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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Identity for convolution of central binomial coefficients

It's not difficult to show that $$(1-z^2)^{-1/2}=\sum_{n=0}^\infty \binom{2n}{n}2^{-2n}z^{2n}$$ On the other hand, we have $(1-z^2)^{-1}=\sum z^{2n}$. Squaring the first power series and comparing ...
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Proof that a Combination is an integer

From its definition a combination $(^n_k)$, is the number of distinct subsets of size k from a set of n elements. This is clearly an integer, however I was curious as to why the equation ...
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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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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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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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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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How to reverse the $n$ choose $k$ formula?

If I want to find how many possible ways there are to choose k out of n elements I know you can use the simple formula below: $$ \binom{n}{k} = \frac{n! }{ k!(n-k)! } .$$ What if I want to go the ...
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Counting subsets containing three consecutive elements (previously Summation over large values of nCr)

Problem: In how many ways can you select at least $3$ items consecutively out of a set of $n ( 3\leqslant n \leqslant10^{15}$) items. Since the answer could be very large, output it modulo $10^{9}+7$. ...
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Vandermonde's Identity : Summations with binomial coefficients

(Presumptive) Source: Theoretical Exercise 8, Ch 1, A First Course in Pr, 8th ed by Sheldon Ross. Can someone help me solve this equation? How to prove that ...
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How do I count the subsets of a set whose number of elements is divisible by 3? 4?

Let $S$ be a set of size $n$. There is an easy way to count the number of subsets with an even number of elements. Algebraically, it comes from the fact that $\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^{n} {n ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n} (-1)^{k} \binom{n}{k} = 0$

Show that $$\sum_{k=0}^{n} (-1)^{k} \binom{n}{k} = 0$$ So for odd $n$ we have an even number of terms. So $\binom{n}{k} = \binom{n}{n-k}$ which have opposite signs. Thus the sum is $0$. For even $n$ ...
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Elementary central binomial coefficient estimates

How to prove that $\quad\displaystyle\frac{4^{n}}{\sqrt{4n}}<\binom{2n}{n}<\frac{4^{n}}{\sqrt{3n+1}}\quad$ for all $n$ > 1 ? Does anyone know any better elementary estimates?
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Proving a special case of the binomial theorem: $\sum^{k}_{m=0}\binom{k}{m} = 2^k$ [duplicate]

I want to know if I can get some help with this proof. I tried, but I just cannot seem to get $2^{k}$. It states that, For $k \in \mathbb{Z}_{\ge 0}$, $$\sum^{k}_{m=0}\binom{k}{m} = 2^k$$ Thank ...
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Induction: $\sum_{k=0}^n \binom nk k^2 = n(1+n)2^{n-2}$

I found crazy (for me at least) induction example, in fact it just would be nice to prove. (Even have problems with starting) Any hints are highly valued: ...
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prove that $(2n)!/(n!)^2$ is even if $n$ is a positive integer

Prove that $(2n)!/(n!)^2$ is even if $n$ is a positive integer. For clarity: the denominator is the only part being squared. My thought process: The numerator is the product of the first n even ...
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Combinatorial proof of summation of $\sum_{k = 0}^n {n \choose k}^2= {2n \choose n}$

Can you guys help me prove this? There is a way of proving this logically but I was hoping to find a more "mathematical" proof, if possible. $$\displaystyle \sum_{k = 0}^n {n \choose k}^2= {2n ...
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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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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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Prove: $\binom{n}{k}^{-1}=(n+1)\int_{0}^{1}x^{k}(1-x)^{n-k}dx$ for $0 \leq k \leq n$

I would like your help with proving that for every $0 \leq k \leq n$, $$\binom{n}{k}^{-1}=(n+1)\int_{0}^{1}x^{k}(1-x)^{n-k}dx . $$ I tried to integration by parts and to get a pattern or to ...
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Beautiful identity: $\sum_{k=m}^n (-1)^{k-m} \binom{k}{m} \binom{n}{k} = \delta_{mn}$

