Notes on Introductory Combinatorics

Notes on Introductory Combinatorics

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By (author) Georg Polya, By (author) Robert Endre Tarjan, By (author) Donald R. Woods

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  • Publisher: BIRKHAUSER BOSTON INC
  • Format: Paperback | 206 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Secaucus
  • ISBN 10: 0817649522
  • ISBN 13: 9780817649524
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: 2010 ed.
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,650,021

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"This is a delightful little paperback which presents a day-by-day transcription of a course taught jointly by Polya and Tarjan at Stanford University...One can count on [Polya and Tarjan] for new insights and a fresh outlook. Both instructors taught by presenting a succession of examples rather than by presenting a body of theory...[The book] is very well suited as supplementary material for any introductory class on combinatorics; as such, it is very highly recommended. Finally, for all of us who like the topic and delight in observing skilled professionals at work, this book is entertaining and, yes, instructive, reading." -Mathematical Reviews (Review of the original hardcover edition) "The mathematical community welcomes this book as a final contribution to honour the teacher G. Polya." -Zentralblatt MATH (Review of the original hardcover edition)

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From the reviews: "The purpose of this re-publication was to make modern classics books like this one remain accessible to new generations of students, scholars and researchers." (Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1195, 2010)

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Developed from the authors introductory combinatorics course, this book focuses on a branch of mathematics which plays a crucial role in computer science. Combinatorial methods provide many analytical tools used for determining the expected performance of computer algorithms. Elementary subjects such as combinations and permutations, and mathematical tools such as generating functions and Polya s Theory of Counting, are covered, as are analyses of specific problems such as Ramsey Theory, matchings, and Hamiltonian and Eulerian paths. This introduction will provide students with a solid foundation in the subject. ---- "This is a delightful little paperback which presents a day-by-day transcription of a course taught jointly by Polya and Tarjan at Stanford University. Woods, the teaching assistant for the class, did a very good job of merging class notes into an interesting mini-textbook; he also included the exercises, homework, and tests assigned in the class (a very helpful addition for other instructors in the field). The notes are very well illustrated throughout and Woods and the Birkhauser publishers produced a very pleasant text. One can count on [Polya and Tarjan] for new insights and a fresh outlook. Both instructors taught by presenting a succession of examples rather than by presenting a body of theory [The book] is very well suited as supplementary material for any introductory class on combinatorics; as such, it is very highly recommended. Finally, for all of us who like the topic and delight in observing skilled professionals at work, this book is entertaining and, yes, instructive, reading." Mathematical Reviews (Review of the original hardcover edition) "The mathematical community welcomes this book as a final contribution to honour the teacher G. Polya." Zentralblatt MATH (Review of the original hardcover edition)

Table of contents

Introduction.- Combinations and Permutations.- Generating Functions.- Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion.- Stirling Numbers.- Polya's Theory of Counting.- Outlook.- Midterm Examination.- Ramsey Theory.- Matchings (Stable Marriages).- Matchings (Maximum Matchings).- Network Flow.- Hamiltonian and Eulerian Paths.- Planarity and the Four-Color Theorem.- Final Examination.- Bibliography.