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### a question on sum of Gaussian binomial coefficients

I was trying to calculate something and at some point I get the following sum: \sum_{t=0,t \text{ even}}^{s}{s+3n \brack s-t}\sum_{i = 0}^{t/2}q^{2i^2}{t/2+2n-i \brack t/2-i}{n ...
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### Shortest supersequence of all permutations of $n$ elements

Given an alphabet with $n$ characters, what is the shortest sequence that contains all $n!$ permutations as subsequences? A subsequence can be obtained from a sequence by deleting any characters, ...
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### Where in mathematics do these polynomials appear?

Does anyone recognize the following sequence of polynomials? $f_0(x) = x-1$ $f_1(x) = x^2-x$ $f_2(x) = x^4-2x^2+x$ $f_3(x) = x^8-3x^4+3x^2-x$ $f_4(x) = x^{16}-4x^8+6x^4-4x^2+x$ $\vdots$ The ...
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### Cycling through the Zeta Garden: Zeta functions for graphs, cycle index polynomials, and determinants

Zeta functions abound in mathematics. Audrey Terras describes in Zeta Functions and Chaos three zeta functions--the zeta fct. of a projective non-singular algebraic variety; the Artin-Mazur zeta ...
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### series expansion of the q-Pochhammer symbol

The following identity arose while I was working on a recent MO question: $-\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n}\frac{(-x)^n}{1-x^n}=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n}\frac{x^n}{1-x^{2n}}.$ I have no doubt ...
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### Maximal difference between k randomly drawn numbers from 1 to n – Looking for formula to sequence

Hello! I have an interesting problem that seemed simple to me, but I'm unable to solve it on my own. Suppose I am drawing k numbers out of n numbers labeled from 1 to n. Considering all ...