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Apr 11 |
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convergence radius of Pochhammer symbol series
This is not a power series, so it doesn't have a radius of convergence. |
Apr 11 |
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convergence radius of Pochhammer symbol series
Improved formatting and punctuation. |
Feb 20 |
answered | Number of Dyck paths with prescribed number of edges |
Feb 13 |
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A combinatorial identity generalizing identity (3.111) from Gould's book
If we change the upper limit of the sum to $n$ then the sum is the $n$th difference of a polynomial of degree $n-1$ and is therefore 0. The only nonzero term in the extended sum not in the restricted sum is $-1$, corresponding to $m=n$. |
Feb 1 |
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Identity for Power Series and Binomial Coefficients
(2) can be derived from (1) by subtracting 1, dividing by $r$ and taking the limit as $r\to 0$. |
Jan 26 |
answered | Identity for Power Series and Binomial Coefficients |
Jan 20 |
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Probability question involving drawing balls from an urn
One way to do this is with the transfer matrix method. (See, e.g., chapter 4 of Richard Stanley's Enumerative Combinatorics, volume 1.) The basic idea is that as you draw the balls, you keep track of the colors of the last two balls drawn. You can represent the possible transitions as edges in a directed graph with weights that keep track of the number of R's, B's, and triples of each type, so that the numbers you want can be obtained by extracting coefficients from powers of a 4 by 4 matrix, and from this matrix you can get a rational generating function for the numbers. |
Jan 11 |
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Binomial coefficient identity
This identity is also a special case of Vandermonde's theorem. |
Dec 26 |
answered | A recurrence relation on Catalan numbers |
Dec 8 |
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Counting path generating sentences in a specific formal language
For an arbitrary Turing machine there is little or nothing that can be said. |
Dec 7 |
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Nontrivial question about fibonacci numbers?
More generally, for $p\ne 2$ or 5, $F_{n+p} \equiv F_{n+1} \pmod p$ if $(p|5)=1$ and $F_{n+p}\equiv -F_{n-1} \pmod p$ if $(p|5) = -1$. (Here $F_{-1}=1$.) |
Dec 5 |
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A natural sum over multisets (expectation over multinomial)
The generating function $f(x)=\sum_n n^n x^n/n!$ is equal to $1/(1+W(-x))$, where $W$ is the Lambert $W$-function. The denominator has a zero at $x=1/e$ which should enable you to get a good approximation to the coefficients of $f(x)^k$ by standard techniques (see, e.g., Flajolet and Sedgewick's Analytic Combinatorics). |
Nov 30 |
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Dyck paths on rectangles
improved TeX formatting |
Nov 29 |
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Number of Dyck paths with k returns and b peaks
See Emeric Deutsch, Dyck Path Enumeration, Discrete Mathematics 204 (1999) 167-202, section 6.5, sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012365X98003719 |
Nov 28 |
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Inclusion-preserving bijection between subsets of cardinality k and n-k
See also Curtis Greene and Daniel J. Kleitman. Strong versions of Sperner’s theorem. J. Combinatorial Theory Ser. A, 20(1):80–88, 1976. For similar decompositions of other posets, search for "symmetric chain decomposition". |
Nov 11 |
awarded | Yearling |
Nov 2 |
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Combinatorial Morse functions and random permutations
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Nov 1 |
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Where can I buy Napier's Bones/Rods?
I put it in back quotes which works, but puts it in a gray box which I couldn't get rid of. |
Nov 1 |
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Where can I buy Napier's Bones/Rods?
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Oct 31 |
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What are some examples of interesting uses of the theory of combinatorial species?
OK, Joyal described his proof using species, but he used (implicitly) a non-natural bijection; more precisely, he used the fact that the number of linear orders of a finite set is equal to the number of permutations (i.e., sets of cycles) of the set, but the corresponding species are not isomorphic. The proof may have been inspired by species, but I don't think it's a good example of what species are good for. There are other ways to deal with exponential generating functions; the real power of species (at least in enumeration) is its application in enumeration under group action. |