

A237749


The number of possible orderings of the real numbers xi*xj (i <= j), subject to the constraint that x1 > x2 > ... > xn > 0.


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Also, the number of possible orderings of sums xi + xj (i <= j), subject to the constraint that x1 > x2 > ... > xn. Cf. A231085.
Also, the minimum number of linear matrix inequalities needed to characterize the eigenvalues of quantum states that are "PPT from spectrum" when the local dimension is n (see Hildebrand link).
A003121 is an upper bound on this sequence.
Alternately, the number of combinatorially different Golomb rulers with n markings (BeckBogartPham).  Charles R Greathouse IV, Feb 18 2014
The terms of this sequence would remain unchanged if it were required that each value of xi (and hence each pairwise product xi*xj) be an integer, and the addition of such a constraint suggests a systematic (albeit impractical for larger values of n) way to search through sets of n values of x to find a set that yields each of the a(n) possible orderings of the pairwise products: for x1 = n, n+1, n+2, ..., test every combination of n distinct positive integers of which x1 is the largest. Let M(n) be the smallest integer such that each of the a(n) possible orderings results from at least one combination of integers x1, x2, ..., xn where M(n) >= x1 > x2 > ... > xn; then values of M(n) for n = 2..6 are 2, 5, 13, 29, and 68, respectively.
For any given value of x1, the number of distinct orderings of pairwise products resulting from the binomial(x11, n1) possible combinations of the remaining integers x2..xn provides a lower bound L(x1) for a(n). In general, L(x1) is not monotonically nondecreasing; e.g., for n=6, the (weak) lower bound on a(6)=2608 provided by L(33) is 2428, and L(34)=2423 is weaker still. However  at least up through n=6  each of the a(n) possible orderings results from at least one combination where x1 is exactly M(n); e.g., at n=6, one of the 2608 orderings is missing among all binomial(67,6) = 99,795,696 combinations where x1 < 68, but all 2608 are present among the binomial(67,5) = 9,657,648 combinations where x1=68.
For all n up to at least 6, the number of orderings found among all combinations where x1 < M(n) is a(n)1, and the one missing ordering of the pairwise products is the one in which xj*xn > (x(j+1))^2 for j=1..n1. (End)
Number of paths towards synchronization in the transition diagram associated with the Laplacian system over the complete graph K_N, corresponding to ordered initial conditions x_1 < x_2 < ... < x_N.  Andrea Arlette España, Nov 14 2022


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a(3) = 2 because there are 2 possible orderings of the 6 products a1^2, a2^2, a3^2, a1*a2, a1*a3, a2*a3. Specifically, these orderings are:
a1^2 > a1a2 > a2^2 > a1a3 > a2a3 > a3^2 and
a1^2 > a1a2 > a1a3 > a2^2 > a2a3 > a3^2.


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nonn,hard,more,nice


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