[seqfan] Inequivalent ways C_n of coloring a strip of n+1 boxes (...)
Gottfried Helms
helms at uni-kassel.de
Thu Jan 20 23:14:42 CET 2011
Dear Seqfans -
I got a request which I cannot handle myself. Has this been
discussed before or can it be solved by reasonable means? I'd
like to forward any helpful answer to the correspondent.
TIA -
Gottfried Helms
Forwarded message:
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I am a PhD student in Statistical Physics in SISSA and I am studying
percolation theory. I was looking at the problem of finding the number
of inequivalent ways C_n of coloring a strip of n+1 boxes in such way
that adjacent boxes always have different colors.
Numerically I obtained the sequence
C_1=1; C_2=1; C_3=2; C_4=5; C_5=15, up to C_10=115975.
These are Bells number and on Wikipedia article I found your notes.
However it seems that this connection it is not very well known and I
have no idea to who ask about it.
Would you be so kind to tell me if there is a proof that the number of
inequivalent ways of coloring a strip of n+1 boxes in such way that no
adjacent boxes have the same colour is a Bell number?
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