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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Can someone present a visualization of the partitioning of a $L^p$ space into equivalent classes?

I am a bit confused by what it means for a $L^p$ space to be partitioned into equivalent classes instead of functions. I understand that give two or more functions $f$, $g$, $h,\ldots$ of which are ...
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On the inequality $\frac{1+p(1)+p(2) + \dots + p(n-1)}{p(n)} \leq \sqrt {2n}.$

For all positive integers $n$, $p(n)$ is the number of partitions of $n$ as the sum of positive integers (the partition numbers); e.g. $p(4)=5$ since $4=1+1+1+1=1+1+2=1+3=2+2=4.$ Prove ...
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Which partitions $P$ of $n$ give the row and column sums of some $|P| \times |P|$ $(0,1)$-matrix? [duplicate]

Question: Which partitions $P$ of $n$ give the row and column sums of some $|P| \times |P|$ $(0,1)$-matrix? Someone comes along and gives us the partition $P=\{2,2,3,3,4\}$ of $14$. How can we ...
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Is this determinant identity known?

Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ matrix that is 'almost upper triangular' in the following sense: entries on and above the main diagonal can be whatever they want, entries on the diagonal just below the ...
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Recurrence relation / recursive formula / closed formula for partition numbers (1,2,3,5,7,11,15,22,30,42,…)

I have already read this: Number partition - prove recursive formula But the formula from the above link requires a parameter k which is the required number of ...
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Counting integer partitions of n into exactly k distinct parts size at most M

How can I find the number of partitions of $n$ into exactly $k$ distinct parts, where each part is at most $M$? The number of partitions $p_k(\leq M,n)$ of $n$ into at most $k$ parts, each of size at ...
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What is wrong with my proof by exhaustion?

$n$ colored balls are placed in an urn, with $c$ colors such that there are an equal number of balls of each color. What is the expected number of distinct colors in $k$ randomly picked balls, ...
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k-way graph partitioning with bounded size constraint

A typical $k$-way graph partitioning problem is to partition a weighted graph into $k$ components, with the constraint that all $k$ components have the same size. However, if we drop the same size ...
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What is a simple example that shows equivalence classes constitute a partition?

Can someone illustrate using a simple concrete example that the equivalence classes defined by $\sim$ constitute a partition of a set $A$?
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Prove that family of sets generates partition

Let $X$ be any set. Let $\mathcal{F}$ be family of subsets of $X$ closed under aritrary intersections and complements. Let $P(x)=\bigcap \{A\in\mathcal{F}:x\in A\}$. I need to prove that family ...
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A curious partitions coincidence $\sum_{n=0}^\infty P(n) q^{n+1}$?

Given the partition function $P(n)$ and let $q_k=e^{-k\pi/5}$. What is the reason why, $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty P(n) q_2^{n+1}\approx\frac{1}{\sqrt{5}}\tag{1}$$ $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty P(n) ...
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Writing a Sum of Partition Items in Combinatorial Form

For each partition $\lambda$ we can define \begin{equation} n(\lambda) = \sum_{i \geq 1}(i-1)\lambda_i. \end{equation} According to my book this is equivalent to \begin{equation} n(\lambda)=\sum_{i ...
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Why does the number of ways that $n$ can be summed with at least one $1$ equal the partition function for $n-1$?

For some reason I was counting the number of partitions of $n$ that have at least one $1$ as an addend. The beginning sequence for these numbers, starting with $n=1$, is $\{1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 15, ...
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Partition counting problem with cap on pairwise intersection

Fix $T_1,\ldots T_m$ as pair-wise disjoint $k$-subsets of $\{1,2,\ldots,m\cdot k\}$, so that $|T_i|=k$ and $|T_i\cap T_\ell|=0$. For any $j\le k$, how many sets of the form $\{C_1,\ldots,C_m\}$ are ...
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Partition Function Breakdown

Let $g(n,k)$ be the number of partitions of $n$ into exactly $k$ parts, in which no part is a $1$. Show that $$g(n,k) = g(n-2,k-1) + g(n-k,k).$$ How would I show this?
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The number of partitions of $n$ into distinct parts equals the number of partitions of $n$ into odd parts

This seems to be a common result. I've been trying to follow the bijective proof of it, which can be found easily online, but the explanations go over my head. It would be wonderful if you could give ...
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How to measure similarity of partitions / partitioning?

