Now with solutions to selected problems, Applied Combinatorics, Second Edition presents the tools of combinatorics from an applied point of view. This bestselling textbook offers numerous references to the literature of combinatorics and its applications that enable readers to delve more deeply into the topics.After introducing fundamental counting
What Is Combinatorics? THE BASIC TOOLS OF COMBINATORICS: Basic Counting Rules. Introduction to Graph Theory. Relations. THE COUNTING PROBLEM: Generating Functions and Their Applications. Recurrence Relations. The Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion. The Polya Theory of Counting. THE EXISTENCE PROBLEM: Combinatorial Designs. Coding Theory. Existence Problems in Graph Theory. COMBINATORIAL OPTIMIZATION: Matching and Covering. Optimization Problems for Graphs and Networks. Appendix. Indices.