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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Visualizing the Partition numbers (suggestions for visualization techniques)

So Ken Ono says that the partition numbers behave like fractals, in which case I'd like to try to find an appropriately illuminating way of visualizing them. But I'm sort of stuck at the moment, so ...
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How many sets of distinct non-negative solutions are there to $k_1+\cdots+k_n=k$?

How many distinct $n$-tuples with distinct non-negative integer elements are there that add to $k$. For example there are $6$ triples that add to $4$. Namely $(0, 1, 3)$ and its $6$ permutations. ...
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Find all Combinations of 1 and 2 which sums up to k.

I have two numbers $1$ and $2$. I have to print all ordered combinations which sums up to $k$. For example: $k=1$ Its only $1$. $k=2$ It's ${1,1},{2}$. $k=3$ Its ${1,1,1},{1,2},{2,1}$ What ...
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Combinatorics] Partition Numbers

Let $R(n,k)$ denote the number of partitions of $n$ into $k$ (non-empty) parts. That is for example $R(7,2) = 3$ because it can be expressed as $1+6, 2+5$ and $3+4$. Prove that: $R(n,1) +R(n,2) + ...
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Proof of Partitions

Let $|n,k|$ denote the number of partitions of $n$ into $k$ distinct parts. Prove $$|n,k| = |n-k,k-1| + |n-k,k|$$ Workings: LHS counts the number of partitions of $n$ into $k$ distinct parts. RHS: ...
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Algebra and partions of a set

My book in mathematical finance introduces algebras and partitions of a set, in order to explain how information is modeled to the investor. But there is one thing I don't get. They say that for every ...
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Degree distribution of a graph of integer partitions

Consider a graph whose nodes are the integer partitions of $n$, connected by an edge if you can get from one partition to the other by ‘sliding one square of its Young diagram’ – that is, if one ...
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The number of partitions by distinct positive numbers

Let $N>0$ be a natural number and let $P(N)$ denote the number of ways to write $N$ as a finite sum of $a_i$ such that the $a_i$ are strictly decreasing positive natural numbers. There is a paper ...
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Does $A193201$ count the partitions of $n$ of arbitrary dimension?

By my count, these sequences match for $n=0\ldots6$, where partitions that are the same after relabeling dimensions are considered equivalent (i.e., the dimensions are unordered). For example, for ...
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Partitioning a finite set which sums to $n$

Given $n > 1$, we consider the finite sets of positive integers which sum to $n$, and out of these sets we want to maximize the product. For example, given $n = 6$, the set $\{1, 5\}$ does not ...
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Making Change for a Dollar (and other number partitioning problems)

I was trying to solve a problem similar to the "how many ways are there to make change for a dollar" problem. I ran across a site that said I could use a generating function similar to the one quoted ...
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Proving Identities using Partition and Generating Function

I have a problem with these two questions: Let $P_E(n)$ be the number of partitions of $n$ with an even number of parts, $P_O(n)$ the number of partitions of n with an odd number of parts, and ...
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Given the partition list the ordered pairs in the corresponding equivalence relation.

Given the partition $\{a,b,c\}$ and $\{d,e\}$ of the set $S=\{a,b,c,d,e\}$, list the ordered pairs in the corresponding equivalence relation. I'm not really sure how to get started on this and would ...
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Choosing three pairs out of eight items

3 students each choose two problems from a list of eight problems. How many ways can this be done? The answer in the text book gives 8!/(2! 2! 2! 2!), but don't we also have to multiply by the ...
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Demystifying the asymptotic expression for the partition function

A partition of an integer $n$ is a way of writing $n$ as a sum of integers. The partition function $p(n)$ counts the number of distinct partitions of $n$. In 1918, Hardy and Ramanujan proved the ...
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Equivalence classes, relation, partitions

Let $\sim$ be an equivalence relation on M, and $M/{\sim}$ to be the partition of M by $\sim$, and $\sim_{M/\sim}$ to be the equivalence relation by the partition. How do I show that the two ...
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How many ways to merge N companies into one big company: Bell or Catalan?

