By Ian Anderson

Coherent remedy presents accomplished view of easy equipment and result of the combinatorial learn of finite set structures. The Clements-Lindstrom extension of the Kruskal-Katona theorem to multisets is explored, as is the Greene-Kleitman consequence relating k-saturated chain walls of common in part ordered units. Connections with Dilworth's theorem, the wedding challenge, and likelihood also are mentioned. each one bankruptcy ends with a worthwhile sequence of routines and description recommendations look on the finish. "An very good textual content for a themes path in discrete mathematics."--Bulletin of the yankee Mathematical Society.

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Now E occurs as the initial part of some Ue and F occurs as the 40 1 Combinatorics of finite sets final part of some 11f: thus A occurs in the above sequence as part of YfU,. Thus the sequence contains every subset of S as required. The 2 length of the sequence is F. 2m2(k + 1) = 2(k + 1)( \[k/2]1 However, (k2ir)"22k (tk12k by Stirling's approximation, so that 2m2(k+1) =k . 22'`. k=42". 10, thus proving the theorem. The proof for n odd is similar. 3 A probability result related to Sperner's theorem Another application of the symmetric chain structure leads to an elegant probabilistic version of Sperner's theorem.

Now the Symmetric chains 1 43 strings representing A' and B' are obtained by interchanging left and right parentheses, and it is clear that this interchange applied to the string for A will result in the reversed bracket between C, and C;+, closing with a previous bracket whereas this closing will not take place in the case of B. Thus A' and B' do not have the same closed parts. A similar argument applies if B is not the last set in its chain. We are left with the case when A and B are the first and last members of their chain.

Also, if h < JK then all chains containing a divisor of rank h must contain a divisor of rank h + 1, and so we must have N,,+, , N,,. Thus we have the following theorem. 2 If No, ... , NK are the rank numbers for the poset of divisors of m = pi' ... where K = E; k;, then (i) No -- N, ... 1.... N[K,7 NK and (ii) N,, = NK_,, for each h. In the next chapter we shall find out where we have strict inequalities in (i). Meanwhile we note that the N, form a unimodal sequence and that the largest value taken by any Ni is N[K/21.