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8}, and set S = {(i, j) : i divides j}. We then receive the matrix within the margin, which simply monitors the 1’s. 1 1 four. Numbers back 1 1 1 examine the desk at the left. The variety of 1’s in column j is exactly the variety of divisors of j; allow us to denote this quantity via t(j). allow us to ask how Pigeon-hole and double counting one hundred sixty five huge this quantity t(j) is at the usual whilst j levels from 1 to n. therefore, we ask for the amount 1 t¯(n) = n n 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight n three 2 t¯(n) 1 t(j). j=1 five three 2 2 7 three sixteen 7 five 2 the 1st few values of t¯(n) How huge is t¯(n) for arbitrary n? first and foremost look, this turns out hopeless. for high numbers p we now have t(p) = 2, whereas for 2k we receive a multitude t(2k ) = ok + 1. So, t(n) is a wildly leaping functionality, and we surmise that a similar is right for t¯(n). improper bet, the other is right! Counting in methods offers an unforeseen and easy resolution. reflect on the matrix A (as above) for the integers 1 as much as n. Counting via n columns we get j=1 t(j). what percentage 1’s are in row i? effortless sufficient, the 1’s correspond to the multiples of i: 1i, 2i, . . . , and the final a number of no longer exceeding n is ni i. for that reason we receive 1 t¯(n) = n n t(j) = j=1 1 n n i=1 n i ≤ 1 n n i=1 n = i n i=1 1 , i the place the mistake in each one summand, whilst passing from to ni , is below 1. Now the final sum is the n-th harmonic quantity so we receive Hn − 1 < t¯(n) < Hn , and including the estimates of Hn on web page eleven this offers n i Hn , log n − 1 < Hn − 1 − 1 < t¯(n) < Hn < log n + 1. n hence we've proved the extraordinary consequence that, whereas t(n) is completely erratic, the typical t¯(n) behaves fantastically: It differs from log n via under 1. five. Graphs enable G be a finite easy graph with vertex set V and part set E. we've got outlined in bankruptcy 12 the measure d(v) of a vertex v because the variety of edges that have v as an end-vertex. within the instance of the determine, the vertices 1, 2, . . . , 7 have levels three, 2, four, three, three, 2, three, respectively. virtually each booklet in graph idea starts off with the next end result (that we've got already encountered in Chapters 12 and 18): d(v) = 2|E|. (4) v∈V For the facts think about S ⊆ V × E, the place S is the set of pairs (v, e) such that v ∈ V is an end-vertex of e ∈ E. Counting S in methods offers at the one hand v∈V d(v), because each vertex contributes d(v) to the count number, and however 2|E|, because each side has ends. so simple as the end result (4) seems to be, it has many very important results, a few of with a view to be mentioned as we cross alongside. we wish to unmarried out in 6 1 four 2 three five 7 166 Pigeon-hole and double counting this part the next attractive software to an extremal challenge on graphs. here's the matter: feel G = (V, E) has n vertices and includes no cycle of size four (denoted by means of C4 ), that's, no subgraph . what percentage edges can G have at so much? as an instance, the graph within the margin on five vertices comprises no 4-cycle and has 6 edges. The reader may possibly simply exhibit that on five vertices the maximal variety of edges is 6, and that this graph is certainly the one graph on five vertices with 6 edges that has no 4-cycle.