Coefficients involved in the Binomial Theorem. $\binom{n}{k}$ counts the subsets of size $k$ of a set of size $n$.

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Generating function for binomial coefficients $\binom{2n+k}{n}$ with fixed $k$

Prove that $$ \frac{1}{\sqrt{1-4t}} \left(\frac{1-\sqrt{1-4t}}{2t}\right)^k = \sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}\binom{2n+k}{n}t^n, \quad \forall k\in\mathbb{N}. $$ I tried already by induction over $k$ but i ...
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Limit of $\sum_{i=1}^n \left(\frac{{n \choose i}}{2^{in}}\sum_{j=0}^i {i \choose j}^{n+1}\right)$

I'm trying to calculate the limit for the sum of binomial coefficients: $$S_{n}=\sum_{i=1}^n \left(\frac{{n \choose i}}{2^{in}}\sum_{j=0}^i {i \choose j}^{n+1} \right).$$
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Combinatorial proof of $\sum\limits_{k=0}^n {n \choose k}3^k=4^n$

Using the following equation: $$\sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k}3^k=4^n$$ I need to prove that both sides of the equation solve the same combinatorial problem. It's easy to see that the right side of the ...
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How to prove $ \sum_{k=0}^n \frac{(-1)^{n+k}{n+k\choose n-k}}{2k+1}=\frac{-2\cos\left(\frac{2(n-1)\pi}{3}\right)}{2n+1}$

How to prove $$\sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n+k}{n-k}\frac{(-1)^{n+k}}{2k+1}=-\frac{2}{2n+1}\,\cos\left(\frac{2(n-1)\pi}{3}\right)\;\text{?}$$ I have a proof by induction for it, but it isn't simple! I want ...
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Sum of binomial coefficients $\sum_{k=0}^{n}(-1)^k\binom{n}{k}\binom{2n - 2k}{n - 1} = 0$

How do I prove the following identity: $$\sum_{k=0}^{n}(-1)^k\binom{n}{k}\binom{2n - 2k}{n - 1} = 0$$ I am trying to use inclusion-exclusion, and this will boil down to a sum like ...
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Continuous generalization of $\sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k} = 2^n$?

We know that $$\sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k} = 2^n.$$ A continuous generalization of the formula would be $$\int_0^{n+1} \frac{\Gamma(n+1)}{\Gamma(n-x+1) \Gamma(x+1)} dx = 2^n?,$$ but this is incorrect ...
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Sum with binomial coefficients and a square root

I encountered this sum from working on an integral: $$\sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k}(-1)^{k}\sqrt{k}$$ I don't think it can be written as a hypergeometric function, because of this square root. Does ...
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Prove a combinatorial identity

Prove the combinatorial identity $$ \sum_{n_1+\ldots+n_m=n} \;\; \prod_{i=1}^m \frac{1}{n_i}\binom{2n_i}{n_i-1}=\frac{m}{n}\binom{2n}{n-m}, \enspace n_i>0,i=1,\ldots,m $$ I "discovered" this ...
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Strehl identity for the sum of cubes of binomial coefficients

In 1993 Strehl showed that $$ \sum_k\binom nk^3=\sum_k\binom nk^2\binom{2k}n. $$ I’m interested in a combinatorial proof. Upd (Jan '14). Maybe the original question was too restrictive — I'm now ...
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Show that $ \sum_{r=1}^{n-1}\binom{n-2}{r-1}r^{r-1}(n-r)^{n-r-2}= n^{n-2} $

Show that $$ \sum_{r=1}^{n-1}\binom{n-2}{r-1}r^{r-1}(n-r)^{n-r-2}= n^{n-2} $$ I don't know whether such identity already exists, or has been posted here before. I discovered this identity while ...
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Prove a matrix of binomial coefficients over $\mathbb{F}_p$ satisfies $A^3 = I$.

