This tag is for questions asking for combinatorial structures of maximum or minimum possible size under some constraints. Typical questions ask for bounds or the exact value of the extremal size, or for the structure of extremal configurations.

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How to find the width knowing clique number

For an interval order, clique number=chromatic number (which is the minimum number of colors you can use for each edge to be incident to vertices that are of different colors). I also read that clique ...
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Family of graphs with structural intersection (namely, no isolated vertices)

In the book Extremal Combinatorics: With Applications in Computer Science I found the following theorem: Theorem. Suppose that $\mathcal{F}$ is a family of (labeled) subgraphs of $K_n$ such that for ...
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$K_{3,3}$ an exception to Planar Graph formula

So I have learned that for a graph to be considered Planar, if it has at least 3 vertices, you can apply the following formula to test for planarity: number of edges ≤ 3(number of vertices) - 6 also ...
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Element in chain and antichain

When analyzing one poset graph, can an element be both in the longest chain and the longest antichain? (or do chains and antichains have to be mutually exclusive?)
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Anna and Carlos are discussing a graph with 17 vertices and 129 edges

Anna and Carlos are talking about a graph with 17 vertices and 129 edges. One of them says that it must be a Hamiltonian graph, while the other say's it's not. With no other information about the ...
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Chromatic Number of Trees

All trees with more than one vertex have the same chromatic number. What is it & Why? (Is this chromatic number by any chance 2, by definition of what a tree is? Since a tree is acyclic and ...
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Pigeonhole Principle : $mn+1$ pigeons into $n$ holes.

If you have to put $n+1$ pigeons into $n$ holes, according to Pigeonhole principle, you will have to put two pigeons into the same hole. But what if you have to put $mn+1$ pigeons into $n$ holes? ...
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How should $k$ items be selected in $m$ trials so that the average size of the intersection of selected items is as small as possible?

Let $n$ be size of set of items and in $m$ trials $k$ items are selected from the set without replacement. In two different trials the same items can be selected. How should items be selected so that ...
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Cross intersecting families bound

I have been looking at the following problem Suppose $k,l \geq 1$, $k+l \leq n$ and consider $$\mathcal{A} \subseteq \binom {[n]} l, \mathcal{B} \subseteq \binom {[n]} k$$ Which are cross ...
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Rank notion of a matrix

$\newcommand{\rank}{\operatorname{rank}}$Divide $p-1$ ($p=q^k>2$ with $k>1$, $q$ prime) elements in $\Bbb F_p^\times$ into equal disjoint subsets $S_+,S_-$. Given square $0-1$ matrix $A$, ...
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Integer solutions to this problem

So I have this question, and I know that I need to start off with downgrading $782$ to $762$ (to account for $x_4$ and $x_5$ being equal to $10$). $x_1 +x_2+x_3+x_4+x_5 ≤ 782$ where $x_1,x_2 > ...
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Integer solutions of the following question:

How many integer solutions are there in this equation: $$x_1 + x_2 + x_3 + x_4 + x_5 = 63, \quad x_i \ge 0, \quad x_2 ≥10$$ I got $C(56,3)$. Is that correct?
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How to obtain $n$ maximally different binary vectors with equal number of zeros and ones?

Imagine the set of all binary vectors of length $2m$ where each of the vectors has $m$ ones and $m$ zeros. I want to select some $n$ of these vectors such that the shortest distance among all pairs of ...
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Question of difficult matrix problem, minimum number of times

There is a $n$×$n$ matrix $A_n$. All entries are $0$ at first. $\left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 ...
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Minimum number of circles with 3 neighbors

It is possible to arrange congruent circles on the plane in such a way that no two circles overlap and each circle adjoins exactly three other circles. The picture shows an example with 16 circles. ...
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Union of each family is not the whole set

Let $n\geq k>0$, and consider all $\binom{n}{k}$ subsets of $A=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ of size $k$. We want to partition it into families so that the union of each family is not equal to $A$. At least ...
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No sum of three numbers equals another number in set

