By L. Comtet

Though its name, the reader won't locate during this publication a scientific account of this large topic. yes classical facets were glided by, and the real name must be "Various questions of uncomplicated combina torial analysis". for example, we simply comment on the topic of graphs and configurations, yet there exists a truly large and sturdy literature in this topic. For this we refer the reader to the bibliography on the finish of the quantity. the real beginnings of combinatorial research (also referred to as combina tory research) coincide with the beginnings of chance idea within the seventeenth century. for approximately centuries it vanished as an independent sub ject. however the boost of records, with an ever-increasing call for for configurations in addition to the arrival and improvement of desktops, have, past doubt, contributed to reinstating this topic after any such lengthy interval of negligence. for a very long time the purpose of combinatorial research used to be to count number different methods of arranging gadgets lower than given conditions. consequently, a number of the conventional difficulties of research or geometry that are con cerned at a undeniable second with finite buildings, have a combinatorial personality. this present day, combinatorial research can also be appropriate to difficulties of life, estimation and structuration, like every different elements of mathema tics, yet completely forjinite units.

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0 q We only show that the condition is necessary. (For sufficiency, see (Weaver). the beautiful book by [*Moon, 19681 on tournaments, or the papers by [Landau, 19531 or [Ryser, 19641. ) For all XEN let d(x) be the set of arcs issuing from x, IA (x*)1 =si; [18b] follows then from considering the cardinalities in the division cy= 1 &(x1)=&@. On the other hand, for all The classes of G are the connected components of 9. In the case of Figure 19, there are 5 excycles. In this way each map (CENT can be decomposed into a product of disjoint excycles, this result being analogous to the decomposition of a permutation into cyclic permutations.

For p. *+A,=[n], for which & where lAil=ui 1 e (A i) = y. are fixed integers >l, i~[c] and *20. Generalizations of the ballot problem (Theorem B, p. ) (1) Let p, q, r be integers > 1, with q>rp. Show that the number of ‘minimal paths’ of p. 20, joining 0 with the point B(p, q) such that each point M(x, JJ) satisfies y > rx (instead of y>x in Theorem B), equals ‘2 x Fig. 23. stepsjoining 0 with (p, q) satisfies x

7) The number of broken open lines without self-intersections (= the number outside of the polygon, equals (n + l)-’ _ the Catalan number a,,-, of p. 53; so, this number is that of well-bracketed words with (n- 1) letters. ) [Hint: Choose a fixed side, say A,A,; from each triangulation, remove the triangle with A,A, as side; then two triangulated polygons are left; hence d, =d2dnG1 + then check the formula, or use [ISc] of p. p+dn-ld2; of piecewise linear homeomorphic images of the segment [0, l] contained in the union of P with its diagonals) whose vertices are vertices of P, equals 112~~‘.