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Simplest form for sum of Binomial Expressions

How difficult is the problem of reducing the number of terms in a sum of binomial expressions? Formally: Given $a_1, a_2, a_3, … a_n$, and $b_1, b_2, b_3, ... , b_n$, where $a_i, b_i \in \mathbb{Z}$, ...
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Does $\binom{2n}{n} \equiv 2 \pmod p$ ever hold?

Well, the title does not tell the whole story; the complete question is: Are there any primes of the form $p=2n(n-1)+1$, with integer $n\ge 1$, such that $$ \binom{2n}{n} \equiv 2\pmod p ? $$ ...
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Does anyone know this sequence of polynomials?

A referee on a paper of mine showed me the following recurrence for polynomials $P_{n,k}\in\mathbb Q[q,q^{-1}]$ for $n\geq 0$ and $0\leq k\leq n/2$. \begin{align} P_{0,0}&=1\\ \text{for $n\geq ...
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Polynomials with presumably positive coefficients

The $q$-Pochhammer symbol $(q) _ 0:=1$ and $(q) _ n:=\prod _ {j=1}^n (1-q^j)$ for $n > 0$ is clearly a polynomial in $q$ which has both positive and negative coefficients when $n>0$. The ...
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Inverse of a matrix with binomial coefficients

Let $a(n,k)=(-1)^k {{2n-k}\choose k}$ for $0 \le k \le n$ and $a(n,k)=0$ else. Then it is known (cf. OEIS A005439 and A098435) that the first column of the inverse matrix of $(a(i,j))_{i,j\ge0}$ is ...
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An inequality concerning non-negative integer matrices with constant row and column sums

[I posted this question on math.stackexchange a few weeks back, but no luck there so far: ...
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Recurrence relation for trinomial Apery numbers

It is well known (Beukers 1987) that the Apery numbers $$A_n\equiv A_n^{(2)}=\sum\limits_{k=0}^n\binom{n}{k}^2\binom{n+k}{k}^2$$ satisfy the fancy recurrence relation ...
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alternating sum with Barnes G functions

Let $B(n)=(n-2)!(n-3)!\cdots 1!$ denote the Barnes G-function. I am pretty sure that $$ \sum_{m=0}^{k^2-1} (-1)^m\binom{k^2-1}m \frac{G(k+n-m+1)}{G(n-m+1)G(k+1)(k^2)!} = n-2k^2-2k $$ when $k$ is ...
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A coincidence concerning Fermat primes, binomial sums, and eta quotients?

Let $w_k$ be a primitive k th root of unity, where k is a power of 2. In response to a question, Robert Israel gave the solution, $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^n}{\binom{kn}{kn/2}} = ...
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How to prove that $\sum_{i=0}^n\frac{(a;q)_i}{(q;q)_i}\frac{(b;q)_{n-i}}{(q;q)_{n-i}}a^{n-i}=\frac{(ab;q)_n}{(q;q)_n}$?

By Cauchy identity, $${}_1\phi_0(a;—;q,z)=\sum_{n\geq0}\frac{(a;q)_n}{(q;q)_n}z^n=\frac{(az;q)_{\infty}}{(z;q)_\infty},\quad|z|<1,|q|<1,$$ we can obtain the $q-$analogue of ...
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Resources on Wolstenholme's theorem

In Wikipedia entry on Wolstenholme's theorem, it says ...
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binomial coefficients and irrationals

The following, probably either currently impossible to deal with, or having a negative solution, arose from an ergodic theory question, presumably itself currently intractible. I am not a number ...
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Sum of binomial coefficients weighted by a lower incomplete regularized gamma function

The following summation turned up in the course of my research: $$S_n=\sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k}\lambda^k P(k,t)$$ where $P(k,t)=\frac{1}{\Gamma(k)}\int_{0}^t e^{-x}x^{k-1}dx$ is the lower ...
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Weighted sum of ratio of partial sum of binomial coefficients

I would like to approximate the following sum when $n \rightarrow \infty$ and $n \gg k$, $\sum_{x = k}^n \sum_{y > x}^n \frac{\sum_{m = 0}^{k - 1} {y - 2 \choose m}}{\sum_{m = 0}^k {y - 1 \choose ...
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Another identity involving sums of (alternating) binomial coefficients.

I have derived two different solutions to the same problem involving computing the expected time to find $k$ swaps when collecting coupons. However to me the two sums, although apparently numerically ...
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Sum of products of binomial coefficients

I have been trying to check that two things are equal for a while now, Mathematica appears to say that they are but I can't for the life of me figure out how to show it (without just saying 'computer ...
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closed form for a series with binomials and primes

does the series $\sum_{n=0}^\infty p^n \binom{x}{p^n}$ have a closed form ? ($p$ prime) this is a special case of $\sum_{n=0}^\infty p^n \left(\sum_{k=p^n}^{p^{n+1}-1}a_k\binom{x}{k}\right)$ with the ...
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Solving a recurrence (with the form of a convolution) involving binomial coefficients

While dealing with a problem related to intersection of hyperplanes I have come across the following recurrence to obtain the values of $K_{j}$ \begin{array}{cccccccccc} 1 & = & ...
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An extrasensory perception strategy :-)

I asked this question at MSE some months ago but I received only partial answers, so I put it here. The following sounds nice for me and I spent a good time during the investigation. But I am a ...
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binomial transform, Hurwitz zeta function

For $j,n\in\mathbb Z_+$, let $$ L_{j,n}^{(t)}= \sum_{m=0}^{n} \Bigl(-\frac 12\Bigr)^{n-m}{n\choose m}{m+j+1\choose m+1} \left( \frac {1}{t+\frac 12}\right)^{m+j+2} $$ and $$ L_{j,n} ...
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Partial sum of binomial coefficients

For some integer $z \ge 2$ and large integer $n$ and $ t=\lceil \log n\rceil $, what is an approximate value for the following partial binomial sum? $$ \sum_{i=0}^{n-t} \binom{n}{i}z^i .$$ Another ...
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Estimating when does a certain binomial sum exceed an upper bound

Given a fixed integer $n > 0$ and $0 \le m \le n$ let us define the numbers $$f_{n,m} = \sum_{i=\lfloor m/2 \rfloor}^m {n-2i \choose n - m -i}{i+1 \choose m - i +1}.$$ For example $f_{n,0} = ...
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Calculating the Shapley value in a weighted voting game.

Given a special case of WVG (Weighted Voting Game) of $a$ 1s and $b$ 2s and a quota q, $ [q:1,1,1,1..1,2,2,..2] $. I need help with calculating the Shapley value of a player with a weight of $2$ and a ...
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Asymtotic Complexity Analysis using logarithms and binomial coefficients

On page 11 of "Smaller decoding exponents: ball-collision decoding" by Berstein et.al. they have the formula \begin{equation}\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} ...
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$q$-binomials in terms of ordinary binomials

Is there a known identity that expresses the $q$-binomial coefficients (also known as Gaussian binomial coefficients) in terms of the (ordinary) binomial coefficients?