Consider the set $S=\{1,2,\ldots,1000\}$. What is the maximum size of a subset $S'$ such that for any distinct $a,b,c,d\in S'$, we have $a+b+c\neq d$? We can choose $S'=\{333,334,335,\ldots,1000\}$, ...
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Students who see ears of another student

A student is standing in each cell of an $n\times n$ grid, looking at one of the four directions: up, down, left, right. It turns out that no student is at the border and looking out of the grid, and ...
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Product of two combination terms

Is it possible to write the product of these two combinations as one combination term $N\choose r$$M\choose r$ where $r<N,M.$ Is it possible to say anything about the kind of distribution it ...
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Chips do not form rectangle on board

Given is an $n\times n$ board with $n\geq 3$. We place a chip in some cells, so that no four chips form a rectangle with sides parallel to the sides of the board. How many chips can we place, at most? ...
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Intersection theorems for a certain type of subsets of integers modulo $N$

I've been working on something with integers modulo $N$ and have sort of hit a roadblock where I'd like to have some references. The particular problem goes as follows. We have a system $\mathcal{S}$ ...
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At least two elements not in $A_x\cup A_y\cup A_z\cup A_w$

The number of subsets of $T=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ is $2^n$. Suppose we pick some of them, $A_1,A_2,\ldots,A_k$, such that for any $x<y<z<w$, at least two elements of $T$ are not in $A_x\cup ...
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Tiling a rectangle with $n$ rectangles to maximize product of areas

Consider a rectangle $R$ with integer width and integer height. We want to tile $R$ using exactly $n$ rectangles with integer dimensions. Now we carefully want to choose such rectangles so that ...
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Largest subset with no pair summing to power of two

For positive integer $n$, define the set $A_n=\{0,1,\ldots,n\}$. What is the size of the largest subset of $A_n$ such that the sum of any two (not necessarily distinct) elements in it is not a power ...
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Bounds on number of nice subsets

There are $2n$ people. Some subsets of people are called nice; the empty subset is nice. For any nice subset $A$ with $i<n$ people, there are at least $2(n-i)$ people $x\not\in A$ such that ...
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Placing non-attacking $2\times 2$ squares

Given a $1000\times 1000$ board. We can place non-overlapping $2\times 2$ squares on the cells. Two $2\times 2$ squares are said to attack each other if they lie in the same pair of adjacent rows (or ...
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Maximum number of squares with same number

Given a $1000\times 1000$ board. At the beginning, all cells have $0$ written on it. In an operation, we are allowed to choose any $130\times 130$ subboard and increase every number in this subboard ...
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Collection of subsets with adding one element property

Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a collection of subsets of $\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ such that for any set $A\in\mathcal{F}$, there exists $B\not\in \mathcal{F}$ such that $A\subset B\subseteq\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ and ...
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Every $3\times 3$ square has even number of painted cells

Given a $1000\times 1000$ board. We paint some cells (at least one) so that in every $3\times 3$ square, an even number of cells are painted. What is the minimum number of painted cells? One way to ...
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Least possible number of squares with odd side length

An $n\times(n+3)$ rectangular grid ($n>10$) is cut into some squares, with all cuts being along the grid lines. What is the least possible number of squares with odd side length? [Source: Russian ...
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Selecting cells so that every $2\times 2$ square is odd, then even

Jacob selects some cells from a $12\times9$ table, so that every $2\times 2$ subsquare contains an odd number of selected cells. He then selects some more cells, so that every $2\times 2$ subsquare ...
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Extremal set theory problem

What are good bounds(asymptotic bounds preferred) on the cardinality of the largest family $S$, of $m$-element subsets of an $n$-element set, if any pair of elements intersect in a set that has ...
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Choosing subsets to cover larger sets

I think this is probably known/easy, but I can't solve it. Consider the set $S=\{1,2,\ldots, n\}$, and let $a<b<n$. What is the minimum number $f(a,b)$ such that there exist $f(a,b)$ subsets of ...
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Extremal Finite Set Book Recommendation

I want to read Extremal Finite Set Combinatorics in some detail. (By 'Extremal Finite Set Combinatorics' I mean the subject which covers theorems like Sperner's Theorem, Erdos-Ko-Rado Theorem, ...
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A method of making a graph bipartite

If we take a graph $G$, and sequentially delete the edge which belongs to the most odd cycles until we have a bipartite graph, will at least half the edges remain when the graph is bipartite? ...
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Sperner family intersection with chains.

