Below is a variant of the problem:

Given that there are $$$N$$$ ($$$1 \leq N \leq 300$$$) nodes.

An integer $$$L$$$ ($$$L \leq N$$$) is also given.

Find the number of ways to construct a graph with the following properties:

The graph is a forest

The largest connected component's size = L

All nodes have degree $$$\leq 3$$$

There isn't any repeated edge

Credits to -is-this-fft-, for the amazing cost function in the comments section. And his blog here: https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/123211

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**Solution**

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I didn't really read most of what you wrote but here is how I'd solve this.

Let's first learn to count the number of labeled trees with $$$k$$$ vertices where each vertex has degree at most 3. We'll use Prüfer sequences. A Prüfer sequence of a tree with $$$k$$$ vertices is an array consisting of $$$k-2$$$ entries. Importantly, each tree corresponds to exactly one sequence and vice versa. Also, every vertex $$$u$$$ appears in the sequence exactly $$$\mathrm{deg}(u) - 1$$$ times.

So we need to count the number of arrays consisting of $$$k - 2$$$ entries such that every vertex appears in the array 0, 1 or 2 times. We will do that with DP: let $$$\mathrm{dp}[i][j]$$$ be the number of sequences where we have already placed the first $$$i$$$ vertices that have length $$$j$$$ now. We'll try to place the $$$i$$$-th vertex now. A sequence of $$$j$$$ elements has $$$j + 1$$$ "slots" where we could insert the instances of the $$$i$$$-th vertex. So,

You can calculate this DP in $$$O(n^2)$$$ time and you'll be interested in the value of $$$\mathrm{dp}[k][k - 2]$$$ for every $$$k$$$. And given what you wrote above, I believe you can take it from here.

Woah, that's cool I didn't really think deep for dp on prufer sequence. Thx for answering. Also I believe that k=1 is a corner case. My blog was long just because I wanted to show some of my ideas, which might be useful for others.