## Notes on Introductory CombinatoricsDeveloped 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 Pólya’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.
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"This is a delightful little paperback which presents a day-by-day transcription of a course taught jointly by Pólya 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 Birkhäuser publishers produced a very pleasant text.
One can count on [Pólya 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. Pólya." —Zentralblatt MATH (Review of the original hardcover edition) |

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### Contents

Introduction | 1 |

Combinations and Permutations | 2 |

Generating Functions | 11 |

Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion | 32 |

Stirling Numbers | 41 |

Pólyas Theory of Counting | 55 |

Outlook | 86 |

Midterm Examination | 95 |

Ramsey Theory | 116 |

Matchings Stable Marriages | 128 |

Matchings Maximum Matchings | 135 |

Hamiltonian and Eulerian Paths | 157 |

Planarity and the FourColor Theorem | 169 |

Final Examination | 182 |

Bibliography | 191 |

### Other editions - View all

Notes on Introductory Combinatorics George Pólya,Robert E. Tarjan,Donald R. Woods Limited preview - 2009 |

Notes on Introductory Combinatorics George Pólya,Robert E. Tarjan,Donald R. Woods No preview available - 2010 |

Notes on Introductory Combinatorics George Polya,Robert E. Tarjan,Donald R. Woods No preview available - 2014 |