General position

A problem instance is said to be in general position if certain algebraic coincidences (depending on the problem at hand) do not occur. For point sets in Rd, this usually means that no k points are on a (k-2)-flat.

Generating Function

If {a0, a1, a2, a3 ...} is a sequence of numbers, it's generating function is the power series f(x) = a0 + a1 x + a2 x2 + a3 x3 ...

For instance the generating function for the sequence {1,2,3,4...} is (1-x)-2


The girth of a graph is the length of the smallest cycle in the graph that doesn't repeat vertices. The tetrahedron is girth 3, the cube and K(3,3) are girth four, the Petersen graph is girth 5.


A set N of nodes, together with a multi-set E of pairs of nodes called edges.


A group G consists of a set of elements together with a (one) binary associative operation subject to the following additional constraints:

A- B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

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