There's a famous interview question variously credited to Microsoft, Google and Yahoo: Suppose you have given N companies, and we want to eventually merge them into one big company. How many ...
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Generating functions for partitions of n with an even number of parts and odd number of parts, and their difference.

I've been trying to figure this out for more than 10 hours. So far I have, for even number of partitions, $$P_e(x)=\sum_{k\ge1}(x^{2k}\prod_{i=1}^{2k}\frac{1}{1-x^i})$$ and for odd numbers ...
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Existence of finite Darboux sum with infinite partition

I would like to describe the class of all functions $a\in L^1(\mathbb{R},dx)$, such that there exists $\tilde{a}=a$ a.s. and a size $h$ of an infinite partition of $\mathbb{R}$, such that ...
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Partitions without 2

How do I find the generating function for partitions of $n$ that have no part with size $2$? In general, how would I find this for partitions that have no part of size $k$?
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K-way Undirected Weighted Graph Partition with K Vertices Pre-Assigned

I have an undirected weighted graph to be partitioned into k subgraphs with minimal edge weight between the partitions and k of the vertices are constrained to lie in separate partitions. I am ...
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Real Analysis: Show that g is integrable on [a,b] and that $\int_a^b$ $g(x)dx=$ $\int_a^b$ $f(x)dx$

Suppose f is integrable and g is bounded on [a,b], and g differs from f only at points in a set H with the following property: For each $\epsilon>0$, H can be covered by a finite number of closed ...
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Counting problem: generating function using partitions of odd numbers and permuting them

We have building blocks of the following lengths: $3, 5, 7, 9, 11$ and so on, including all other odd numbers other than $1$. Each length is available in two colors, red and blue. For a given number ...
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solving combinatorial problem using partition functions

How many natural numbers less than 99000 have the sum of the digits equal to 8. This is what I tried to do.Let $x_i$ be the ith digit for any $i \in \{1,2,3,4,5\}$. Ways of creating numbers less ...
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Count the number of integer solutions to $x_1+x_2+\cdots+x_5=36$

How to count the number of integer solutions to $x_1+x_2+\cdots+x_5=36$ such that $x_1\ge 4,x_3 = 11,x_4\ge 7$ And how about $x_1\ge 4, x_3=11,x_4\ge 7,x_5\le 5$ In both cases, ...
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number of integer solutions combinatorial problem

Find the number of integer solutions to $x_1+x_2+x_3+...+x_7=23$ subject to $x_1\gt0,x_2\ge3$ and $x_i\gt0$ for all $i\ge3$. This is the given answer in the book: Using the substitutions $y_1=x_1-1$ ...
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Infinite partition of $\mathbb N$ by infinite subsets

I am looking for an explicit partition of $\mathbb N$ with the following condition: $$\mathbb N=\bigsqcup_{i\in\mathbb N}A_i$$ where all the $A_i$'s are infinite. What I mean by explicit is a formula ...
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Special partition of a number $n$

Given any integer $n$, how many ways can it be partitioned in which the number $1$ is not allowed? For instance, if $n=6$, then the partitions obeying the aforementioned rule are $6+0$, $4+2$, $3+3$, ...
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equivalence Relation problem with some conditions

If A be a set with $|A|=n$. if R be a equivalence Relation on A and $|R|=r$, why $r-n$ always be even ?
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Sum of positive integers estimating sum of fractions

Given $m$ fractions adding up to an positive integer $n$ For example: $m=3\\n=10=\frac{30}{6}+\frac{20}{6}+\frac{10}{6}$ How can we find $m$ positive integers that sum to $n$ (a partition of $n$), ...
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Friendly graph partitioning

The question is from the "Introduction to Algorithm" 3rd edition: B-2 Friendly graphs: Reword the following statements as a theorem about undirected graphs, and then prove it. Assume that friendship ...
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Standard form for partitions of $Z_n$

Let $A$ and $B$ be partitions of $Z_n$. Let's say that $A$ and $B$ are equivalent if $A=Bx+y$ for some $x\in{1,−1}$ and $y\in Z_n$. In other words, two partitions are equivalent if one can be obtained ...
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Matrix representation of a partition

Is there a natural way to represent all the partitions of an integer set $\{1,2,3,...,n\}$ as a matrix in the similar way permutations can be mapped to group of matrices?
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Intuition for Euler's Partition Theorem

Euler's Partition Theorem states the following: Every number has as many integer partitions into odd parts as into distinct parts. I played around with small examples (I wrote out the partitions ...
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Partitions without twice odd numbers and where every odd number appears at most once

Let $A=\{2,6,10,14,\ldots\}$ be the set of integers that are twice an odd number. Prove that, for every positive integer $n$, the number of partitions of $n$ in which no odd number appears more than ...
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Partial sums of Nicomachus' Triangle rows produce Stirling numbers of the 2nd kind?