Let $m,n\ge 1$ be two integers. Prove that $$\sum_{k=m}^n (-1)^{k-m} \binom{k}{m} \binom{n}{k} = \delta_{mn}$$ where $\delta_{mn}$ stands for the Kronecker's delta. Note: I put the tag "linear ...
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Proving $\sum_{m=0}^M \binom{m+k}{k} = \binom{k+M+1}{k+1}$

Prove that $$\sum_{m=0}^M \binom{m+k}{k} = \binom{k+M+1}{k+1}$$ by computing the coefficient of $z^M$ in the identity $$(1 + z + z^2 + \cdots ) \cdot \frac{1}{(1-z)^{k+1}} = \frac1{(1-z)^{k+2}}.$$ I ...
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Why is $n\choose k$ periodic modulo $p$ with period $p^e$?

Given some integer $k$, define the sequence $a_n={n\choose k}$. Claim: $a_n$ is periodic modulo a prime $p$ with the period being the least power $p^e$ of $p$ such that $k<p^e$. In other words, ...
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Induction proof concerning a sum of binomial coefficients: $\sum_{j=m}^n\binom{j}{m}=\binom{n+1}{m+1}$

I'm looking for a proof of this identity but where j=m not j=0 http://www.proofwiki.org/wiki/Sum_of_Binomial_Coefficients_over_Upper_Index $$\sum_{j=m}^n\binom{j}{m}=\binom{n+1}{m+1}$$
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lacunary sum of binomial coefficients

I am sure there must be a known estimate for sums of the form: $$ S_d(n)=\sum_{j=0}^n \binom{dn}{dj} $$ where $d\ge 1$. For $d=1$, the answer is obvious. For $d=2$, the answer is here: Sum with ...
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$n$th derivative of $e^{1/x}$

I am trying to find the $n$'th derivative of $f(x)=e^{1/x}$. When looking at the first few derivatives I noticed a pattern and eventually found the following formula $$\frac{\mathrm d^n}{\mathrm ...
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Partial sum of rows of Pascal's triangle

I'm interested in finding $$\sum_{k=0}^m \binom{n}{k}, \quad m<n$$ which form rows of Pascal's triangle. Surely $\sum\limits_{k=0}^n \binom{k}{m}$ using addition formula, but the one above ...
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Prove $\binom{n}{a}\binom{n-a}{b-a} = \binom{n}{b}\binom{b}{a}$

I want to prove this equation, $$ \binom{n}{a}\binom{n-a}{b-a} = \binom{n}{b}\binom{b}{a} $$ I thought of proving this equation by prove that you are using different ways to count the same set of ...
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Combinatorial proof for two identities [duplicate]

Does exist a combinatorial proof for the following two identities ? $\sum_{k = 0}^{n} \binom{x+k}{k} = \binom{x+n+1}{n}$ $\sum_{k = 0}^{n} k\binom{n}{k} = n2^{n-1}$ I know how to derive the ...
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How can I compute $\sum\limits_{k = 1}^n \frac{1} {k + 1}\binom{n}{k} $?

This sum is difficult. How can I compute it, without using calculus? $$\sum_{k = 1}^n \frac1{k + 1}\binom{n}{k}$$ If someone can explain some technique to do it, I'd appreciate it. Or advice using ...
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Prove by induction: $2^n = C(n,0) + C(n,1) + \cdots + C(n,n)$ [duplicate]

This is a question I came across in an old midterm and I'm not sure how to do it. Any help is appreciated. $$2^n = C(n,0) + C(n,1) + \cdots + C(n,n).$$ Prove this statement is true for all $n ...
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How to prove $\sum\limits_{k=0}^n{n \choose k}(k-1)^k(n-k+1)^{n-k-1}= n^n$?

How do I prove the following identity directly? $$\sum_{k=0}^n{n \choose k}(k-1)^k(n-k+1)^{n-k-1}= n^n$$ I thought about using the binomial theorem for $(x+a)^n$, but got stuck, because I realized ...
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Combinatorial interpretation of Binomial Inversion

It is known that if $f_n = \sum\limits_{i=0}^{n} g_i \binom{n}{i}$ for all $0 \le n \le m$, then $g_n = \sum_{i=0}^{n} (-1)^{i+n} f_i \binom{n}{i}$ for $0 \le n \le m$. This sort of inversion is ...
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How to prove $\sum\limits_{r=0}^n \frac{(-1)^r}{r+1}\binom{n}{r} = \frac1{n+1}$?

