Discrete Structures and Their Interactions

By Jason I. Brown

© 2013 – Chapman and Hall/CRC

224 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2013-06-24
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About the Book

Discover the Connections between Different Structures and Fields

Discrete Structures and Their Interactions highlights the connections among various discrete structures, including graphs, directed graphs, hypergraphs, partial orders, finite topologies, and simplicial complexes. It also explores their relationships to classical areas of mathematics, such as linear and multilinear algebra, analysis, probability, logic, and topology.

The text introduces a number of discrete structures, such as hypergraphs, finite topologies, preorders, simplicial complexes, and order ideals of monomials, that most graduate students in combinatorics, and even some researchers in the field, seldom experience. The author explains how these structures have important applications in many areas inside and outside of combinatorics. He also discusses how to recognize valuable research connections through the structures.

Intended for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in mathematics who have taken an initial course in discrete mathematics or graph theory, this book shows how discrete structures offer new insights into the classical fields of mathematics. It illustrates how to use discrete structures to represent the salient features and discover the underlying combinatorial principles of seemingly unrelated areas of mathematics.


"The book is a collection of examples, each of which shows either how discrete structures interact with each other or how discrete structures interact with other parts of mathematics. … I am certain I will use some examples I found in this book when I teach combinatorics in the upcoming semester."

—Miklós Bóna, MAA Reviews, December 2013

Table of Contents





Computational Complexity

Discrete Structures—A Common Framework



Properties, Parameters and Operations

Representations and Models

Graphs and Directed Graphs

Graphs and Directed Graphs as Models

Graphs and Other Branches of Mathematics

Preorders and Partial Orders

Finite Topologies and Preorders

Representing Preorders and Partial Orders


Applying Hypergraphs

Modeling Hypergraphs

Complexes and Multicomplexes

Representations of Complexes and Multicomplexes

Applications of Complexes and Multicomplexes

Research Problems


Selected Solutions

Appendix A Set Theory

Appendix B Matrix Theory and Linear Algebra

Appendix C Abstract Algebra

Appendix D Probability

Appendix E Topology

Appendix F Logic


About the Author

Jason I. Brown is a professor of mathematics at Dalhousie University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and has written over 70 refereed articles. His research interests include graphs, hypergraphs, partial order, finite topologies, and simplicial complexes, with a focus on the applications of other fields of mathematics to discrete problems. His mathematical research that uncovered how the Beatles played the opening chord of "A Hard Day’s Night" was featured in various media, including NPR and BBC radio, Guitar Player Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal website.

About the Series

Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Operating Systems / General
MATHEMATICS / Combinatorics