# Tagged Questions

Questions involving the pigeonhole principle, which states that if $n$ items are placed in $m$ containers and $n>m$, then one at least one container has more than one item.

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### Pigeonhole Principle question - sum of natural numbers

Let $f:\{1,2,...,15\} \rightarrow \Bbb N$ be a function such that $\sum_{i=1}^{15} f(i) =100$. $f(15+1)$ is defined to be $f(1)$. I have shown that $14\leq f(i)+f(i+1)$ for some $1\leq i \leq15$ ...
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### Pigeonhole principle, choosing point in a region [closed]

Consider the following region: It is bounded by a regular hexagon whose sides are of length 1 unit. Show that if any 7 points are chosen in this region (hexagon), then 2 of them must be no further ...
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### 51 Dalmatians grouping

Suppose there are 51 dalmatians and number of dots on each dalmatian is not null. Prove (or dis-prove) there is always a grouping such that at least one group has total number of dots as multiple of ...
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### On the distribution of multiples of 7 into intervals of length 11

Say we have two primes, say 7 and 11. We are to consider the positions of the multiples of 7 inside the (7 buckets of) multiples of $11$. So the buckets of 11 are: $[1,11],[12,22],\ldots ,[67,77]$, ...
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### Prove that if a graph has six vertices, then at least one of G or $\bar{G}$ has a subgraph isomorphic to $K_3$

I think this proof is related to proving to Theorem on friends and strangers which can be proved with the pigeonhole principle. But I am at a loss as to what are the holes and pigeons in this case. I ...
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### pigeonhole principle - Oneway Island

There is a group of cities with the follwoing rule: Each city is connected to each city linked by a oneway street: For any two different cities $A$ and $B$ is it you either go directly from $A$ to $B$...
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### Pigeon Hole Principle - proof of d as a positive integer

Let $d$ be a positive integer and consider any set $A$ of $d+1$ positive integers. Show that there exists two different numbers $x, y\ \epsilon\ A$ so that $x \mod\ d = y \mod\ d$ and $x =/= y$. ...
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### Pigeon Hole Principle : For $n + 1$ numbers

My question is : Take $n + 1$ numbers out of $1, 2,..., 2n$ Show that there will be two consecutive numbers My Approach : Using the Pigeon Hole Principle , the $n$ holes are ...
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### $5$ points on a sphere [duplicate]

Diffuse $5$ points on a sphere. Prove there is a closed half-sphere that has at least $4$ points on it.
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### combinatorics - pigeonhole principle - 2

I've advanced a little with this question but I'm not sure that I'm in the right direction. For any set $X$ with $n$ positive numbers, $n>5$, prove the existiance of subset $Y \subset X$ so that ...
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### How many people would you need in a room to ensure with 100% probaility that three have the same birthday?

I am vaguely aware of the Pigeonhole principle and I understand that you would need 367 people to ensure that two people have the same birthday. I think that it may be required to have 734 people in a ...
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### Smallest number of points on plane that guarantees existence of a small angle

What is the smallest number $n$, that in any arrangement of $n$ points on the plane, there are three of them making an angle of at most $18^\circ$? It is clear that $n>9$, since the vertices of a ...
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### show that at least 3 balls have same weight

You are given 49 balls of colour red, black and white. It is known that, for any 5 balls of the same colour, there exist at least two among them possessing the same weight. The 49 balls are ...
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### Show that for any set of 201 positive integers less than 300, there must be two whose quotient is a power of three (with no remainder)

I guess we should not consider the zeroth power of 3 because it is equal to one. Any positive integer is a multiple of 1. Lets define the set S3 of integers that are multiples of 3 strictly less ...
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### Pigeonhole principle: In every set of 100 integers, there exist two integers whose difference is a multiple of 37

What are the pigeons and the pigeonholes and how to prove this statements? At first I tried to the following: There are "100 choose 2" or 4950 pairs of integers. But I don't know how to move further....
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### Pigionhole Principle

Among any group of 3000 people there are at least 9 who have the same birthday. I cant figure out what's the object is and what's the box. And, how to apply it in the principle
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### Problem with $20$ integers less than $70$

20 pairwise distinct integers each less than 70 are taken and their pairwise differences are taken(magnitude of the difference). Show that there always exists 4 equal numbers. I somehow found ...
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### Whether it is the pigeonhole principle?

