By Peter J. Cameron

ISBN-10: 0521451337

ISBN-13: 9780521451338

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Combinatorics is a topic of accelerating significance as a result of its hyperlinks with computing device technology, data, and algebra. This textbook stresses universal recommendations (such as producing features and recursive development) that underlie the nice number of subject material, and the truth that a positive or algorithmic evidence is extra important than an life evidence. the writer emphasizes innovations in addition to issues and contains many algorithms defined only. The textual content may still supply crucial history for college kids in all components of discrete arithmetic.

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7) For Am,n (q) we split the paths into two classes, depending on whether for the largest summand, λ1 < m or λ1 = m. In the ﬁrst case we obtain Am−1,n (q), and in the second (after deleting the top row containing m dots) qm Am,n−1 (q). Hence Am,n (q) = Am−1,n (q) + qm Am,n−1 (q) , and this is precisely recurrence (7). As a corollary we can state the q-binomial theorem generalizing n n (x + 1)n = k=0 k x k . 2. We have n 2 n k n (1 + xq)(1 + xq ) · · · (1 + xq ) = k=0 Proof. k+1 2 q q( )xk . Expanding the left-hand side we obtain n (1 + xq) · · · (1 + xqn ) = bk (q)x k , k=0 where q|λ| .

N} in increasing order, the second line is a unique n-permutation. We call σ = σ (1)σ (2) . . σ (n) the word representation of σ . Another way to describe σ is by its cycle decomposition. For every i, the sequence i, σ (i), σ 2 (i), . . must eventually terminate with, say, σ k (i) = i, and we denote by i, σ (i), σ 2 (i), . . , σ k−1 (i) the cycle containing i. Repeating this for all elements, we arrive at the cycle decomposition σ = σ1 σ2 · · · σt . Example. σ = 12345678 35146827 has word representation σ = 35146827 and cycle form σ = (13)(25687)(4).

Use the previous exercise to prove the “Stirling binomial theorem” pn (x + y) = n k=0 n k pk (x)pn−k (y). 34 Determine the number f (n, k) of sequences a1 a2 . . an of positive integers such that the largest entry is k, and the ﬁrst occurrence of i appears before the ﬁrst occurence of i + 1 (1 ≤ i ≤ k − 1). Hint: f (n, k) = Sn,k . 35 Give a combinatorial argument that the number of partitions of {1, . . , n} such that no two consecutive numbers appear in the same block is precisely the Bell number Bell(n − 1).

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