Consider a maximal sperner family $F$ of subsets of $X = \{ 1,2,3 \ldots n \}$. I need to prove that this family intersects with each chain of subsets exactly once. Each chain is defined as : ...
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K- Regular families. Proof of existence.

A family F of subsets is regular if every point lies in a constant number r of the elements of F. Theorem : Let $b,k,n,r$ be positive integer satisfying $bk = nr, k<n, b\leq $ $n\choose{k} $. Then ...
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Proof of De Bruijn-Erdos theorem

I am reading Cameron's Combinatorics and came across following part of the proof of De Bruijn-Erdos theorem which I am unable to follow. $F$ is the family of set such that any two sets in $F$ ...
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Biggest subset of $\{1, 2 … 1000\}$ such that difference between any pair of elements $\neq 4, 7$

The problem, as stated in the title, is to find the maximal size of a subset $V$ of $S = \{1, 2, ... 1000 \}$ such that no two elements of $V$ have a difference of 4 or 7 between them, i.e. $x \in V ...
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A Sperner type problem on infinite antichains

Let $\mathcal{A} \subset 2^{\mathbb{N}}$ be an antichain (with respect to containment). I want to measure the size of $\mathcal{A}$ in the following way: I create a set, $S$, by flipping a fair coin ...
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Graph containing every trees of size $n$ as subgraphs

What is the minimum number of edges of graph $G$, so that every tree of size $n$ is a subgraph of $G$? I personally managed to find a lower bound of $c n \log n $ and an upper bound of $C n \log ...
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total number of combinations?

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How do I find the critical values to find the maximum of this function?

The total daily profit in dollars realized by the TKK Corporation in the manufacture and sale of x dozen recordable DVDs is given by the total profit function below. $$P(x) = −0.000001x^3 + 0.001x^2 + ...
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resilience of graphs question

The following is a definition of the resilience of a graph w.r.t to a property $\mathcal{P}$ (Local resilience) A property $\mathcal{P}$ is said to be monotone if the property is preserved under ...
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Tricky (extremal?) combinatorics problem

Apologies for being unsure the best way to express this problem. I have 9 tables with 4 students at each table. I want to re-seat all students so no two students who have sat together ever sit ...
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maximum size of a $k$-intersecting antichain of $[n]$

What is the maximum size of an antichain of $[n]:=\{1,2,3,\dots,n\}$ (say $\mathcal{A}$) such that $\mid A\cap B\mid \ge k$ where $A,B\in \mathcal{A}$ and $1\le k\le n-1$? By antichain, I mean ...
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maximum size of a $k$-intersecting family of $[n]$

What is the maximum size of a family of subsets of $[n]:=\{1,2,3,\dots,n\}$ say $\mathcal{A}$ such that $\mid A\cap B\mid \ge k$ where $A,B\in \mathcal{A}$ and $1\le k\le n-1$? This not ...
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Szemeredi Trotter and additive combinatorics on A+AA

I am trying to get a lower bound on $|A+AA|$ where $A$ is a set, and $A+AA=\{a+bc: a,b,c \in A\}$ using Szemeredi Trotter. I would think we need to form lines of the form $y=ax+b$ where $a,b \in A$, ...
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Application of Erdős–Ko–Rado

Here is an interesting question. I believe you have to use the fact the Erdős–Ko–Rado Theorem tells you $A$ and $B$ are not intersecting, but I am unable to show it: Let $A,B \subset[n]^{(r)}$, ...
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Generalization of Erdős-Ko-Rado where intersections have cardinality in given set

Problem: Let $T\subseteq \{0,\ldots, k-1\}$ and let $\mathcal F\subseteq [n]^{(k)}$ (subsets of size $k$) such that $|A\cap B|\in T$ for $A,B\in \mathcal F$, $A\ne B$. Show that if $n\ge ...