By Steven Roman

ISBN-10: 3319221434

ISBN-13: 9783319221434

This textbook offers an creation to the Catalan numbers and their impressive houses, in addition to their quite a few purposes in combinatorics. Intended to be available to scholars new to the topic, the booklet starts with extra common subject matters ahead of progressing to extra mathematically refined topics. Each bankruptcy specializes in a selected combinatorial item counted by means of those numbers, together with paths, timber, tilings of a staircase, null sums in Z_{n+1}, period buildings, walls, variations, semiorders, and more. Exercises are incorporated on the finish of publication, in addition to tricks and suggestions, to assist scholars receive a greater grab of the material. The textual content is perfect for undergraduate scholars learning combinatorics, yet also will attract a person with a mathematical historical past who has an curiosity in studying in regards to the Catalan numbers.

“Roman does an admirable activity of supplying an advent to Catalan numbers of a unique nature from the former ones. He has made a superb collection of themes with a purpose to exhibit the flavour of Catalan combinatorics. [Readers] will collect an excellent feeling for why such a lot of mathematicians are enthralled via the notable ubiquity and magnificence of Catalan numbers.”

- From the foreword by way of Richard Stanley

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5) The remaining edges of the original root triangle become the roots of P‘ and Pr. 8 shows two examples of the decomposition process for a hexagon. The root triangles are shaded. 8, the decomposition is into a line segment (a 1-gon) and an (n À 1)-gon, with no net change in edge count. For the other cases, the decomposition results in a k-gon P‘ and an (n À k + 1)gon Pr, where À 3 kÁ n À 2, for a net gain of one edge. Hence, the possibilities for the sizes P‘ , Pr of the constituent polygons are ð1, n À 1Þ, ðn À 1, 1Þ and ð k , n À k þ 1Þ 3 k nÀ2 If P n, k is the set of triangulated n-gons for which P‘ has size k, for 3 the map k n À 2, θn, k : P n, k !

2. These are usually referred to simply as Dyck paths. 2 Cn counts the number of Dyck paths of length 2n that end on the horizontal axis. 3 Cn counts the number of 1) monotonic paths in an n Â n grid that do not rise above the diagonal, 2) Dyck paths of length 2n that end on the horizontal axis. □ 5 Catalan Numbers and Trees The Catalan numbers excel at counting a variety of types of trees. ) Ordered Trees Let Rn be the family of all ordered trees with n vertices. If n ! 2 and if T 2 Rn is an ordered tree whose root has degree d > 0, then each of the d edges incident with the root will also be incident with a distinct subtree of the root (perhaps consisting of a single vertex only).

6 are considered distinct even though each can be obtained from the other by a mere rotation. This is because the vertices (and edges) of the polygon are considered distinguishable. 7, let us assume that the vertices are labeled v1 through vn in clockwise order. We refer to the edge connecting v1 and vn as the root edge, with right root vertex v1 and left root vertex vn. The triangle containing the root edge is the root triangle and the third vertex of the root triangle is the opposite vertex. The following terminology will also come in handy.

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