Detailed information 
Original study plan 
Master's programme Computational Mathematics 2024W 
Objectives 
Fundamental methods of Algebraic Combinatorics with special emphasis on the concept of group action.

Subject 
Fundamental objects of Enumerative Combinatorics are labeled and unlabeled structures; for example, labeled and unlabeled trees or graphs.
Usually the unlabeled feature is induced by underlying symmetries which,
in proper mathematical specification, are made explicit by using the concept of group action.
The action of groups on sets was introduced as a general mathematical paradigm by Felix Klein in his Erlangen Program published in 1872.
Wikipedia:
"The longterm effects of the Erlangen Program can be seen all over pure mathematics [...] using groups of symmetry has become standard in physics."
The course introduces to this fundamental mathematical concept along combinatorial problems like: In how many different ways can one color a cube using three different colors for its faces? Applications like
counting chemical isomers use Polya theory which connects groups to other algebraic objects such as multivariate polynomials and generating functions.

Criteria for evaluation 
Depending on the number of participants: oral or written examination at the end of the semester

Methods 
Blackboard lectures; distribution of "home works", which are dealt with in the exercises. Use of computer algebra systems like Mathematica or Sage.

Language 
English 
Study material 
Textbooks like "Applied Finite Group Actions" by Adalbert Kerber.

Changing subject? 
No 
Corresponding lecture 
TMCPAVOAKOM: VL Algorithmische Kombinatorik (3 ECTS)

Earlier variants 
They also cover the requirements of the curriculum (from  to) 404ANDMACOV20: VL Algebraic combinatorics (2020W2023S) 404ALMAVAKOV18: VL Algebraic combinatorics (2018W2020S)
