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### The relationship between Stirling number of the second kind and the polylogarithm

It is shown here on Mathworld's page on Stirling number of the second kind that $$\sum_{k=1}^n S(n,k) (k-1)! z^k = (-1)^n \text{Li}_{1-n}(1+\frac{1}{z})$$ where $S(n,k)$ is Stirling number of the ...
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### A strange sum over bipartite graphs

While mucking around with some generating functions related to enumeration of regular bipartite graphs, I stumbled across the following cutie. I wonder if anyone has seen it before, and/or if anyone ...
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### probabilistic terminology for polynomials with positive coefficients

Given a polynomial $P(x) = p_0 + p_1 x + p_2 x^2 + ... + p_n x^n$ with non-negative coefficients, is there a standard name for (the function of $p_1,...,p_n$ equal to) the variance of an integer-...
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### Difference equation $A(n,x)=p(x)A(n-1,x-1)+q(x)A(n-1,x)$

I asked this question on MSE, but didn't get enough information. If it is a violation of some norms, let me know, I'll delete it. I'm having problem solving this difference equation. Initially I ...
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### An interesting, simple, sequence - surprised to find little material. [closed]

I've been considering this sequence: $$1,2,3,6,12,24,48,96,192,...$$ I've generated the sequence from the rule $$V_n=\sum_{0\leq i \lt n} V_i$$ $$V_0=1; V_1=2V_0=V_0+V_0$$ What interests me most, ...
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### A sequence of generating functions

I came on this sequence of generating functions on trying to count lambda terms (in lambda calculus) $T^{\langle m+1\rangle} = \frac{T^{\langle m \rangle}(z)}{z} - (T^{\langle m\rangle}(z))^2$ with ...
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### Closed form or/and asymptotics of a hypergeometric sum

Dear mathematicians, I am a computer scientist wandering in the deep sea of combinatorics and asymptotics to pursue a recent interest in average case analysis of algorithms. In doing so, I designed ...
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### What are the best known bounds on the number of partitions of $n$ into exactly $k$ distinct parts?

For example, if $n = 10$ and $k = 3$, then the legal partitions are $$10 = 7 + 2 + 1 = 6 + 3 + 1 = 5 + 4 + 1 = 5 + 3 + 2$$ so the answer is $4$. By choosing $k$ random elements of $\{1,\ldots,2n/k\}$, ...
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### Any tips on finding generating functions from recurrence relations involving minimization and maximization?

Any general tips on or examples of finding interesting generating functions from recurrence relations involving minimization and maximization? I'd imagine the case with one term of a minimization or ...
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### Hirzebruch's motivation of the Todd class

In Prospects in Mathematics (AM-70), Hirzebruch gives a nice discussion of why the formal power series $f(x) = 1 + b_1 x + b_2 x^2 + \dots$ defining the Todd class must be what it is. In particular, ...
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### Partitions to different parts not exceeding $n$

Consider the polynomial $(1+x)(1+x^2)\dots (1+x^n)=1+x+\dots+x^{n(n+1)/2}$, which enumerates subj. How to prove that it's coefficients increase up to $x^{n(n+1)/4}$ (and hence decrease after this)? Or ...
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### Coin flipping and a recurrence relation

How can one solve the following recurrence relation? $f(n) = 1 + \frac{1}{2^n} \sum_{k = 0}^n {{n}\choose{k}} f(k)$ $f(0) = 0$ As it happens, I can show $f(n) = \Theta(\log n)$ through other means (...
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### The functional equation $f(f(x))=x+f(x)^2$

I'd like to gather information and references on the following functional equation for power series $$f(f(x))=x+f(x)^2,$$$$f(x)=\sum_{k=1}^\infty c_k x^k$$ (so $c_0=0$ is imposed). First things that ...
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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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### Transfinite Sums Related to a Sequence

Hello, Given a sequence $S$ indexed by the finite ordinals, a limit ordinal $\alpha$, and $k \in \mathbb{N}$, define $S_{\alpha+k}$(the extension of $S$ to $\alpha+k$) to be the sum over the products ...
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### Use of everywhere divergent generating functions

Generating functions are well-known to be much useful in combinatorics. But, maybe just since I am illiteral, all the applications coming in mind deal with power series, which are not just formal, but ...
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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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### Solving a general two-term combinatorial recurrence relation

What is known about explicit (not necessarily closed-form) solutions to the recurrence $$R^n_k= (\alpha n) R^{n-1}_k + (\alpha' n + \beta' k) R^{n-1} _{k-1},$$ with initial condition $R_0^0 = 1$ and ...
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### Infinite graphs as functional operators

Original Question Consider an infinite tree of constant degree $k$. For such a tree we can consider the total number of nodes at depth $n$, $g(f)$, and the total number of paths from the root, $p(f)$...
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### How to extract the diagonal from a bivariate generating function

Let $F(s,t)= \sum_{i,j} f(i,j) s^i t^j$, which is a bivariate generating funcion of the number $f(i,j)$ for some enumeration problem. Sometimes we know about $F(s,t)$, but what we really need is the ...
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### beyond differentially algebraic power series

In a recent question, we learned about the existence of functions that do not satisfy any algebraic differential equation. One nice property of such equations is that there is a good way to ...
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### An example of a series that is not differentially algebraic?

Motivated by this question, I remembered a question I was curious about sometime which I am sure has some easy and nice example for it as well, which I just can't think of for some reason. I want an ...
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### Solving recurrence equation with indexes from negative infinity to positive infinity

In many cases, the recurrence equations that people are solving involves index of only non-negative values. Here I have a recurrence equation which arises from transport of light in an infinite 1D ...
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### How many pairs (M, N) of sets of size n have M + N = {0, 1, …, n^2-1}?

How many pairs (M, N) of sets of size n have M + N = {0, 1, ..., n^2-1}? Manfred Schroeder, in Number Theory in Science and Communication, 4th edition, asks (p. 27): find all pairs of sets $(M,N)$, ...
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### How to compute the rook polynomial of a Ferrers board?

Given a Ferrers board of shape $(b_1,\ldots,b_m)$, we define $r_k$ as number of ways to place $k$ non-attacking rooks (as in Chess). In section 2.4 of Stanley's Enumerative Combinatorics (vol. 1) it's ...
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### Where do I turn for help with generating functions?

Please forgive me if this is inappropriate for MathOverflow. I've been working/playing with generating functions for a little while and may have stumbled upon a new technique or methodology. The ...
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### Euler characteristics and operator indices as exponents for Laurent polynomials

This question is rather vague. Are there any natural situations which involve Laurent polynomials of the form $$\sum q^{a_i}\in\mathbb{Z}[q,q^{-1}]$$ where the $a_i$'s are either Euler characteristics ...
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### Can you find linear recurrence relation for dimensions of invariant tensors?

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional highest weight representation of a (semi)-simple Lie algebra. For each $n\ge 0$ take $a_n$ to be the dimension of the space of invariant tensors in $\otimes^n V$. In ...
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### Asymptotics of a hypergeometric series/Taylor series coefficient.

I was planning on figuring this problem out for myself, but I also wanted to try out mathoverflow. Here goes: I wanted to know the asymptotics of the sum of the absolute values of the Fourier-Walsh ...