(This problem is problem $1.16$ in Stanley's Enumerative Combinatorics Vol. 1). Let $p$ be a prime, and let $A$ be the matrix $A = \left[\binom{j+k}{k} \right]_{j,k = 0}^{p-1}$, taken over the ...
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Proving Pascal's Rule : ${{n} \choose {r}}={{n-1} \choose {r-1}}+{{n-1} \choose r}$ when $1\leq r\leq n$

I'm trying to prove that ${n \choose r}$ is equal to ${{n-1} \choose {r-1}}+{{n-1} \choose r}$ when $1\leq r\leq n$. I suppose I could use the counting rules in probability, perhaps combination= ...
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Combinatorial proof of $\sum^{n}_{i=1}\binom{n}{i}i=n2^{n-1}$.

Prove that $$\sum^{n}_{i=1}\binom{n}{i}i=n2^{n-1}$$ I can't find counting interpretations for either of the sides. A hint of "if $S$ is a subset of $\{1, . . . , n\}$ and $S^\prime$ is its ...
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How to compute $\sum\limits_{k=0}^n (-1)^k{2n-k\choose k}$?

I got stuck at the computation of the sum $$ \sum\limits_{k=0}^n (-1)^k{2n-k\choose k}. $$ I think there is no purely combinatorial proof here since the sum can achieve negative values. Could you ...
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Proving a binomial sum identity $\sum _{k=0}^n \binom nk \frac{(-1)^k}{2k+1} = \frac{(2n)!!}{(2n+1)!!}$

Mathematica tells me that $$\sum _{k=0}^n { n \choose k} \frac{(-1)^k}{2k+1} = \frac{(2n)!!}{(2n+1)!!}.$$ Although I have not been able to come up with a proof. Proofs, hints, or references are all ...
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$C(n,p)$: even or odd?

Can we determine if a binomial coefficient $C(n,p)$ is even or odd, without calculating its value? ($p\lt n$, $p$ and $n$ are positive integers)
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What is $\sum_{r=0}^n \frac{(-1)^r}{\binom{n}{r}}$?

Find a closed form expression for $$\sum_{r=0}^n \dfrac{(-1)^r}{\dbinom{n}{r}}$$ where $n$ is an even positive integer. I tried using binomial identities, but since the binomial ...
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Combinatorial proof that binomial coefficients are given by alternating sums of squares?

A student recently asked whether there was a combinatorial proof of the following identity: $\begin{equation*} \sum^n_{k=1}(-1)^{n-k}k^2 = {n+1 \choose 2}. \end{equation*}$ I was in a rush and ...
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Show that $\sum_{k=0}^n\binom{2n}{2k}^{\!2}-\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\binom{2n}{2k+1}^{\!2}=(-1)^n\binom{2n}{n}$

How can I prove the identity: $$ \sum_{k=0}^n\binom{2n}{2k}^2-\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\binom{2n}{2k+1}^2=(-1)^n\binom{2n}{n}? $$ Maybe, can we expand $$ f(x)=(1+x)^{2n}? $$ Thank you.
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Proof of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^4 \binom{2n}{n}}=\frac{17\pi^4}{3240}$

Recently, I was able to prove that $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n \binom{2n}{n}}= \frac{\pi}{3\sqrt{3}}$$ $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2 \binom{2n}{n}}= \frac{\pi^2}{18}$$ But does anybody know ...
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Asymptotics of sum of binomials

How can you compute the asymptotics of $$S=n + m - \sum_{k=1}^{n} k^{k-1} \binom{n}{k} \frac{(n-k)^{n+m-k}}{n^{n+m-1}}\;?$$ We have that $n \geq m$ and $n,m \geq 1$. A simple application of ...
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A relationship between matrices, bernoulli polynomials, and binomial coefficients

We define the following polynomials, for $n≥0$: $$P_n(x)=(x+1)^{n+1}-x^{n+1}=\sum_{k=0}^{n}{\binom{n+1}{k}x^k}$$ For $n=0,1,2,3$ this gives us, $$P_0(x)=1\enspace P_1(x)=2x+1\enspace ...
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A binomial identity

I was wandering if someone knows an elementary proof of the following identity: $$ \frac{(a)_n (b)_n}{(n!)^2} = \sum_{k=0}^n (-1)^k {1-a-b \choose k} \frac{(1-a)_{n-k}(1-b)_{n-k}}{((n-k)!)^2}\ , $$ ...
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Show that $ \sum_{n=2}^m \binom{n}{2} = \binom{m+1}{3}$

I need a hand in showing that $$ \sum_{n=2}^m \binom{n}{2} = \binom{m+1}{3}$$ Thanks in advance for any help.
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Expected Value of a Binomial distribution?

