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### Probability generating function zero implies random variable is infinite

Let $V$ be a random variable supported on the nonnegative integers (including $\infty$) and $f(x) = \mathbf E x^V$ be the probability generating function. In our model $V$ is the number of visits to ...

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### Higher moments of information and Renyi entropy

For a given discrete probability distribution, Shannon entropy can be though as an expectation value $\langle - \log p \rangle$ (see also: What is entropy, really?, What is the role of the logarithm ...

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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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### Help solving a recurrence relation

For solving a related probability problem, I need to solve the following recurrence relation:-
$q(r,b,L)=\frac{b}{r+b}q(r,b-1,L)+\sum_{k=1}^{L}\frac{r}{r+b}\times\cdots \times ...

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### Matrix Generator for M/M/1 Queue Waiting Time Distribution

I "believe" that generator, $\bf W$, of the waiting time distribution for the M/M/1 queue is given by the following (I'm not sure if this is even correct):
${\bf W} =\left( \begin{array}{ccccc}
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### Are the q-Catalan numbers q-holonomic?

The generating function $f(z)$ of the Catalan numbers which is characterized by $f(z)=1+zf(z)^2$ is D-finite, or holonomic, i.e. it satisfies a linear differential equation with polynomial ...

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### Name for series $\sum f_n x^n / (n! (n+k)!)$

Let $(f_n)_{n\ge0}$ be a real sequence. Then $\sum f_n {x^n \over n!}$ is called the exponential generating function of $(f_n)$.
Let $k\ge0$ be a nonnegative integer. If we add another factorial ...

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### An interesting calculation of derivative

I was trying to get the probability distribution $p(n)$ from a generating function $G(s)$ like this:
$G(s) = e^{a(s-1)^2}=\sum s^np(n)$
I need first to do Maclaurin expansion of the exponential and ...

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### Prove a complicated function (in epidemic spreading search) to be convex

When analyse epidemic spreading, I came across to prove that a complicated function $f(x)$ is convex when $0 \leq x \leq 1$.
\begin{equation}
f(x)=\frac{b_1g'(x) f_1(x)^{n-2}+g'(1) \gamma}{g'(1) ( ...

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### Coupled recurrence relations for generating functions, involving squared arguments

I'm trying to find a solution for the following system of three equations in terms of three bivariate generating functions.
$G(x,y)=b(x,y) \cdot \left( G(x,y^2) + I(x,y^2) \right) +y ;$
$H(x,y)=x ...

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### Monomer-Dimer tatami tilings need better relationships with other math. Summary of results.

A monomer-dimer tiling of a rectangular grid with $r$ rows and $c$ columns satisfies the \emph{tatami} condition if no four tiles meet at any point. (or you can think of it as the removal of a ...

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### What is the number of noncrossing acyclic digraphs?

A noncrossing graph on $n$ vertices is a graph drawn on $n$ points numbered from $1$ to $n$ in counter-clockwise order on a circle such that the edges lie entirely within the circle and do not cross ...

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### Quantities whose generating functions are symmetric

This is inspired by an old Putnam problem from 2005, and a solution given by Professor Greg Martin (a Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia, also a user on MO). The question ...

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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}
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### Ordinary Generating Function for Bell Numbers

In the OEIS entry for Bell numbers, there appears a generating function
$$\sum_{k=0}^\infty B_k t^k = \sum_{r=0}^\infty \prod_{i=1}^r \frac{t}{1-it}$$
However, I could not locate any proof of ...

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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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### Is there a nice way to write the generating function obtained by taking the quadratic coefficients of another one?

Suppose that you have a generating function
$$
f(q) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty a_k q^k
$$
It's not too hard to obtain the generating function
$$
f_{n,m}(q) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty a_{nk + m}q^k
$$
by taking a ...

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### Asymptotic behaviour of sequence

I am interested in the sequence
$$a(n)=\sum_{k=0}^n {p(n-k) \choose k}$$
where $p(n)$ is a polynomial equation.
When $p(n)=n$ this reduces to the Fibonacci sequence, but what about when $p(n)$ is ...

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### Examples of specializations of elementary symmetric polynomials

Let $\mathcal{S}_{x}=\{x_{1,},x_{2},\ldots x_{n}\}$ be a set of $n$
indeterminates. The $h^{th}$elementary symmetric polynomial is the
sum of all monomials with $h$ factors
\begin{eqnarray*}
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### Approaches to implicitly defining generating function

First,every language in Chomsky hierarchy(or c.e.language) corresponds to a generating function,the set of the functions is GF,now,a question : is every generating function with integral coefficient ...

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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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### Laurent polynomials associated to partitions and a $Q$-deformation of $\sigma(d)$

Let $\alpha \vdash d$ be a partition of $d$, i.e. $\alpha = (\alpha_1 \geq \alpha_2 \geq …\geq \alpha_l)$, where $\sum_k \alpha_k = d$. Define a Laurent polynomial in $Q$ as follows:
$$
P_\alpha(Q) = ...

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### How to prove this identity? (Perhaps related to partition) [closed]

How to prove this identity?
$ \sum_{n\ge 0} \frac{x^{n^2}}{(1-x)(1-x^2)\cdots(1-x^n)}= \frac{1}{\prod_{k \ge 0}(1-x^{5k+1})(1-x^{5k+4})}$
I will appreciate it a lot if a solution using method ...

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### Recurrence relation for coefficients of product of generating functions for partition numbers

It is well known that
$$Z(x,q) = \prod_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{(1-xq^n)} = \sum_{m=0}^\infty\sum_{k=0}^m p_{m,k}x^kq^m$$
is the generating function for the number $p_{m,k}$ of partitions of $m$ in ...

