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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Why are asymptotically one half of the integer compositions gap-free?

Question summary The number of gap-free compositions of $n$ can already for quite small $n$ be very well approximated by the total number of compositions of $n$ divided by $2$. This question seeks ...
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Very curious properties of ordered partitions relating to Fibonacci numbers

I came across some interesting propositions in some calculations I did and I was wondering if someone would be so kind as to provide some explanations of these phenomenon. We call an ordered ...
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Ellipse 3-partition: same area and perimeter

Inspired by the question, "How to partition area of an ellipse into odd number of regions?," I ask for a partition an ellipse into three convex pieces, each of which has the same area and the same ...
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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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Feeding real or even complex numbers to the integer partition function $p(n)$?

Like most people, when I first encountered $n!$ in grade school, I graphed it, then connected the dots with a smooth curve and reasoned that there must be some meaning to $\left(\frac43\right)!$ — ...
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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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An Inequality Involving Bell Numbers: $B_n^2 \leq B_{n-1}B_{n+1}$

The following inequality came up while trying to resolve a conjecture about a certain class of partitions (the context is not particularly enlightening): $$ B_n^2 \leq B_{n-1}B_{n+1} $$ for $n \geq ...
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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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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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A question on partitions of n

Let $P$ be the set of partitions of $n$. Let $\lambda$ denote the shape of a particular partition. Let $f_\lambda(i)$ be the frequency of $i$ in $\lambda$ and let $a_\lambda(i) := \# \lbrace j : ...
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Partition of ${1, 2, … , n}$ into subsets with equal sums.

The following is one of the old contest problems (22nd All Soviet Union Math Contest, 1988). Let $m, n, k$ be positive integers such that $m \ge n$ and $1 + 2 + ... + n = mk$. Prove that the numbers ...
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Combinatorial proof of $\sum^{n}_{i=1}\binom{n}{i}i=n2^{n-1}$.

Prove that $$\sum^{n}_{i=1}\binom{n}{i}i=n2^{n-1}$$ I can't find counting interpretations for either of the sides. A hint of "if $S$ is a subset of $\{1, . . . , n\}$ and $S^\prime$ is its ...
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How solutions 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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Prime Partition

A prime partition of a number is a set of primes that sum to the number. For instance, {2 3 7} is a prime partition of $12$ because $2 + 3 + 7 = 12$. In fact, there ...
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Closed-form Expression of the Partition Function $p(n)$

I feel like I have seen news that a paper was recently published, at most a few months ago, that solved the well-known problem of finding a closed-form expression for the partition function $p(n)$ ...
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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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Understanding equivalence class, equivalence relation, partition

Im having difficulty grasping a couple of set theory concepts, specifically concepts dealing with relations. Here are the ones I'm having trouble with and their definitions. 1) The collection of ...
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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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Prove that a set of nine consecutive integers cannot be partitioned into two subsets with same product

Problem: Prove that a set of nine consecutive integers cannot be partitioned into two subsets with same product My attempt: This problem would be solved if it could be proven that 9 ...
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Can every infinite set be divided into pairwise disjoint subsets of size $n\in\mathbb{N}$?

Let $S$ be an infinite set and $n$ be a natural number. Does there exist partition of $S$ in which each subset has size $n$? This is pretty easy to do for countable sets. Is it true for ...
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Identity involving pentagonal numbers

Let $G_n = \tfrac{1}{2}n(3n-1)$ be the pentagonal number for all $n\in \mathbb{Z}$ and $p(n)$ be the partition function. I was trying to prove one of the Ramanujan's congruences: $$p(5n-1) = 0 \pmod ...
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Number of ways to partition $40$ balls with $4$ colors into $4$ baskets

Suppose there are $40$ balls with $10$ red, $10$ blue, $10$ green, and $10$ yellow. All balls with the same color are deemed identical. Now all balls are supposed to be put into $4$ identical baskets, ...
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For what coinage systems does a greedy algorithm not work in providing change?

For the United States coinage system, a greedy algorithm nicely allows for an algorithm that provides change in the least amount of coins. However, for a coinage system with 12 cent coins, a greedy ...
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Recurrence for the partition numbers

I'm reading Analytic Combinatorics [PDF] book by Flajolet and Sedgewick, and I can't figure out one of the steps in the derivation of the $P_n$ — number of partitions of size $n$ (or coefficients in ...
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Average Number of Blocks in a Partition Containing a Large Block

Notation Let $[n]$ denote the set of integers from 1 up to $n$, inclusive. Let $A_n$ denote the average number of blocks over all partitions of $[n]$. Let $B_n$ denote the number of partitions of ...
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Closed form for $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{P(n)}$, where $P(n)$ is the partition function.

Is there a closed form for the following infinite series? $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{P(n)}=1+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{5}+...$$ where $P(n)$ is the partition function.
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Partitioning points with a line

Let $A_{m, n} = \{1, 2, \dots, n\} \times \{1, 2, \dots, m\}$. A straight line would partition the points into two sets. How many ways are there to do it? Let $p_{m, n}$ be that number. Apparently ...
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Identity involving partitions of even and odd parts.