Suppose a set of elements of finite size. E.g.: $X = \left\lbrace a,b,c,d,e,f,g \right\rbrace$ There are several ways to partition $X$. E.g: $P_1 = \left\lbrace \left\lbrace a,b \right\rbrace, ...
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Counting functions and stirling numbers

Let S= { f | f: A $\rightarrow$ B, |Image(f)|=k}. |A|=m, |B|=n. where k $ \le n, k \le m $ |S|=$ {n \choose k} $ S(m,k) k!. where S(m,k) are the striling numbers of the second kind. What I can't ...
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Decomposition of a Set System into Distributive Lattices

I would like to decompose an arbitrary set system $S$ over a universe $U$ into a number of distributive lattices such that these lattices partition $S$. Now, I am interested in the least number of ...
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What is the 'optimal' equal-area partition of a circle?

What is the (an?) n-partition of a circle that meets the following criteria: The boundaries of each partition can be represented as a union of finitely many finite-piecewise-smooth simple closed ...
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Integer Partitions and distinguishable permutations

I'm not a mathematician but I'm faced with a problem where I can't find an answer, also because I do not know what I shall ask for: I have to deal with partitions of an integer k, only small values, ...
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Partition and Equivalence Relation: In $\mathbb{Z}$, let $m\sim n$ iff $m - n$ is a multiple of 10

Prof. Pinter's "A Book of Abstract Algebra" presents this exercise: Prove that each of the following is an equivalence relation on the indicated set. Then, describe the partition associated with ...
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Minimum number of partitions of a set given list of numbers that can't appear in the same partition

I wish to calculate the minimum number of partitions of a set required given a list of pairs of numbers that cannot appear together in the same partition. Example 1: $$S = [1,2,3,4,5,6]\\[5pt] ...
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intersection of stabilizers of block systems

Lets assume the following situation: $G$ acts regularly on a set $M$. Then there is a bijection between the set of subgroups and the set of blocks containing a fixed element $m \in M$. The blocks ...
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Facing problem to understand the equivalence class concept.

Currently I am trying to understand the equivalence class from the Herstein's book. And I am facing problem to understand the concept and also can't understand the theorem given in the page number 8. ...
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Equivalence relation and equivalence class

I have looked around the internet for an easy to approach - down to earth explanation of equivalence relation & equivalence class but having no success. If any of you can explain in very basic ...
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Meaning of notation $\{x,y\}\subset A$ in a partition

I recently came across this notation: $$\{x,y\}\subset A$$ Where $A\in \mathbb{A}$, and $\mathbb{A}$ is a partition of a non-empty set X. Does it mean that $x,y\in A$? Isn't $A$ a set of elements and ...
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Prove $A_r$ is a Partition

Dr. Pinter's "A Book of Abstract Algebra" presents the following exercise: Prove that each of the following is a partition of the indicated set. Then describe the equivalence relation ...
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Proof of theorem about equivalence classes

I am looking to understand the following theorem, and I am also wondering what is meant by "mutually disjoint", or at least how it's to be understood in the following context: The distinct ...
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Prove: $m$ balls in $\mathbb{R^3}$ cut $\mathbb{R^3}$ into less than $m^3$ connected components.

I need to prove or at least to understand why $m$ balls in $\mathbb{R^3}$ cut $\mathbb{R^3}$ into less than $m^3$ connected components. But I've no idea how to deal with it. I even tried to draw it ...
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what is the number of pairs of partitions of fixed length with a fixed number of like elements

Given a labeling of the set of partitions of $n$ with $k\leq n$ parts (numbering choose$(n,k)$), and comparing all pairs of partitions from this set (numbering choose$(n,k)^2$ since we allow a ...
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Minimizing over partitions $f(\lambda) = \sum \limits_{i = 1}^N |\lambda_i|^4/(\sum \limits_{i = 1}^N |\lambda_i|^2)^2$