I had a question, and I am just wondering if it is a question that involves combinations/permutations or the pigeonhole principle. In a class are $20$ students. What is the probability that at least ...
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### Pigeon hole principle

Out of eleven square integers we can pick six integers such that $a^2+b^2+c^2=d^2+e^2+f^2 \,(\mod 12)$ This was probably the toughest question in section b of our maths paper.I knew this question ...
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### Prove that $ax^2 + by^2 \equiv c \ ( \mod{p})$ has integer solutions

Let $p$ be a prime number and $a, b, c$ integers such that $a$ and $b$ are not divisible by $p$. Prove that $ax^2 + by^2 \equiv c \ ( \mod{p})$ has integer solutions Well, this problem can be solved ...
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### Square labeled with same number.

Recently I met this combinatorics problem: "Let all points with integer coordinates in a plane be labeled with one of the numbers $1,2,3,...,n$. Prove that there is a rectangle whose vertices are ...
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### Pigeonhole question about distinct sums

How do I show with the pigeonhole principle that no seven positive integers not exceeding $24$ can have sums of all subsets different. As observed by Ross Millikan, the simplest possible approach ...
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### Pigeon hole principle:Trominoes and chessboards

Heres the question: What is the largest number of squares on an 8 $\times$8 checkerboard which can be colored green,so that in any one arrangement of three squares ("tromino"),at least one square ...
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### Hard pigeonhole principle problem. [duplicate]

Prove that having 100 whole numbers, one can choose 15 of them so that the difference of any two is divisible by 7.
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### prove that every lossless compression algorithm must result in increasing the file size for some inputs.? [closed]

Using Pigeonhole Principle prove that every lossless compression algorithm must result in increasing the file size for some inputs.?
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### How would you prove this theory of computation problem?

I have trouble proving the following statement, I'm supposed to do it for our theory of computation course but since I've been trying for days I'm looking for a hint : What is the smallest value ...
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### Discrtete math proof by contradiction problem

I have the following problem that I must prove by CONTRADICTION: "Show that if you pick three socks from a drawer containing just blue socks and black socks, you must get either a pair of blue socks ...
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### Pigeonhole Principle : $mn+1$ pigeons into $n$ holes.

If you have to put $n+1$ pigeons into $n$ holes, according to Pigeonhole principle, you will have to put two pigeons into the same hole. But what if you have to put $mn+1$ pigeons into $n$ holes? (...
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### Pigeonhole principle application

Say there are $p_{1}$ red balls and $p_{2}$ green balls. We put all the balls in a circle with $p_{1}+p_{2}$ places in total. It is forbidden that a ball (red or green) is placed between two red balls....
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### Using the pigeonhole principle to prove there is at least a sum of numbers bigger than 29.

There is a circumference with 14 points $\{p_{1}, p_{2}, ... p_{14}\}$. These points are assigned numbers 1 to 14 randomly. It must be proven that if points are taken three-by-three, these triplets ...
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### Pigeonhole Principle and Sets

Can anyone point me in the right direction for this homework question? I know what the pigeonhole principle is but don't see how it helps :( Let $n\geqslant 1$ be an integer and consider the set S = {...
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### Prove that any set of 2015 numbers has a subset who's sum is divisible by 2015

I assume this is correct to any size set, not 2015 in particular... it's obviously true for 2. I know from pen and paper it's true for 3, and 4.... I understand that I should look at the reminders, ...
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### A problem about pigeonhole principle or graph.

