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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Is there a combinatorial way to see the link between the beta and gamma functions?

The Wikipedia page on the beta function gives a simple formula for it in terms of the gamma function. Using that and the fact that $\Gamma(n+1)=n!$, I can prove the following formula: $$ ...
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prime numbers in Pascal's triangle

Just wondering about this: Is it true that there are no prime numbers in Pascal's triangle, with the exception of $\binom{n}{1}$ and $\binom{n}{n-1}$? From the first 18 lines it appears that this is ...
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Putting ${n \choose 0} + {n \choose 5} + {n \choose 10} + \cdots + {n \choose 5k} + \cdots$ in a closed form

As the title says, I'm trying to transform $\displaystyle{n \choose 0} + {n \choose 5} + {n \choose 10} + \cdots + {n \choose 5k} + \cdots$ into a closed form. My work: $\displaystyle\left(1 + ...
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Polynomial in $\mathbb{Q}[x]$ sending integers to integers?

We can view the binomial coefficient $\binom{x}{k}$ has a polynomial in $x$ with degree $k$. So taking some $f\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$, why is $f(n)\in\mathbb{Z}$ for all $n\in\mathbb{Z}$, precisely when the ...
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Inequality with central binomial coefficients

For every even positive number $N$ we have: $$ {2N \choose N } < 2^N {N \choose N/2 } < 2 {2N \choose N } $$ (Furthermore, $\frac{2^N {N \choose N/2 }}{{2N \choose N }} \to \sqrt{2} $ for ...
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Proof of $\sum_{0 \le k \le t} {t-k \choose r}{k \choose s}={t+1 \choose r+s+1}$?

How do I prove that $$\sum_{0 \le k \le t} {t-k \choose r}{k \choose s}={t+1 \choose r+s+1} \>?$$ I saw this in a book discussing generating functions.
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Non-probabilistic proofs of a binomial coefficient identity from a probability question

Combining the answers given by me and Ralth to the probability question at Probability Question, we get the following identity: $$ \sum\limits_{k = m}^n {{n \choose k}p^k (1 - p)^{n - k} {k \choose ...
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Orthogonality for Binomial Coefficients

Could somebody explain to me where these two formulas come from as applications of the binomial theorem? $$\sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k}(-1)^kk^r=0$$ for non-negative integers $r\lt n$. And ...
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Show that ${-n \choose i} = (-1)^i{n+i-1 \choose i} $

Show that ${-n \choose i} = (-1)^i{n+i-1 \choose i} $. This is a homework exercise I have to make and I just cant get started on it. The problem lies with the $-n$. Using the definition I get: $${-n ...
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How to compute the asymptotic growth of $\binom{n}{\log n}$?

I'm interested with tight bounds for: $$f(n)={n\choose{\log{n}}}$$ It sounds like it's something simple, but I can't get a nice expression I can use. Any ideas on how to do this?
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Binomial coefficients: how to prove an inequality on the $p$-adic valuation?

In section 4 of the article by Afred van der Poorten's A Proof That Euler Missed ... the following inequality is used: $$\nu_{p}\displaystyle\binom{n}{m}\leq\left\lfloor\dfrac{\ln n}{\ln ...
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Proving the sum of squares of sine and cosine using the Cauchy product formula

Here are the power series of sine and cosine: $$\sin(x) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} (-1)^n \frac {x^{2n+1}} {(2n+1)!}$$ and $$\cos(x) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} (-1)^n \frac {x^{2n}} {(2n)!}$$ How can it be ...
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Ordinary generating function for $\binom{3n}{n}$

The ordinary generating function for the central binomial coefficients, that is, $$\displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \binom{2n}{n} x^{n} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{1-4x}}$$ follows from the generalized ...
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Prove that $\sum_{k=0}^{m}\binom{m}{k}\binom{n+k}{m}=\sum_{k=0}^{m}\binom{n}{k}\binom{m}{k}2^k$ [duplicate]

Prove that $$\sum_{k=0}^{m}\binom{m}{k}\binom{n+k}{m}=\sum_{k=0}^{m}\binom{n}{k}\binom{m}{k}2^k$$ What should I do for this equation? Should I focus on proving ...
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Combinatorial Proof of $\binom{\binom{n}{2}}{2} = 3 \binom{n}{3}+ 3 \binom{n}{4}$ for $n \geq 4$

For $n \geq 4$, show that $\binom{\binom{n}{2}}{2} = 3 \binom{n}{3}+ 3 \binom{n}{4}$. LHS: So we have a set of $\binom{n}{2}$ elements, and we are choosing a $2$ element subset. RHS: We are ...
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Summation of an Infinite Series: $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{4^{2n}}{n^3 \binom{2n}{n}^2} = 8\pi G-14\zeta(3)$

I am having trouble proving that $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{4^{2n}}{n^3 \binom{2n}{n}^2} = 8\pi G-14\zeta(3)$$ I know that $$\frac{2x \ \arcsin(x)}{\sqrt{1-x^2}} = \sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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Smallest constant in exponent so that limit of sum is $0$

I am trying to work out the smallest constant $c>0$ so that $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \sum_{a=1}^n \sum_{b=0}^n {n \choose a} {n-a \choose b} \left({a+b \choose a} 2^{-a-b}\right)^{c n/\ln{n}} =0 .$$ ...
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How can we find the gcd for elements (binomial coefficient)?