Other than the general inductive method,how could we show that $$\sum_{r=0}^n \frac{(-1)^r}{r+1}\binom{n}{r} = \frac1{n+1}$$ Apart from induction,I tried with Wolfram Alpha to check the validity,but ...
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Evaluate $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n k^2$ and $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n k(k+1)$ combinatorially

$$\text{Evaluate } \sum_{k=1}^n k^2 \text{ and } \sum_{k=1}^{n}k(k+1) \text{ combinatorially.}$$ For the first one, I was able to express $k^2$ in terms of the binomial coefficients by ...
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Proving a binomial sum identity

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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Prime dividing the binomial coefficients

It is quite easy to show that for every prime $p$ and $0<i<p$ we have that $p$ divides the binomial coefficient $\large p\choose i$; one simply notes that in $\large \frac{p!}{i!(p-i)!}$ the ...
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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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Evaluate $ \binom{n}{0}+\binom{n}{2}+\binom{n}{4}+\cdots+\binom{n}{2k}+\cdots$ [duplicate]

I need to evaluate, for a certain worded question: If n is even $$\binom{n}{0}+\binom{n}{2}+\binom{n}{4}+\cdots\binom{n}{n}$$ If n is odd ...
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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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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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Asymptotics for a partial sum of binomial coefficients

Good afternoon, I would like to ask, if anyone knows how to evaluate a sum $$\sum_{k=0}^{\lambda n}{n \choose k}$$ for fixed $\lambda < 1/2$ with absolute error $O(n^{-1})$, or better. In ...
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Show $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}{2n \choose n}x^n=(1-4x)^{-1/2}$

How do you prove that $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}{2n \choose n}x^n=(1-4x)^{-1/2}$? I tried to identify the sum as a binomial series, but the $4$ and the $-1/2$ puzzle me. (This series arises in ...
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Number of even and odd subsets [duplicate]

Suppose we have the following two identities: $\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^{n} \binom{n}{k} = 2^n$ $\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^{n} (-1)^{k} \binom{n}{k} = 0$ The first says that the number of subsets ...
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Why does the $n$-th power of a Jordan matrix involve the binomial coefficient?

I've searched a lot for a simple explanation of this. Given a Jordan block $J_k(\lambda)$, its $n$-th power is: $$ J_k(\lambda)^n = \begin{bmatrix} \lambda^n & \binom{n}{1}\lambda^{n-1} & ...
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Probability of getting >70% in exam with 50 yes/no questions

In a paper containing 50 yes/no questions, I am trying to find the probability of getting 70%. Using binomial distribution, $$P(X\ge70\%)=\sum_{k=25}^{50} \binom{50}{k}\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^{50}$$ ...
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simple binomial theorem proof

I am trying to prove this binomial statement: For $a \in \mathbb{C}$ and $k \in \mathbb{N_0}$, $\sum_{j=0}^{k} {a+j \choose j} = {a+k+1 \choose k}.$ I am stuck where and how to start. My steps ...
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Combinatorial proof that $\sum \limits_{k=0}^n \binom{2k}{k} \binom{2n-2k}{n-k} (-1)^k = 2^n \binom{n}{n/2}$ when $n$ is even

In my answer here I prove, using generating functions, a statement equivalent to $$\sum_{k=0}^n \binom{2k}{k} \binom{2n-2k}{n-k} (-1)^k = 2^n \binom{n}{n/2}$$ when $n$ is even. (Clearly the sum is ...
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Combinatorial proof of $\binom{3n}{n} \frac{2}{3n-1}$ as the answer to a coin-flipping problem

In the recent question "What's the probability that a sequence of coin flips never has twice as many heads as tails?" I argue in my answer that the number of ways $S(n)$ to obtain twice as many heads ...
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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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Sum with binomial coefficients: $\sum_{k=1}^m \frac{1}{k}{m \choose k} $

I got this sum, in some work related to another question: $$S_m=\sum_{k=1}^m \frac{1}{k}{m \choose k} $$ Are there any known results about this (bounds, asymptotics)?