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Questions related to the different ways of expressing an integer as a sum of integers; or, questions related to the subdivision of a set into smaller disjoint sets; questions related to the subdivision of an interval into smaller intervals that intersect only at the endpoints.

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Use of the “Optimality Principle” in a problem regarding maximization of a product indexed by a partition of a natural number.

I am currently reading a paper (Iterated Binomial Coefficients by S.W. Golomb, The American Mathematical Monthly, 1980, 719-727) that makes use of the "optimality principle" in a couple of proofs. One ...
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Find a polynomial with evaluation equal to # of partitions of n into at most k parts

Fix a positive integer $k$. For positive integer $n$ let $p(n;\le k)$ denote the number of partitions of $n$ into at most $k$ parts, and let $p(0;\le k)=1$. (1) Show that there is a polynomial $P(x)$ ...
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Finite partitions of $\mathbb{N}$ and relations betweens sets of natural numbers

Suppose that $R\subseteq \mathcal{P}(\mathbb{N})\times\mathcal{P}(\mathbb{N})$ is a relation such that $(x,y)\in R$ only if $|x|=|y|$. Say that a partition $P$ divides a set $x$ if $x$ is the union ...
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Generating function for writing an even number as a sum of at most k squares

I would like to find the exact number of ways in which $n$ can be represented as a sum of at most $k$ squares such that each term is less than or equal to say, $N$. A generating function for this ...
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