$\gcd\left(\binom{2n}1,\binom{2n}3,\binom{2n}5,\ldots,\binom{2n}{2n-1}\right)$ i want to know what is specialty of such a series.I am not able to generalize the problem solution.Is there any rule for ...
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Binomial identity

I'd like to get a hint to prove the following identity: $$\tag{1}\sum_{\nu}(-1)^{\nu}\displaystyle \binom{a}{\nu}\binom{n-\nu}{r}=\binom{n-a}{n-r} .$$ The original statement reads "By specialization ...
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Proving $\sum_{k=0}^n{2k\choose k}{2n-2k\choose n-k}=4^n$ [duplicate]

Some background. I was asked to find an arithmetic function $f$ such that $f*f=\mathbf 1$ where $\mathbf 1$ is the constant function 1 and $*$ denotes Dirichlet convolution. I was able to prove that ...
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Computing the last non-zero digit of ${1027 \choose 41}$?

I am working on the following problem: Let $x_n$ be a sequence of positive odd numbers. If $N$ is the number of ordered pairs $(x_1, x_2, x_3, \dots, x_{42})$ such that $$x_1 + x_2 + x_3 + \dots + ...
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A sum with binomial coefficients

Show that $$\sum_{k=0}^{n}(-1)^k\binom{n}{k}(n-2k)^{n+2}=\frac{2^{n}n(n+2)!}{6}.$$
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Evaluate $\lim_{n \to \infty} \sum_{j=0}^{n}{{j+n-1} \choose j}\frac{1}{2^{j+n}}$

Evaluate $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \sum_{j=0}^{n}{{j+n-1} \choose j}\frac{1}{2^{j+n}}$$ I don't understand where to start. Please help.
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How prove binomial cofficients $\sum_{k=0}^{[\frac{n}{3}]}(-1)^k\binom{n+1}{k}\binom{2n-3k}{n}=\sum_{k=[\frac{n}{2}]}^n\binom{n+1}{k}\binom{k}{n-k}$

How prove this $$\sum_{k=0}^{[\frac{n}{3}]}(-1)^k\binom{n+1}{k}\binom{2n-3k}{n}=\sum_{k=[\frac{n}{2}]}^n\binom{n+1}{k}\binom{k}{n-k}$$ This equation How prove it? Thank you I want take this ...
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Inductive proof that ${2n\choose n}=\sum{n\choose i}^2.$

I would like to prove inductively that $${2n\choose n}=\sum_{i=0}^n{n\choose i}^2.$$ I know a couple of non-inductive proofs, but I can't do it this way. The inductive step eludes me. I tried naively ...
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Derivation of bound on expression involving binomial coefficient from Erdős and Rényi 1959

I'm in the process of working through Erdős and Rényi's 1959 article "On Random Graphs I". In the proof of the first Lemma, equation 14 gives a bound on an expression involving several binomial ...
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$\binom{n}{k} : \binom{n}{k+1} : \binom{n}{k+2} = a : b : c$

It is a rather surprising fact (to me, at least) that $\displaystyle \binom{14}{4} = 1001$; $\displaystyle \binom{14}{5} = 2002$; $\displaystyle \binom{14}{6} = 3003$. Actually, this is the only ...
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Is the given binomial sum almost everywhere negative as $K\to\infty$?

The binomial sum is as follows: $$\mathcal {L}^K(\theta)= \sum_{i=\lceil{K/2}\rceil}^K \binom{K}{i}\theta^i\left((1-\theta)^{K-i}-\frac{1}{2}(1-\theta)^{-K}(1-2\theta)^{K-i}\right)$$ which can also ...
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How to prove this binomial identity $\sum_{r=0}^n {r {n \choose r}} = n2^{n-1}$?

I am trying to prove this binomial identity $\sum_{r=0}^n {r {n \choose r}} = n2^{n-1}$ but am not able to think something except induction,which is of-course not necessary (I think) here, so I am ...
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Finding $\lim\limits_{n \to \infty} \sum\limits_{k=0}^n { n \choose k}^{-1}$

We know that $$ 2^n= (1+1)^n = \sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k}$$ I was asked to solve this limit, $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \ \sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k}^{-1}=? \quad \text{for} \ n \geq 1$$
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The $n^{th}$ root of the geometric mean of binomial coefficients.

$\{{C_k^n}\}_{k=0}^n$ are binomial coefficients. $G_n$ is their geometrical mean. Prove $$\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}{G_n}^{1/n}=\sqrt{e}$$
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Prove that $\binom n2 + \binom {n-1}2$ is always a perfect square

Prove that if $n$ is a positive integer and $n >1$: $$\binom n2 + \binom {n-1}2$$ is always a perfect square. I know we need to turn that into a binomial, but I can't follow how. Please note I'm ...
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Proof of a combinatorial identity: $\sum_{i=0}^n {2i \choose i}{2(n-i)\choose n-i} = 4^n$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Identity involving binomial coefficients This was part of a homework assignment that I had, and I couldn't figure it out. Now it is bugging me. Can anyone help me? ...
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Hard elementary combinatorics problem

How does one compute (without brute force) the smallest integer $n$ such that $\binom{2n}{1}(-3)^0 + \binom{2n}{3}(-3)^1 + \binom{2n}{5}(-3)^2 + \cdots + \binom{2n}{2n-1}(-3)^{(n-1)} = 0$?
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Are there surprisingly identical binomial coefficients?