If $\mathrm P(X=k)=\binom nkp^k(1-p)^{n-k}$ for a binomial distribution, then from the definition of the expected value $$\mathrm E(X) = \sum^n_{k=0}k\mathrm P(X=k)=\sum^n_{k=0}k\binom ...
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Combinatorial proof of a binomial coefficient summation.

Let $n$ and $k$ be integers with $1 \leq k \leq n$. Show that: $$\sum_{k=1}^n {n \choose k}{n \choose k-1} = \frac12{2n+2 \choose n+1} - {2n \choose n}$$ I was told this is supposed to use a ...
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Evaluating a sum involving binomial coefficient in denominator

I came across the following sum: $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^k}{(2k+1)^2}\frac{4^k}{{2k \choose k}}$$ I thought that this can be evaluated using the expansion of ...
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How this operation is called?

This operation is similar to discrete convolution and cross-correlation, but has binomial coefficients: $$f(n)\star g(n)=\sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k}f(n-k)g(k) $$ Particularly, $$a^n\star ...
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How prove this $\sum_{k=0}^{n} \frac{\binom{2n-k}{n}}{2^{2n-k}}=1 $

Show that $$\sum_{k=0}^{n}\dfrac{\binom{2n-k}{n}}{2^{2n-k}}=1$$ I think this problem can be solved with nice methods, such as algebraic ones. Or can I use probability methods? Thank you
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Combinatorial interpretation of an alternating binomial sum

Let $n$ be a fixed natural number. I have reason to believe that $$\sum_{i=k}^n (-1)^{i-k} \binom{i}{k} \binom{n+1}{i+1}=1$$ for all $0\leq k \leq n.$ However I can not prove this. Any method to prove ...
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Binomial Sum Related to Fibonacci: $\sum\binom{n-i}j\binom{n-j}i=F_{2n+1}$

How would I prove $$ \sum\limits_{\vphantom{\large A}i\,,\,j\ \geq\ 0}{n-i \choose j} {n-j \choose i} =F_{2n+1} $$ where $n$ is a nonnegative integer and $\{F_n\}_{n\ge 0}$ is a sequence of ...
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Proof: if $p$ is prime, and $0<k<p$ then $p$ divides $\binom pk$ [duplicate]

Question : If $p$ is prime, and $0< k< p$ show that $ p \mid {p \choose k}$ ${p \choose k}$ can be rewritten as: $${p(p-1)(p-2)\dots(p-(k-1))(p-k)! \over (p-k)!\cdot ...
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Asymptotics of the sum of squares of binomial coefficients

We are trying to estimate the cardinality $K(n,p)$ of so-called Kuratowski monoid with $p$ positive and $n$ negative linearly ordered idempotent generators. In particular, we are interesting in the ...
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Fitting a closed curve on the roots of ${x \choose k}-c$

Let $${n \choose k} = \frac1{(n+1) \operatorname{B}(n-k+1, k+1)}.$$ be the generalized binomial coefficient, and here $\operatorname{B}$ is the Beta function. Let $f_{k,c}(x)$ be the following ...
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Proving a certain binomial identity with three parameters

I would like to prove the following identity: $$\sum_{m\geq 0} (-1)^{i-m}{m+k \choose m} {i-1 \choose m-1}{m+k+1 \choose j} = \sum_{m\geq 0} {m+k \choose k}{k+1 \choose i-m}{k+1 \choose j-m}$$ for ...
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Prove that $\exp(\log(\frac{1}{1-x})) = \frac{1}{1-x}$

I am trying to prove this directly by comparing the coefficients in the two series rather than using formal calculus. Here is what I have so far, but I think I made a mistake: \begin{align*} ...
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When $\frac{C(n, k)}{n^{k-1}} > 1$?

