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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Is the sum $\sum\limits_{j=0}^{k-1}(-1)^{j+1}(k-j)^{2k-2} \binom{2k+1}{j} \ge 0?$

I am trying to prove $\sum\limits_{j=0}^{k-1}(-1)^{j+1}(k-j)^{2k-2} \binom{2k+1}{j} \ge 0$. This inequality has been verified by computer for $k\le40$.
Some clues that might work (kindly provided by ...

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### Generalization of Cauchy's identity

Let $ s_{\lambda} $ be the schur function associated to the partition $ \lambda $.
Cauchy's identity (as in Macdonald) states that
$$
\sum_{\lambda} s_{\lambda}(X)s_{\lambda}(Y) = \prod_{i,j}(1-...

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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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### Partitions-Sum of divisors identity

A few years ago I first read about the marvelous Euler identity:
$\sum_{n\in\mathbb{N}}p(n)z^n=\prod_{k\geq1}\frac{1}{1-z^k}$,
where $p(n)$ is the number of partitions of $n$ ($p(0)=1$ by convention)...

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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: $$\sum_{\lambda: M_i\leq \lambda_i\leq N_i} q^{|\lambda|}$$...

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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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### Generating function for Dyck Words

Hello,
I'm trying to reinvent the wheel here by deriving the formula for Dyck Words of length p+q, that is, p left parens and q right parens. The answer of course is $\binom{p+q}{q} - \binom{p+q}{q-...

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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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### 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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### Generating function related to 2-residues of partitions

Question
Express the following power series in two commuting variables $x,y$ as an infinite product, or a short sum of infinite products:
$$
\frac{P(xy)^2}{(1-x)}\sum_{k=-\infty}^\infty(2k+1)x^{k^2}y^...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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. ...