Suppose $\binom{n}{k}=\binom{n'}{k'}$ with $k \geq 2$, $k' \geq 2$, $n \geq 2k$ and $n' \geq 2k'$. Does it follow that $n=n'$ and $k=k'$? EDIT: Yup, ...
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Find the sum of this series :$ \frac{1}{{1!2009!}} + \frac{1}{{3!2007!}} + \cdots + \frac{1}{{1!2009!}}$

Find the sum of this series : $$\sum\limits_{\scriptstyle 1 \leqslant x \leqslant 2009 \atop {\scriptstyle x+y=2010 \atop \scriptstyle {\text{ }}x,y{\text{ odd}} }} {\frac{1}{{x!y!}}} = ...
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Summation Identity: $\sum_{i=1}^ni^3 = \left( \frac{n(n+1)}{2} \right)^2$

I have to prove: $$\sum\limits_{i = 1}^n i^3 = \Bigg( \frac{n(n+1)}{2}\Bigg)^2$$ Using the following: $$n^3 = 6 {n \choose 3} + 6 {n \choose 2} + n \quad \forall n \in \mathbb{N}$$ My work is that ...
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Asymptotics of $\sum_{k=0}^{n} {\binom n k}^a$

I need to estimate the asymptotics of $$\sum_{k=0}^{n} {\binom n k}^a, \quad a>2, \quad a \in \mathbb{N}$$ In particular, I'm pretty much interested in $a=4$ case, but if the general solution ...
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Find closed form solution using generation function for the binomial coefficients

I don't have any idea how to start this problem. Could you give a hint? Find closed form solution using generation function for the binomial coefficients: $$a_n:=\sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k}^2(-1)^k$$ ...
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Showing that $\lceil (\sqrt{3} + 1)^{2n} \rceil$ is divisible by $2^{n+1}$.

I have a question which has fluxommed me and my pals for the past few days. Any help or solution is welcome Show using Binomial theorem that the integer just after $(3^{1/2} + 1)^{2n}$ is divisble ...
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Proof of the identity $2^n = \sum\limits_{k=0}^n 2^{-k} \binom{n+k}{k}$

I just found this identity but without any proof, could you just give me an hint how I could prove it? $$2^n = \sum\limits_{k=0}^n 2^{-k} \cdot \binom{n+k}{k}$$ I know that $$2^n = ...
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The binomial formula and the value of 0^0

Here is the text from Knuth's The Art of computer programming, 1.2.6 F formula 14: Knuth doesn't give the proof of the statement. So, I tried to write it myself. To make binomial formula equal to ...
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Find the Pascal's Limit [closed]

Let $P_{n}$ be the product of the numbers in row of Pascal's Triangle. Then evaluate $$ \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty} \dfrac{P_{n-1}\cdot P_{n+1}}{P_{n}^{2}}$$
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Why does this expected value simplify as shown?

I was reading about the german tank problem and they say that in a sample of size $k$, from a population of integers from $1,\ldots,N$ the probability that the sample maximum equals $m$ is: ...
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Choice Problem: choose 5 days in a month, consecutive days are forbidden

I'm "walking" through the book "A walk through combinatorics" and stumbled on an example I don't understand. Example 3.19. A medical student has to work in a hospital for five days in January. ...
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The sum $\sum_{j=0}^n \binom{n}{j} \left\{ j \atop k \right\} x^j$

A recent answer of mine to a question on Math Overflow includes the sum $$S(n,k,x) = \sum_{j=0}^n \binom{n}{j} \left\{ j \atop k \right\} x^j,$$ where $\left\{ j \atop k \right\}$ is a Stirling number ...
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partial sum involving factorials

Here is an interesting series I ran across. It is a binomial-type identity. $\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^{n}\frac{(2n-k)!\cdot 2^{k}}{(n-k)!}=4^{n}\cdot n!$ I tried all sorts of playing around, ...
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Yet another sum involving binomial coefficients

Let $k,p$ be positive integers. Is there a closed form for the sums $$\sum_{i=0}^{p} \binom{k}{i} \binom{k+p-i}{p-i}\text{, or}$$ $$\sum_{i=0}^{p} \binom{k-1}{i} \binom{k+p-i}{p-i}\text{?}$$ ...
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Combinatorics question: Show divisibility

Let $a\geq2$, $b\geq2$ be two prime numbers and k be a natural number with $k\leq min(a,b)$. How can one show that $z := \binom{a+b}{k} - \binom{a}{k} - \binom{b}{k}$ is divisible by the product ...
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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 $e=2.718>\dfrac{8}{3}=2.6666\cdots$ ...