find all non-repeating number from the following digits:$0,2,4,5,7,8$ This is how I tried to solve it: Since numbers can't start with 0, and the order of the elements matters, it has to be ...
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Sequence of integers in given range that sums up to given value

I'm trying to find out, if there is a way to find the total number of possible combinations of integers $x_i \in [l,u] \cap \mathbb{Z}$ for all $i = 1,\ldots,n$ that sum up to $A$. Generally, ...