## Abstract

A universal cycle (u-cycle) is a compact listing of a collection of combinatorial objects. In this paper, we use natural encodings of these objects to show the existence of u-cycles for collections of subsets, restricted multisets, and lattice paths. For subsets, we show that a u-cycle exists for the κ-subsets of an n-set if we let κ vary in a non zero length interval. We use this result to construct a "covering" of length (1+o(1))(n/κ) for all subsets of [n] of size exactly κ with a specific formula for the o(1) term. We also show that u-cycles exist for all n-length words over some alphabet ∑, which contain all characters from R ⊂ ∑. Using this result we provide u-cycles for encodings of Sperner families of size 2 and proper chains of subsets.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1832-1842 |

Number of pages | 11 |

Journal | SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics |

Volume | 25 |

Issue number | 4 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2011 |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Mathematics(all)