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# Tag Archives: orbit-counting lemma

## Advanced Combinatorics: the St Andrews lectures

Three years ago, when I joined the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews, it was suggested that I might like to give a final year MMath module on “Advanced Combinatorics”. No compulsion. Well, of course … Continue reading

Posted in Lecture notes
Tagged Catalan numbers, chromatic polynomial, cycle index, doocot principle, enumeration, formal power series, Friendship Theorem, Gaussian coefficients, generalised line graphs, generalised quadrangles, IBIS groups, line graphs, Mathieu groups, matroid, Moebius inversion, orbit-counting lemma, projective planes, root systems, strongly regular graphs, symmetric Sudoku, triangle property, Tutte polynomial, weight enumerator
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## Orbital combinatorics

Yesterday I went to Edinburgh to give a colloquium talk about synchronization, including the recent stuff about butterflies. The day before, I had discussed Artur Schäfer’s work with him, and he expressed a hope that if he went to the … Continue reading

## Counting colourings of graphs

Every graph theorist knows that the colourings of a graph with a given number of colourings are counted by a certain polynomial, the chromatic polynomial of the graph. My purpose here is to point out that there is more to … Continue reading

Posted in exposition, open problems
Tagged acyclic orientations, Inclusion-Exclusion, orbit-counting lemma, Petersen graph
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## Remoteness

After the last bit of bureaucratic nonsense, what a relief to turn to mathematics again. Maximilien Gadouleau and I have just submitted a paper about a concept for finite metric spaces somewhat related to domination, which we call remoteness. It … Continue reading