I took partial sums of this triangle OEIS A036561 and found Stirling numbers of the 2nd kind. At OEIS A000392, at the mid-point of the comments section, is a conjecture. I think it's what I found. I ...
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Formula for counting ways to divide a number of people into separate groups

Assume six people at a party. Is there a formula to calculate the total possible combinations? Ie: Six alone. Four together, two alone. Four together, two together. 3 together, 3 others ...
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General term of $(1+x)(1+x^2)(1+x^3)…$?

Is there a closed for the coefficient of $x^n$ in $(1+x)(1+x^2)(1+x^3)\cdots$? If not, then what is the closest to a closed form that anyone has found? (An infinite series that approximates it ...
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How to calculate the number of ways of partitioning n identical objects into r different groups such that each group has same number of objects?

I was solving the following problem, "Given a collection of 10 identical objects calculate the number of ways in which these objects can be partitioned into 2 groups of 6 and 4 objects each" - for ...
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Order on the set of partitions (terminology)

Let $S$ and $T$ be partitions of some set $U$. What is the name for the partition $\{ X\cap Y \mid X\in S, Y\in T, X\cap Y\ne\emptyset \}$? Should it be called the infimum of $S$ and $T$? meet of ...
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Let F be a partition of A. Prove there exists unique equivalence relation R such that F=A|R?

Let F be a partition of A. Prove there exists unique equivalence relation R such that F=A|R? I don't even know how to start. I know to be a equivalence relation R must be reflexive, symmetric and ...
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No simple closed form for Bell numbers

The Bell number $B_n$ is the number of partitions of $[n]$. Unlike other basic combinatorial quantities, $B_n$ has no simple finite closed form. This seems surprising to me. Can anyone explain why ...
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On multiplicity representations of integer partitions of fixed length

This is a follow-up question on the question computing length of integer partitions and it is loosely related with the paper "On a partition identity". Let $\lambda$ be a partition of $n$, in the ...
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Trying to prove that the poset of partitions ordered by refinement is a lattice

I am brand new to lattices/partitions. Given that the set of all partitions of a finite set is a poset ordered by refinement, how does one prove that it is a lattice? I know you have to prove that the ...
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computing length of integer partitions

This is a two-part question. (no pun intended) Part 1 I need to compute the length of each possible partition of an integer $n$. One possible way is to first compute all the partitions and the just ...
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Big O complexity of the partition function derived from this code?

I am not able to calculate the Big O complexity of the partition function given in the code below. I tried to calculate it by estimating the number of nodes in the tree. So far, I've figured out that ...
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Combinatorial identity on partitions

In Stanley's Enumerative Combinatorics, there is the following identity $$\sum_{n \geq k}S(n,k) x^n = \frac{x^k}{(1-x)(1-2x) \dots (1-kx)}$$ where $S(n,k)$ denotes the number of partitions of an ...
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Partitions tending to a constant

$P_{k}(n)$ = the number of partitions of n into k parts. Now, if we fix some $t\ge 0$ , then $\lim_{n\to\infty}P_{n-t}(n)\to$ c, c being some constant. Please help me with this! I believe ...
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Another conjecture about filters and cartesian products

Now I present a similar but different (weaker) question (the difference is a different definition of the set $\Gamma$): Let $U$ be some set. Let $\Gamma$ be the set of all finite unions ...
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Number of partitions of number n and number 3n

On some exam i had task "Show that number of partitions of $n$ on four parts is equal to number of partitions of number 3n on four parts, but each part not greater than $n-1$" So first is $$n = a + ...