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### Are there generating functions of rational or integral solutions of Diophantine equation that

As we know,there are generating functions for c.e.languages which are some retricted rational or algebraic or transcendental functions dependent on the class of languages like regular ...

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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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### Asymptotics and combinatorics

Wright's expansion of
$$
(1-z)^b\exp[A/(1-z)^c], \text{for } A > 0, 0<c<1\tag{1}
$$
is, in the words of the late, great Mark Kac "well known to those that know it well".
(See, for example, ...

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### Is there inverse FFT algorithm for Fourier transform of a integer-valued random variable?

In many applications, it is possible to derive an explicit expression for the
Fourier transform of a random variable $X$
$$\varphi (\theta ) = \sum\limits_{n = 0}^\infty {{p_n}} {e^{in\theta }}$$
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### Hypergeometric sum specific value

How to show?
$${}_2F_1(1,1;\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2}) = 2 + \frac{\pi}{2} $$
It numerically is very close, came up when evaluating:
$$ \frac{1}{1} + \frac{1 \times 2}{1 \times 3} + \frac{1 \times 2 ...

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### An infinite product: combinatorial interpretation

It is an undergraduate exercise to show that the generating function for the sequence of unrestricted integer partitions $p(n)$ is the celebrated infinite product
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### The number of partitions between two fixed partitions

Given two partitions M and N, with $M_i \leq N_i$ for all $1\leq i\leq \max\{l(M),l(N)\}$. Is there a formula for the generating function: $$\sum_{\lambda: M_i\leq \lambda_i\leq N_i} ...

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### Number of 1 in binary representation of n

Let $1(n)$ be the number of digits $1$ in binary representation of number $n$.
For example, $13=1101_2$ so $1(13)=3\\$
Is there explicit form of $\,\,\sum{1(i)x^i} $?
I checked OEIS and didn't find ...

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### Does anyone recognize this generating function [closed]

$a_1=1, a_2=1, a_3=3, a_4=15, a_5=105$
Reccurence formula is
$a_{k+1}=\sum\limits_{\lambda_1+\lambda_2+\ldots+\lambda_s=k,\ \lambda_i\geq1} a_{\lambda_1}a_{\lambda_2}...a_{\lambda_s}{k \choose ...

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### What are the properties of this linear operator?

Suppose $f(x)$ is a function which satisfies the following condition:
$$f(x)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty G(2k)\frac{x^{2k}}{(2k)!}$$
Where the generating function $G(x)$ is a "natural" or "discrete-analytic" ...

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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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### Lagrangean equations for the generating function of quadrangulations

Let $M(z)$ be the generating function of edge-rooted connected quadrangulations, with $z$ marking the number of edges. I derived the following Lagrangean equations for $M(z)$:
$$M(z) = ...

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### Truncated sums of symmetric polynomials; reference request for an algebraic derivation

EDIT: This is a case of being too wrapped up in a formulation
($e_j,p_i,$ and the like) to try something simple. It did not
occur to me to pull exp to the outside in the weeks I have
stared at this. ...

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### Generating function for Random Walk Hitting Time, taking the wrong root

In a calculation of the hitting time for a Bernoulli random walk we have to calculate the hitting time $\tau(1)=\inf\{n\ge 0:S_n=1\}$ to reach $+1$ and the generating function has the recursion ...

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### Generating function for the characteristic function of prime numbers

What do we know about the generating function of $\chi(n)$ (A010051)
$$
f(x) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \chi(n)x^n = \sum_{p\text{ prime}} x^p
$$
for $\chi(n)$ the characteristic function of the primes:
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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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### Rank generating functions on a graded poset and a linear extension of it

Let $A$ be a possibly infinite ensemble and let $\leq$ be a partial order between elements of $A$. We denote $P_{\leq}=(A,\leq)$ the corresponding poset. Furthermore, we suppose that $P$ is graded, ...

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### Does the following operation on modular forms yield something modular?

Let $f(z) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty a_nq^n$ be the fourier expansion of a (quasi-)modular form (with $q = e^{2\pi i z}$). Consider the following related functions:
$$f_{m,k}(z) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty a_{mn + ...

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### Alternating sum of binomial coefficients times logarithm

Trying to find a closed form expression for the following sum, or an asymptotic expression in terms of well known functions (like the Gamma function, for instance).
Let $m,n$ be positive integers ...

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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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### 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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### Given a generating function with “zeros”, can one derive the function for ONLY the “zeros”?

If I have an generating function (GF) --- ordinary or exponential --- defining a series with at least one coefficient equal to zero, is there a general method to find the "inverse GF", i.e., the GF ...

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### Generating function of factorable binary words

A word $w$ on the alphabet $A := \{0, 1\}$ is factorable if
\begin{equation}
w = u^k \mbox{ where } u \in A^* \mbox{ and } k \geq 2.
\end{equation}
Let $L$ be the language of the set of ...

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### Generating functions with all non-zero coefficients equal to one

Inspired by this question, I have been wondering if there are any useful generating functions with all non-zero coefficients equal to one. Obviously, the trivial generating function $\frac{1}{1-x}$ ...

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### Generating series of free PROs

Let
\begin{equation}
G := \biguplus_{p \geq 0} \: \biguplus_{q \geq 0} G(p, q)
\end{equation}
be a bigraded set of generators and $\mathcal{F}(G)$ be the free PRO generated by $G$ (see [1] for a net ...