By Mogens Esrom Larsen

Each mathematician, and person of arithmetic, must control sums or to discover and deal with combinatorial identities. during this booklet, the writer offers a coherent journey of many identified finite algebraic sums and provides a advisor for devising uncomplicated methods of fixing a given sum to a customary shape that may be evaluated . As such, Summa Summarum serves as either an creation and a reference for researchers, graduate and upper-level undergraduate scholars, and non-specialists alike: from instruments as precise because the so much classical rules of Euler to the new powerful laptop algorithms via Gosper and Wilf-Zeilberger. The booklet is self-contained with fairly few must haves and so could be obtainable to a really large readership. This represents the 1st within the new Canadian Mathematical Society Treatises in arithmetic sequence of books: a suite of brief monographs, devoted to good outlined matters of present curiosity. those treatises emphasize the interdisciplinary personality of the mathematical sciences and facilitate integration of equipment and effects from various components of present study.

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Not of type I or II, but the terms are products of a term of type I or (m) II and a harmonic number Hk or Hc,k , cf. 12). 2 n 1 Hk = . n k Canonical Forms of Sums of Types I–II In order to recognize a sum, it is convenient to write it in a standard form. 5) qt (c, n, k) = (β1 − k) · · · (βq − k) with z = 0 and αi = βj independent of k, but depending on c and n. The type of the sum is said to have the parameters (p, q, z). 5), provided it is not of type I. 5) be written as r(k) := p j=1 [αj ]k k z .

J, and βi − α ∈ / N, i, > j. For each of the pairs with integral difference we will write the quotient, with α = β − m, as β−m−k (β − k − m)[β − k − 1]m−1 [β − k − 1]m α−k = = = . 3) we can define the polynomial f (k) of degree m1 + · · · + mj as f (k) = [β1 − k]m1 · · · [βj − k]mj .

F (m), which are a linear combination of the m vectors above. 2) is an m-dimensional vector space. The special case of m = 1 is f (n) = a(n)f (n − 1). 4) as f (n) = a(n), f (n − 1) giving the solutions for different choices of initial value f (0), n f (n) = f (0) a(k). 3. 3) as n−1 W (n) = (−1)n W (0) a2 (j). j=0 If we know—by guessing perhaps—a solution f1 (n) = 0, then we can use the determinant to find the other solution f2 (n). 3 W (n + 2) δn. f1 (n)f1 (n + 1) First-order Inhomogeneous Equations If m = 1, we have the form f (n) = a(n)f (n − 1) + g(n).