I came across this while considering the subset sum problem in relation to another problem. Define the ratio, $$R(n,k) = \frac{C(n, k)}{n^{k-1}} = \frac{\binom n k}{n^{k-1}}$$ and the integer ...
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Binomial sum of $n$ terms in closed form

Can we calculate the given combinatorial sum in closed form? $$ \frac{\binom{2}{0}}{1}+\frac{\binom{4}{1}}{2}+\frac{\binom{8}{2}}{3}+\frac{\binom{16}{3}}{4}+\cdots+\frac{\binom{2^n}{n-1}}{n}$$
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Proving $k \binom{n}{k} = n \binom{n-1}{k-1}$

Suppose we want to prove $$ k \binom{n}{k} = n \binom{n-1}{k-1}$$ In the LHS we are choosing a team of $k$ players from $n$ players. Then we are choosing a captain. In the RHS we are choosing a ...
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“Binomiable” numbers

Is there a nice criterion to determine whether a given natural $m$ can be written as a binomial number $\binom{n}{k}$ with $1 < k < n-1$? I've been thinking on this problem with a friend and ...
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Prove that $2^n < \binom{2n}{n} < 2^{2n}$

Prove that $2^n < \binom{2n}{n} < 2^{2n}$. This is proven easily enough by splitting it up into two parts and then proving each part by induction. First part: $2^n < \binom{2n}{n}$. The ...
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How do I prove that there infinitely many rows of Pascal's triangle with only odd numbers?

This is exercise number $59$ from Chapter $2$ of Hugh Gordon's Discrete Probability. Show that there are infinitely many rows of Pascal's Triangle that consist entirely of odd numbers. ...
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Algebraic Proof that $\sum\limits_{i=0}^n \binom{n}{i}=2^n$

I'm well aware of the combinatorial variant of the proof, i.e. noting that each formula is a different representation for the number of subsets of a set of $n$ elements. I'm curious if there's a ...
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How prove this inequality $(1+\frac{1}{16})^{16}<\frac{8}{3}$

show that $$(1+\dfrac{1}{16})^{16}<\dfrac{8}{3}$$ it's well know that $$(1+\dfrac{1}{n})^n<e$$ so $$(1+\dfrac{1}{16})^{16}<e$$ But I found this $e=2.718>\dfrac{8}{3}=2.6666\cdots$ ...
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Proving identities like $\sum_{k=1}^nk{n\choose k}^2=n{2n-1\choose n}$ combinatorially

I have to give a combinatorial proof of $$\sum_{k=1}^nk{n\choose k}^2=n{2n-1\choose n}.$$ I find it difficult to solve such problems. I'm not a brilliant person and never will be so I need to have ...
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Computing: $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\left(\prod\limits_{k=1}^{n} \binom{n}{k}\right)^\frac{1}{n}$

I try to compute the following limit: $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(\prod_{k=1}^{n} \binom{n}{k}\right)^\frac{1}{n}$$ I'm interested in finding some reasonable ways of solving the limit. I don't find any ...
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How to find sums like $\sum_{k=0}^{39} \binom{200}{5k}$

How do I find sums like these?-- $$S=\displaystyle\sum_{k=0}^{39} \dbinom{200}{5k}$$ that is, when there is a summation of binomial coefficients, but with jumps of some terms..?
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Prove that $\,\,\displaystyle\inf_{n\in\mathbb N}\sum_{k=0}^{p}\lvert\sin{(n+k)^p}\rvert>0$

For any positive integer number $p$, show that $$\inf\left\{ {\left\vert\sin{(n^p)}\right\vert+\left\vert\sin{(n+1)^p}\right\vert+\cdots+ \left\vert\,\sin{(n+p)^p}\right\vert\, :\,n\in ...
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New Year Combinatorics 2015

In the spirit of the festive period and in appreciation of the encouraging response to my X'mas Combinatorics problem posted recently, here's one for the New Year! Express the following as a ...