First, denote by $p_E(n)$ be the number of partitions of $n$ with an even number of parts, and let $p_O(n)$ be those with an odd number of parts. Moreover, let $p_{DO}(x)$ be the number of partitions ...
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On problems of coins totaling to a given amount

I don't know the proper terms to type into Google, so please pardon me for asking here first. While jingling around a few coins, I realized that one nice puzzle might be to figure out which $n$ or so ...
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Characters of the symmetric group corresponding to partitions into two parts

Let $n\in\mathbb N$ be a natural number and $\lambda=(a,b)\vdash n$ a partition of $n$ into two parts, i.e. $a\ge b$ and $a+b=n$. In this special case, is there a simple description of the character ...
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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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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 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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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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Combinatorics: Generating Function related to compositions of a number

My goal is to find the coefficients of the generating function for the following situation: The number $f(n)$ is the sum over all compositions of $n$ into $3$ parts of the product of those parts. Fo ...
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Putnam Problem: Partitioning integers with generating functions

We were given the following A-1 problem from the 2003 Putnam Competition: Let $n$ be a fixed positive integer. How many ways are there to write $n$ as a sum of positive integers, $$ n= a_1+a_2+ ...
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Seeking a textbook proof of a formula for the number of set partitions whose parts induce a given integer partition

Let $t \geq 1$ and $\pi$ be an integer partition of $t$. Then the number of set partitions $Q$ of $\{1,2,\ldots,t\}$ for which the multiset $\{|q|:q \in Q\}=\pi$ is given by \[\frac{t!}{\prod_{i \geq ...
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What is the significance of this identity relating to partitions?

I was watching a talk given by Prof. Richard Kenyon of Brown University, and I was confused by an equation briefly displayed at the bottom of one slide at 15:05 in the video. $$1 + x + x^3 + x^6 + ...
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find the least natural number n such that if the set $\{1,2,…,n\}$ is arbitrarily divided into two nonintersecting subsets

Find the least natural number $n$ such that if the set $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$ is arbitrarily divided into two non intersecting subsets then one of the subsets contains three distinct numbers such that ...
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Special Vertex Partitioning

When can we partition the vertices of a graph $G$ into $n$ subsets such that every vertex is adjacent to vertex from every subset? For example, in the following graph, we have partitioned the vertices ...
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For every partition $\pi$ of a fixed integer $n$, $\sum{F(\pi)}=\sum{G(\pi)}$

I need to prove the following question. For every partition $\pi$ of a fixed integer $n$, define $F(\pi)$=number of occurrences of 1 as a summand, and $G(\pi)$=no. of distinct summands in the ...
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Generating function for $r^\binom{n}{2}$

I'm trying to find a closed form of the generating function $$ G(x) = \sum_{n \ge 0} r^\binom{n}{2} x^n $$ for a real number $0 < r < 1$. I found that $G(x) = 1 + xG(rx)$. Any hints where to ...
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Partitions of 13 and 14 into either four or five smaller integers

There are exactly 18 partitions of the integer 13 into 4 parts, as on the left of the table, and also 18 partitions into 5 parts, as on the right of the table: $$\begin{array}{c|c} 10+1+1+1 & ...
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Is there some sort of correspondence between groups and partitions of a set?

Every group action on a set $S$ partitions the set into orbits. Conversely, for every partition of $S$ is there a group action such that the set of orbits of the group action equals the partition? ...
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Young Tableaux as Matrices

These questions are motivated only by curiosity. Take a Young tableau of shape $(\lambda_1,\lambda_2,\ldots,\lambda_n)$, where $\lambda_1 \geq \lambda_2 \geq \ldots \geq \lambda_n$. Is there any ...
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Is there a connection between the 3D random walk constant and the partition function?

In thinking about this question, I took a look at Pólya's random walk constants and was struck by the fact that an expression for the constant for a three-dimensional random walk, ...
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When is the sum of first $n$ numbers equal to the sum of the next $k$ numbers?

When is the sum $1+2+\cdots + n = (n+1) + (n+2) + \cdots +(n+k)$? The easiest solution $(n,k)$ is $(2,1)$. For example, $1+2 = 3$. Do any others exist? Roots of $(n+k)^2 + (n+k) = 2n^2 +2n$ give ...
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How to prove it? (one of the Rogers-Ramanujan identities)

Prove the following identity (one of the Rogers-Ramanujan identities) on formal power series by interpreting each side as a generating function for partitions: ...
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# of partitions of $n$ into at most $r$ positive integers $=$ # of partitions of $n + r$ into exactly $r$ positive integers?

How do I see that the number of partitions of the integer $n$ into at most $r$ positive integers is equal to the number of partitions of $n + r$ into exactly $r$ positive integers?
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Partitioning a natural number $n$ in order to get the maximum product sequence of its addends

Sorry if i ask this question. probably it's already answered somewhere else but i didn't find it. Suppose to have a natural number $n \ge 0$. Given natural numbers $\alpha_1,\ldots,\alpha_k$ such ...