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### A seemingly simple combinatorial object that must have an easy generating function

One more question related to my earlier "Special" meanders.
I am trying to isolate simplest problems related to it. Here is one.
For a composition (i. e. a tuple of natural numbers) ...

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### Inverses of probability generating functions: positivity of derivatives

Let $\mathcal{G}$ be the set of probability generating functions of random variables taking positive integer values, considered as functions on $[0,1]$.
So $G\in\mathcal{G}$ can be written ...

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### Generating function of alternating even terms in the Vandermonde Convolution

I have
\begin{equation}
G(x) = \sum_{i = 0}^{\infty} \sum_{r = 0}^{\infty} (-1)^i \binom{k}{2i} \binom{n-k}{r} x^{2i} x^{r} = \frac{1}{2} \left( (1 + x{\iota})^{k} + (1 - x \iota)^{k} \right)(1 + ...

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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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### Direct proof that a certain generating function is D-finite

Consider the set $T^{2,3}_n$ of all non-planar rooted trees with $n$ leaves labelled by $1,2,\ldots,n$ where each internal vertex can have two or three children. If we think of the binary / ternary ...

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### Closed formula for the generating function of the sequence of powers

Does anyone know of a closed formula for the function
$f_k(x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{n^k x^n}$ ? That is, the generating function of the sequence $1^k,2^k,3^k...$.
It is not hard to see that ...

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### Calculation of one constant similar to MZV

The series arose in the calculation of Mean value of a function associated with continued fractions:
$$C=\sum_{1\le b\le d<\infty}\frac{1}{b(b+d)d^2}.$$
Obviously
$C=C_1-C_2,$
where
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### Generating functions for objects with irrational sizes

A problem I'm investigating concerns a combinatorial class in which the 'atoms' have irrational sizes. It seems likely that this is something that has been considered before, but I haven't been able ...

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### Combinatorial meaning of the functional equation for logarithm

If we set $\exp(x)=\sum x^k/k!$, then $\exp(x+y)=\exp(x)\cdot \exp(y)$. In terms of coefficients it means that $(x+y)^n=\sum \frac{n!}{k!(n-k)!} x^ky^{n-k}$, i.e. just binomial expansion.
Now ...

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### Asymptotic growth rate of coefficients of generating function

how to calculate the asymptotic growth rate of coefficients generating function $T(z)$ satisfied this identity
$T(z)=z+\frac{T(z)^3}{6}+\frac{T(z^2)T(z)}{2}+\frac{T(z^3)}{3}$

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### Solving the difference equation $h(\vec x)\cdot A(\vec x)=\sum_{i=1}^m A(\vec x - \vec e_i)$

I am trying to solve the following difference equation:
$$h(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4) \cdot A(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4)=A(x_1-1,x_2,x_3,x_4)+A(x_1,x_2-1,x_3,x_4)+A(x_1,x_2,x_3-1,x_4)+A(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4-1)$$
with ...

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### Generating function for number of different tessellation checkered rectangle

Let $R_n$ be checkered rectangle sized $n \times 4, n \ge 1$.
Let $a_n$ be number of different $R_n$ tiling with rectangles sized $1 \times 3$.
$\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ $ $\ \ \ ...

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### Puzzling behaviour of a recursively defined sequence of functions

This question arose in connection with another problem that I described earlier in Constructing a generating function using a series with all negative and positive powers of a variable. I had certain ...

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### Is there a nice generating function proof of the following identity?

Consider the Jordan function $J_2(n)$ defined by
$$
J_2(n) = \#\{x \in (\mathbb{Z}/n)^2 \mid ord(x) = n\}
$$
(this is OEIS A007434). One can prove the following identity pretty easily:
$$
\sum_{d \mid ...

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### A diagonal operation on power series

Given a formal power series $f(x,y)=\sum_{n,m\ge 0}f(n,m)\: x^n y^m$ in two variables $x$ and $y$ over some field of characteristic zero, e.g. the field of complex numbers $\mathbb C$, we define a new ...

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### Constructing a generating function using a series with all negative and positive powers of a variable

Trying to count certain combinatorial structures, I arrived at a construction of their generating function through a very inconvenient procedure.
I realize that anybody who will read this has right ...

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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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### Generating function of the Thue-Morse sequence

Let $T$ be the generating function of the Thue-Morse sequence; thus,
$T(x)=x+x^2+x^4+x^7+\dotsb$. It is known that $T$ satisfies the nice
congruence
$$ (1+x)^3 T^2(x) + (1+x)^2 T(x) + x \equiv 0 ...

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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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### p-adic poly-Bernoulli numbers

We can define p-adic Bernoulli polynomials by using q-integral on $\mathbb{Z}_p$ and Taekyun Kim's method.
But how can we define p-adic poly-Bernoulli numbers and polynomials by using integral on ...

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### Another formula for Bell numbers

Here is an observation (thanks to OEIS):
$$\sum_{i=0}^\infty \frac{i^k}{i!}= B_k e,$$ where $B_k$ is the $k$-th Bell number. I might be having reading comprehension issues, but I don't see this ...

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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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### Generating function of a sequence involving reciprocals of binomial coefficients

Question: Is there a closed-form expression for the following sum
$$
F(z,k,r)=\sum_{n=0}^{r} \frac{z^n}{{n+k} \choose {k}}\label{sum}\tag{1}
$$
where $z\in\mathbb{C}$, and $r$, $k$ are non-negative ...

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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 ...

