In the unidimensional unfolding model, given m objects in general position on the real line, there arise 1 + m(m − 1)/2 rankings. The set of rankings is called the ranking pattern of the m given objects. Change of the position of these m objects results in change of the ranking pattern. In this paper we use arrangement theory to determine the number of ranking patterns theoretically for all m and numerically for m ≤ 8. We also consider the probability of the occurrence of each ranking pattern when the objects are randomly chosen.
Keywords.unfolding model ranking pattern arrangement of hyperplanes characteristic polynomial mid-hyperplane arrangement spherical tetrahedron
AMS Subject Classification.32S22 52C35 62F07
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