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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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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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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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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Balls and bins counting problem with some indistinguishable balls and cap on number of indistinguishable balls per bucket

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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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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Partition of a basis

Let $V$ be a Eucledean vector space with a basis $S=\{a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n\}$. Denote $U$ be a proper subspace of $V$. Can $S$ be partitioned into the union of proper subsets $S_1,S_2$ such that ...
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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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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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Counting distinct restricted integer partitions of $n$ into exactly $k$ distinct parts less or equal then $M$

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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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 ...
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If S is finite then the equivalence classes will not exceed the size of set S

If S is a finite set and $\sim$ is an equivalence relation on it, then the total number of equivalence classes can never exceed $\vert S\vert$ and it can be any integer number $1\leq k\leq\vert ...
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Partitioning real numbers with sum $1$ to sets

If the sum of a finite number of positive real numbers is $1$ and each of them is less than $x$, then those real numbers can be partitioned into $50$ sets (some of which may be empty) such that the ...
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What is an algorithm for describing the partition of this equivalence relation?

Let $\mathbb{R}$ be the set of real numbers,$ f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ a map, and $E$ the equivalence relation on $ ℝ $ defined by $E = \{(x,y) \in \mathbb{R} \times \mathbb{R} \mid ...
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Quick question for proof on unimodal sequence formula in Enumerative Combinatorics

I am looking at page 238 of Stanley's Enumerative Combinatorics where he says that $\#V_n = \#D_n - \#V_n^1$ because every element in $V_n^1$ appears twice as a value of $\Gamma_1$. Can someone ...
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What are the combinatorial numbers appearing in these repeated derivatives?

Let $f$ be a $C^\infty$-function and define $g(x) = \exp(f(x))$. I am interested in the higher derivatives $g^{(1)}, g^{(2)}, \ldots$ of $g$. Let $\lambda$ be a partition of $n$, i.e. a tuple of ...
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Edge-partition graph into maximum distinctive paths

Is anyone aware of a graph partitioning algorithm in which each partition is a path and where the criteria for partitioning is to maximise the difference between partitions where two paths are ...
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Integer parts of multiples of irrationals

Let $\alpha>0$ and define $$S(\alpha)=\big\{\lfloor n \alpha \rfloor: n\in\Bbb Z^+ \big\}.$$ Here $\lfloor x\rfloor$ is the integer part of $x$ and $\mathbb Z^+$ the set of positive integers. ...
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Show that ~ creates a partition of $M_2(\mathbb{R})$

Let $M_2 (\mathbb{R})$ be the set of 2x2 matrices over $\mathbb{R}$: $$ M_2 (\mathbb{R}) = \biggl\{ \begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ c & d \end{pmatrix} \; \biggm| \; \text{with } a,b,c,d \in ...
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How many ways can $133$ be written as sum of only $1s$ and $2s$

Since last week I have been working on a way, how to sum $1$ and $2$ to have $133$. So for instance we can have $133$ $1s$ or $61$ $s$2 and one and so on. Looking back to the example: if we sum: $1 + ...
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Covering a rectangle of size $n\times1$ with dominos

A rectangle of size $n\times1$ is given. (a) In how many ways the rectangle can be covered with dominoes of size $1\times1$ and $2\times1$? (b) In how many ways the rectangle can be covered with ...
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Number Partitioning of summands

So, I need to partition the number 133 in 1, 2 and 3. Like $$133 = 128*1 + 1*2 + 1*3$$ $$133 = 126*1 + 2*2 + 1*3$$ $$133 = 125*1 + 1*2 + 2*3$$ Where I always must use at least one 1, 2 or 3. I ...
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Number of Partitions proof

How do I prove that the # of partitions of n into at most k parts equals the # of partitions of n+k into exactly k parts? I was trying to improve my ability of bijective-proofs, unfortunately I was ...
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Indexing for partitions

I'm using spatial hashing for broad-phase collision detection and I'm trying to squeeze some more performance out of it. Currently, it creates a new hashset for every partition which works well ...