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### Determining the Lambert series for $xq+x^2q^4+x^3q^9+…+x^nq^{n^2}+…$

I am trying to determine the polynomials $P_n(x)$ from
$$
xq+x^2q^4+x^3q^9+...+\ x^nq^{n^2}+...=\sum_{n\geqslant1}\frac{P_n(x)q^n}{1-xq^n};
$$
that is,
$$
\sum_{d|n}x^{\frac ...

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### Is there a nice way to invert this expression?

Let us first define the Euler polynomials to be the polynomials $P_n(q)$ that satisfy
$$
\frac{qP_n(q)}{(1 - q)^{n+1}} = \Big(q\frac{d}{dq}\Big)^n\frac{q}{1 - q}.
$$
For example, $P_0(q) = P_1(q) = ...

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### Involutions on $[0,1]$ given by power series (related to probability generating functions)

Let $A$ be a function from $[0,1]$ to $[0,1]$. $A$ is an involution if $A(A(x))=x$ for all $x\in[0,1]$.
Which involutions $A$ exist such that $A(x)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty a_k x^k$ with $a_0=1$ and ...

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### Restricted partitions with square terms only

Let $P(N,M,n)$ be the number of partitions of $n$ such that each term is $\le N$ and there are at most $M$ terms. So we know the generating function for $P(N,M,n)$ is $ \frac{(q)_{N+M}}{(q)_M ...

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### A particularly “natural” algebraic structure with three commutative, pairwise-distributive operations

EDIT: As mentioned in my answer below, I was mistaken in thinking Dirichlet convolution distributes over ordinary convolution. I'm leaving this question here for reference.
I keep stumbling on the ...

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### Any interesting properties of the matrix $M:=(m_{ij})$ with $m_{ij}=min(i,j)$? [closed]

Do you know any interesting properties on the matrix $M(n):=(m_{ij})$ of size $n \times n,$ where $m_{ij}= \text{min}(i,j)$ ? The matrix $M$ enumerates certain combinatorial objects.

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### Asymptotics of a Bivariate Generating Function

I have the following generating function,
$$G(x,y)=\sum_{n,k \geq 0}a(n,k)x^ny^k = \frac{(y^2-y)x+1}{(y-y^3)x^2-(y+1)x+1}$$
and I am interested in obtaining an asymptotic for the sequence $a(n,k)$ ...

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### How do powers affect asymptotics in generating functions?

Let $a_n$ be a sequence of non-negative real numbers, and $A(x) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_n \frac{x^n}{n!}$ its exponential generating function. Also, suppose $B(x) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} b_n ...

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### Asymptotics of coefficients of implicitely defined generating function

I have two integer sequences $\{a_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$ and $\{b_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$. Explicit formulas for the $a_n$ are known and their asymptotic growth is fully understood. My wish is to also understand ...

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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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### types of generating functions (ordinary, exponential, ???) closed under substitution

A nice feature of ordinary and exponential generating functions is that they are closed under substitution: if $F(z)$ and $G(z)$ both have integer coefficients, then $F(G(z))$ also has integer ...

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### Using Mellin transform for a certain function

In short, I want to use the Mellin transform to obtain the asymptotic behavior of the sequence $D_n = \frac{ [z^n] D(z)} {C_n}$ where
$$
D(z) = \frac 1{2z}\sum_{p \ge 1}C_p \left( ...

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### What is Lagrange Inversion good for?

I am planning an introductory combinatorics course (mixed grad-undergrad) and am trying to decide whether it is worth budgeting a day for Lagrange inversion. The reason I hesitate is that I know of ...

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### Repertory of the different sorts of operads

Many different types of operads have emerged in recent years (symmetric, shuffle, cyclic, anticyclic, coloured, etc.).
I would like, for any of these, list the following data:
Description of the ...

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### Number of trivializations of a trivial word in the free group

Let $M$ be the free monoid on $2n$ generators $x_1,X_1,...,x_n,X_n$ and consider the set $T$ of all those elements of $M$ which map to 1 of the free group on $x_1,...,x_n$ under the homomorphism $\pi$ ...

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### Raising coefficients of a power series to some power

Suppose you are given a power series $P=\sum_{i=0}^\infty{a_nt^n}$. I am primarily concerned with those power series coming from rational functions of the form
$$ ...

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### Generating function for products of laguerre polynomials?

In a quantum physics context, I would like to evaluate $S=\sum_{n=0}^\infty z^n\cos(\pi L_n(x))$ for $z<1$. I found generating functions for squares of Laguerre polynomials but not for any higher ...

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### How to calculate one Cauchy type determinant

As we know, a Cauchy determinant of size n admits the following explicit formula:
$$\det \left(\frac{1}{x _i+y _j}\right) _{1\le i,j \le n}=\frac{\prod _{1\le i < j\le n} (x _j-x _i)(y _j-y ...

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### Generating function for reciprocals of Stirling numbers?

Is there an (ordinary or exponential) generating function for the reciprocals $\frac{1}{s(n,k)}$ of the Stirling numbers of the first kind?
Also, is there some general way to find generating ...

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### Solving a doubly exponential generating function

I am analyzing the average time complexity of some algorithm on some probabilistic model, and I've come to a doubly exponential sequence for which I cannot find corresponding generating function. I ...

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### Proof of closed walk generating function identity

In 'Spectral Conditions for the Reconstructibility of a Graph' Godsil and McKay give a short proof of an identity (Lemma 2.1) that relates the generating function for the number of closed walks ...

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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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### 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}
0 ...

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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 ...