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In combinatoricsespecially in analytic combinatorics, the symbolic method is a technique for counting combinatorial objects. It uses the internal structure of the objects to derive formulas for their generating functions. The presentation in this article borrows somewhat from Joyal’s combinatorial species. Consider the problem of distributing objects given by a generating function into a set of n slots, where a permutation group G of degree n acts on the slots to create an equivalence relation of filled slot configurations, and asking about the generating function of the configurations by weight of the configurations with respect to this equivalence relation, where the weight of a configuration is the sum of the weights of the objects in the slots.

We will first explain how to solve this problem in the labelled and the unlabelled case and use the solution to motivate the creation of classes of combinatorial structures. Let f z be the ordinary generating function OGF of the objects, then the OGF of the configurations is given by the substituted cycle index.

In the labelled case we use an exponential generating function EGF g z of the objects and apply the Labelled enumeration theoremwhich says that the EGF of the configurations is given by. We are able to enumerate filled slot configurations using either PET in the unlabelled case or the labelled enumeration theorem in the labelled case.

We now ask about the generating function of configurations obtained when there is more than one set of slots, with a permutation group acting on each. Clearly the orbits do not intersect and we may add the respective generating functions. Suppose, for example, that we want to enumerate unlabelled sequences of length two or three of some objects contained in a set X. There are two sets of slots, the first one containing two slots, and the second one, three slots.

We represent this by the following formal power series in X:. Similarly, consider the labelled problem of creating cycles of arbitrary length from a set of labelled objects X.

This yields the following series of actions of cyclic groups:. The orbits with respect to two groups from the same conjugacy class are isomorphic.

This motivates the following definition.


A theorem in the Flajolet—Sedgewick theory of symbolic combinatorics treats the enumeration problem sedgewiick labelled and unlabelled combinatorial classes by means of the creation of symbolic operators that make it possible to translate equations involving combinatorial structures directly and automatically into equations in the generating functions of these structures. In the labelled case we have the additional requirement that X not contain elements of size zero.


The power of this theorem lies in the fact that it makes it possible to construct operators on generating functions that represent combinatorial classes. A structural equation between combinatorial classes thus translates directly into an equation in the corresponding generating functions.

We now proceed to construct the most important operators. The reader may wish to compare with the data on the cycle index page. This operator, together with the set operator SETand their restrictions to specific degrees are used to compute random permutation statistics.

There are two useful restrictions of this operator, namely to even and odd cycles. This creates multisets in the unlabelled case and sets in the labelled case there are no multisets in the labelled case because the labels distinguish multiple instances of the combinatprics object from the set being put into different slots.

Symbolic method (combinatorics)

We include the empty set analytoc both the labelled and the unlabelled case. This is because in the labeled case there are no multisets the labels distinguish the constituents of a compound combinatorial class whereas in the unlabeled case there are multisets and sets, with the latter being given by. Next, set-theoretic relations involving various simple operations, such as disjoint unions analtyic, productssetssequencesand multisets define more complex classes in terms of the already defined classes.

These relations may be recursive.

The elegance of symbolic combinatorics lies in that the set theoretic, or symbolicrelations translate directly into algebraic relations involving the generating functions. There are two types of generating functions combiantorics used in symbolic combinatorics— ordinary generating functionsused for combinatorial classes of unlabelled objects, and exponential generating functionsused for classes of labelled objects.

The relations corresponding to other operations depend on whether we are talking about labelled or unlabelled structures and ordinary or exponential generating flajklet. The restriction of unions to disjoint unions is an important one; however, in the formal specification analytjc symbolic combinatorics, it is too much trouble to keep track of which sets are disjoint. Instead, we make use of a construction that guarantees there is no intersection be careful, however; this affects the semantics of the operation as well.

The combinatorial sum is then:. With unlabelled structures, an ordinary generating function OGF is used. This should be a fairly intuitive definition. This leads to the relation. In the set construction, each element can occur zero or one times. In a multiset, each sedgewicck can appear an arbitrary number of times. Many combinatorial classes can be built using these elementary constructions.


For example, the class of plane trees that is, trees embedded in the plane, so that the order of the subtrees matters is specified by the recursive relation. Another example and a classic combinatorics problem is ajalytic partitions. The elementary constructions mentioned above allow to define the notion of specification.

Those specification allow to use a set of recursive equations, with multiple combinatorial classes.

A class of combinatorial structures is said to be constructible or specifiable when it admits a specification. An object is weakly labelled if each of its atoms has a nonnegative integer label, and each of these labels is distinct. A good example of labelled structures is the class of labelled graphs. With labelled structures, an exponential generating function EGF is used. For labelled structures, we must use a different definition for product than for unlabelled structures.

In fact, if we simply used the cartesian product, the resulting structures would not even be well labelled. We will restrict our attention to relabellings that are consistent with the order of the original labels. Note that there are still multiple ways to do the relabelling; thus, each pair of members determines not a single member in the product, but a set of new members. The details of this construction are found on the page of the Labelled enumeration theorem.

This is different from the unlabelled case, where some of the permutations may coincide. Cycles are also easier than in the unlabelled case.

An increasing Cayley tree is a labelled non-plane and rooted tree whose labels along any branch stemming from the root form an increasing sequence. Stirling numbers of the second kind may be derived and analyzed using the structural decomposition.

A detailed examination of the exponential generating functions associated to Stirling numbers within symbolic combinatorics may be found on the page on Stirling numbers and exponential generating functions in symbolic combinatorics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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This article is about the method in analytic combinatorics. For the method in invariant theory, see Symbolic method.

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