Problem-Solving Methods in Combinatorics

An Approach to Olympiad Problems

  • Pablo Soberón

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


Every year there is at least one combinatorics problem in each of the major international mathematical olympiads. These problems can only be solved with a very high level of wit and creativity. This book explains all the problem-solving techniques necessary to tackle these problems, with clear examples from recent contests. It also includes a large problem section for each topic, including hints and full solutions so that the reader can practice the material covered in the book.​ The material will be useful not only to participants in the olympiads and their coaches but also in university courses on combinatorics.


functions graph theory invariants olympiad partitions pigeonhole principle

Authors and affiliations

  • Pablo Soberón
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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