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Double sum involving binomial coefficients

I came across a sum of binomial coefficients while trying to solve a problem involving $SU(2)$ group integrals. I am not able to solve it, nor I found a similar identity in the literature. I would ...
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Binomial Identity

I recently noted that $$\sum_{k=0}^{n/2} \left(-\frac{1}{3}\right)^k\binom{n+k}{k}\binom{2n+1-k}{n+1+k}=3^n$$ Is this a known binomial identity? Any proof or reference?
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Combinatorial identities

I have computational evidence that $$\sum_{k=0}^n \binom{4n+1}{k} \cdot \binom{3n-k}{2n}= 2^{2n+1}\cdot \binom{2n-1}{n}$$ but I cannot prove it. I tried by induction, but it seems hard. Does anyone ...
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Identity of binomial series with factorial.

I'm looking for a simple identity for the formula: $$ \sum_{n = 0}^{p} \binom{p}{n} \cdot n! \cdot x^n $$ In words, I have $p$ "players" who can choose to play or not (every player is represented by ...
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Number of Permutations with k-inversions and with a single clamped value

This question is cross-posted from math.stackexchange because it might be too technical. Let $S_n$ be the symmetric group. Recall that the number of inversions of a permutation $\sigma\in S_n$ is the ...
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A formula combining Euler $\phi$ and $\gcd$

Let us fix a natural number $N>1$ and $a_1, \ldots, a_n$ natural numbers satisfying $0 \leq a_i < N$, with the property that $1+ \sum a_i$ is divisible by $N$. Let $\phi$ be the Euler totient ...
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An identity involving a sum of binomial coefficients

I am moving through a classic paper (On Average Height of Planted Plane Trees by Knuth, de Bruijn and Rice, 1972), and I would like to trade a weaker result for simpler mathematical tools, because my ...
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Alternating sums of alternate Stirling numbers

Does anybody know of any identities or combinatorial interpretations for alternating sums of alternate Stirling numbers? I am particularly interested in expressions of the form: ...
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Proving generating functions equality

What do you use to prove the following equality (and possibly more general ones of the kind)? \begin{align*}\sum_{r,s,t} \frac{q^{r^2+rs+s^2+st+t^2}}{(q)_r (q)_s (q)_t} z_1^{r+s} z_2^{s+t} = ...
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Converting a recursive definition to an explicit one

Is there an explicit form for $a_x$ (whole numbers x) given that $a_x = \displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{x-1} \binom{x-1}{i} a_i$? I've listed out the first few terms: for $x=0,1,2,3,4,5,6, 7$ we have $a_x ...
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A sum involving derivatives of Vandermonde

Consider the standard Vandermonde $V(x_1, \ldots, x_n) = \prod_{i < j} (x_i - x_j)$. I am intersted in the calculation of the following expression for fixed $k$: $$\sum_i (x_i)^k (d/dx_i)^k V(x_1 , ...
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Open problems and known identities involving sums

As many people here, I know of a few identities involving expressions of the type $\sum_{i}\ f(i)$, with "arbitrarily complicated $f(\cdot)$", as well as closed formulas in some cases. I also know ...
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When does a triangle of numbers have a zero row sum?

Suppose we have a triangle of numbers defined by the recurrence relation $$\left| n \atop k \right| = f(n,k) \left| n-1 \atop k \right| +g(n,k) \left| n-1 \atop k-1 \right| + [n=k=0],$$ for some ...
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Expressions involving Eulerian numbers of the second kind: trying to show $\sum_{m=0}^{n} (-1)^m(m)m!(2n-m-2)!\left\langle\left\langle n\atop m\right\rangle\right\rangle\neq0$ for even $n$.

Considering the success of a previous question involving Eulerian numbers, I thought I might throw this question into the mix. It comes from some localization computations in GW theory, but in this ...
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A = B (but not quite); 3-d arrays with multiple recurrences

Many years ago, I discovered the remarkable array (apparently originally discovered by Ramanujan) 1 1 3 2 10 15 6 40 105 105 24 196 700 1260 945 ...
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Inverse formula for counting marginals

I am interested in a formula which relating two functions over a multiset. I have a multiset $X$ of sets where each element in $X$ is a set $x \subseteq \{1,2,\ldots,m\}$. Now I have two ``count'' ...
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Need help proving that $\sum\limits_{j=0}^{k-1}(-1)^{j+1}(k-j)^{2k-2} \binom{2k+1}{j} \ge 0$

Hello. I have been trying very hard to show that $\sum\limits_{j=0}^{k-1}(-1)^{j+1}(k-j)^{2k-2} \binom{2k+1}{j} \ge 0$ and could not quite get anywhere. This inequality has been verified by computer ...
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(0,1)-matrix congruence: is it known?

[[UPDATE: This work has now been published at SIAM J Discrete Math.: Formulae for the Alon–Tarsi Conjecture.]] By equating two formulae (one congruence by Glynn (1) (which has just appeared) and one ...
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What role does Cauchy's determinant identity play in combinatorics?

When studying representation theory, special functions or various other topics one is very likely to encounter the following identity at some point: $$\det \left(\frac{1}{x _i+y _j}\right) _{1\le i,j ...