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## Discussion of Problem 1017. Staircases

a math solution
Posted by Nonagod 11 Feb 2007 18:34
the coefficient of y^n
of A(n)=(1+y+y^2+y^3+...)(1+y^2+y^4+y^6+...)
...(1+y^n+y^2n+y^3n...)
if y<1;
A(n)=1/((1-y)(1-y^2)(1-y^3)....)
Re: a math solution
Posted by Ahmed Ahmedov 17 Mar 2011 13:58
Can you please explain the formula? It is an infinite formula, right? So, How would I apply it? Please give an example
Re: a math solution
Posted by DEAL 29 Mar 2011 00:36
It's easy to apply this formula, first of all you should notice that only n brackets must be opened, then you simply count all coefficients, multiplying only terms with the power that is less than n (or equal). (there is also one way to multiply less terms) And of course, you eventually get an answer.

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Edited by author 29.03.2011 00:37
Re: a math solution
Posted by Charles 6 Jun 2013 20:42
I think it's wrong. The correct answear is the coefficient of A(n) = (1+y)(1+y^2)(1+y^3)...(1+y^n)... less 1, because the staircase with one step must not be counted.