Let $A=\{1,2,...,n\}$, where $\binom{n}{3}\geq n+1$. Let $A_1,A_2,...,A_{n+1}$ be distinct subsets of $A$ such that $\bigcup_{i=1}^{n+1}A_i=A$ and $n(A_i)=3$ for all $i$. How to prove or disprove that ...
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### Mantissa of $\pi$ and pigeonhole

It might be worth noting that this is a "pigeonhole principle" problem, but I'm not sure how to use PHP with it. The mantissa of $\pi$ is the fractional part of it (i.e. everything after the decimal ...
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### Chessboard Pigeonhole Question

"Each square of a 4-by-19 chessboard is colored either green, yellow or red. Prove that the board must contain a rectangle consisting of at least four squares, and such that its four corner squares ...
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### Seeking Feedback on my solution: Maximum area of a triangle inside a rectangle.

I was solving problem 3.3.16 from Paul Zeitz's book "The Art and Craft of Problem Solving." The problem reads Inside a 1 x 1 square, 101 points are placed.Show that some three of them form a ...
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### Pigeonhole Principle Party Question [duplicate]

I have this question in my assignment that I am not able to solve: In a conference where $n$ representatives attend, if $1$ of any $4$ of the attendants shake hands with the other $3$, prove that $1$ ...
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### Pigeon-hole with the sum of 3 numbers

In any set consisting of exactly 7 different numbers chosen from the first 9 positive whole numbers, there are always 3 different numbers whose sum is 15. Is this true or false? There's a follow-up ...
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### Pigeon Hole Question

Work shown below. "Suppose that the numbers 1 ,2 ,3 ,…,12 are randomly distributed around a circle. Prove or disprove each of the following assertions: a) There must be three neighbors whose sum is ...
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### Are there rigorous formulation and proof of the pigeonhole principle?

The well known and intuitive pigeonhole principle states that if $n$ items are put in $m$ containers, and $n>m$, then there is at least one container which has more than one object. I've always ...
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### Pigeon-Hole Problem

Let $p$ and $q$ be two positive integers so that the largest common divisor of $p$ and $q$ is 1. Prove that for any non-negative integers $s\leq p-1$ and $t\leq q-1$, there exists a non-negative ...
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### How the cardinality of $\mathbb{R^+}$ and $\mathbb{R}$ same?

Let me first confirm you that this question is not a duplicate of either this, this or this or any other similar looking problem. Here in the current problem I'm asking to disprove me(most probably ...
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### Is this question a pigeon hole question?

How many integers must you pick in order to be sure that at least two of them have the same remainder when divided by 15? Explain. It seems like this is similar to the birthday pigeon hole example. ...
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### pidgeonhole problem need assistance

Suppose you have a sequence 2014, 20142014, 201420142014, . . . Show that there is an element in this sequence such that it is divisible by 2013. This is a problem I had on an exam and I know that ...
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### Need a hint with permutations and pigeonhole-principle question

let $\pi_1,\pi_2,\pi_3\in S_{28}$. Help me prove that there are two sub-sequences of 28 with length 4 $i_1< i_2 <i_3<i_4,\ and\ \ j_1<j_2<j_3<j_4$ so that $\pi_q(i_n)=\pi_p(j_n)$ ...
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### Need hint about with pigeonhole principle problem

$a_i$ and $b_i$ are two sequences with $2n$ elements where $\forall i:\ 1\leq i\leq 2n\implies\ 1 \leq a_i , b_i \leq n$ . I need to show that there are two subsets of indexes $I,J\subset [2n]$ so ...
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### Solution Verification for How Many Class Rooms Are Needed

The Question There are 38 different time periods during which classes at a university can be scheduled. If there are 677 different classes, how many different rooms will be needed? My Work There ...
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### Candidates in an exam

443 candidates enter the exam hall. There are 20 rows of seats I'm the hall. Each row has 25 seats. At least how many rows have an equal number of candidates. My attempt Seat 25 in the first row 24 ...
Show that in a party of $n$ people, there are two people having identical number of friends. I am a beginner at Pigeonhole Principle problems and have produced a solution to this intermediate level ...