# Tagged Questions

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### Solving a two dimensional non-homogenous linear recurrence

How one can solve the following recurrence:
\begin{align}
X[i,0] &=0 \quad \forall i =1,\ldots, m\\
X[m,n] &= a_n X[m,n-1]+b_n \sum_{i=k_m}^{m-1}X[i,i] +c_n
\end{align}
Where $a_i\ge 1 ,~ 0 ...

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### Multiplying by irrational numbers in combinatorial problems

This is getting no attention on stackexchange.
Everybody knows that the number of derangements of a set of size $n$ is the nearest integer to $n!/e$.
It had escaped my attention until last week, ...

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### Approximate closed-form solution for a recurrence

Find an (approximate) closed-form solution for $S(m, b)$.
$$S(m,b)=\sum_{i=0}^{\lfloor (e-1)/2\rfloor}{e \choose i}S(m-1, b-i) \quad +
\sum_{i=\lfloor (e-1)/2\rfloor+1}^{\min(b,e)}{e\choose ...

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### References on techniques for solving equations with discontinuous functions such as floor and ceiling?

Here I describe the sort of reference I'm after with a motivating example. I am not seeking solutions to my equations on this forum; I'm quite happy to do that myself. Rather, I'm asking for some good ...

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### Linear Recurrence Relations in 2 Variables with Variable Coefficients

Consider the following recurrence relation:
$$-2a_{n,m} +a_{n-1,m}+a_{n,m-1}=0,$$
where $a_{n,m} \in \mathbb{C}.$I would like a purely combinatorial way to understand the subspace of solutions to this ...

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### A recursive Double sequence related to uniform Cardinal B-spline

Given a sequence $A_n(k)$ defined as follows:
$A_0(0)=1$, $A_0(k)=0$ for all nonzero integers $k$ and
$$A_{n}(k)=(n+1-k)^2A_{n-1}(k-1)+2(n(n+1)-k^2)A_{n-1}(k)+(n+1+k)^2A_{n-1}(k+1)$$
for all positive ...

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### A question on the Laurent phenomenon

This question is motivated by my answer to 109955. It gives a
recurrence relation satisfied by a function $P(n)$ whose terms a
priori are rational functions (of three variables) with complicated
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### On bounding the average cost of top-down merge sort

Let $A_n$ be the average number of comparisons to sort $n$ keys by merging them in a top-down fashion (see any algorithm textbook). It can he shown that
$$
A_0 = A_1 = 0;\quad A_n = ...