I'm trying to characterize the behavior of the the quantity: $$A = \frac{\sum \limits_{i = 1}^N x_i^4}{(\sum \limits_{i = 1}^N x_i^2)^2},$$ subject to the constraints that $$ \sum \limits_{i = 1}^N ...
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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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Partition Generating Function

a) Let $$P(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} p_nx^n=1+x+2x^2+3x^3+5x^4+7x^5+11x^6+\cdots$$ be the partition generating function, and let $Q(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} q_nx^n$, where $q_n$ is the number of ...
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Partition Generating Function (Truncation)

Let $P(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} p_nx^n$ be the partition generating function, and let $P^*(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} p^*_nx^n$, where $$p^*_n = \binom{\text{number of partitions of }n}{\text{into an even ...
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Maximal Triangle Partitioning in n lines

Recently I was given the following problem at work: Given a 5 pointed star, draw two straight lines through it so that there are 10 minimal triangles within the drawing. It took some work but I ...
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Generating Functions Partitions

Let $U(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} u_nx^n$, where $u_n$ is the number of partitions of $n$ into at most two parts. For example, $u_4=3$ because $4$ can be partitioned into at most two parts as $4$, $3+1$, ...
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Generating Functions Proof

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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Write a number N as a sum of K numbers

I need to find the no of ways of partitioning a number N as a sum of K non-negative numbers. Zeroes are also needed to be included in the sum. Ordering does matter. Example- For $N=2,K=3 $ ...
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Prove: In $\mathbb{Z}$, m ~ n iff $|m|=|n|$

Prof. Pinter's "A Book of Abstract Algebra" presents this exercise: Prove that each of the following is an equivalence relation on the indicated set. Then describe the partition associated with ...
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How many possibilities of writing a natural number $M$ as a sum of $N$ natural numbers between $0$ and $M$?

How many possibilities are there of writing a natural number $M$ as a sum of $N$ natural numbers between $0$ and $M$? For example, I need to write $4$, using $4$ numbers between $0$ and $4$. The ...
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Prove: $\lbrace A_r : r \in \mathbb{R}\rbrace$ is a partition of $\mathbb{R} \times \mathbb{R}$

Given the following: For each $r \in \mathbb{R}$, let $A_r = \lbrace(x,y) \in \mathbb{R} \times\mathbb{R} : x - y = r\rbrace$ Prove: $\lbrace A_r : r \in \mathbb{R}\rbrace$ is a partition of ...
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Prove: $\langle A_0, A_1, A_2, A_3, A_4 \rangle$ is a partition of $\mathbb{Z}$

The following exercise from Dr. Pinter's "A Book of Abstract Algebra" presents this exercise: Prove that each of the following is a partition of the indicated set. Then describe the equivalence ...
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An expression to represent all possible arrangments of a set of length n into 3 (infintely sized) bins?

I have a set, A = {1,2} And I generate a set, B, of all possible arrangements of the above set across 3 "bins" (note where 1 and 2 are together, they are summed): ...
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Prove $\lbrace A_n : n \in \mathbb{Z}\rbrace$ is a partition of $\mathbb{Q}$

Dr. Pinter's "A Book of Abstract Algebra" presents the following exercise: Prove that each of the following is a partition of the indicated set. Then describe the equivalence relation with that ...
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Integer partitioning

Suppose we have an integer $n$. I we want to partition the integer in the form of $2$ and $3$ only; i.e., $10$ can be partitioned in the form $2+2+2+2+2$ and $2+2+3+3$. So, given an integer, how to ...
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Problem for number theory

Here it is: $c , n \in \mathbb{N}$ and $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n \in \mathbb{N}\cup \{0\}$ $c= 1 x_1 + 2 x_2 + \ldots + n x_n$ How many solutions $\{x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n\}$ are there? I do not know number ...
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The fibres of a map form a partition of the domain.

This is a question from the free Harvard online abstract algebra lectures. I'm posting my solutions here to get some feedback on them. For a fuller explanation, see this post. This problem is from ...
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Relation between singular/eigen values of PCA partition with singular value of all the data

I'm trying to find a relationship between the singular values (or eigen values) of data with the singular value of a partition of that data obtained as follows. The data is partitioned based on the ...
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Proof of the duality of the dominance order on partitions

Could anyone provide me with a nice proof that the dominance order $\leq$ on partitions of an integer $n$ satisfies the following: if $\lambda, \tau$ are 2 partitions of $n$, then $\lambda \leq \tau ...