# An Introduction to Catalan Numbers by Steven Roman

By Steven Roman

This textbook presents an creation to the Catalan numbers and their extraordinary homes, besides their a number of purposes in combinatorics. Intended to be obtainable to scholars new to the topic, the e-book starts off with extra easy themes earlier than progressing to extra mathematically subtle topics. Each bankruptcy makes a speciality of a particular combinatorial item counted by means of those numbers, together with paths, bushes, tilings of a staircase, null sums in Z_{n+1}, period buildings, walls, variations, semiorders, and more. Exercises are incorporated on the finish of e-book, in addition to tricks and recommendations, to assist scholars receive a greater snatch of the material. The textual content is perfect for undergraduate scholars learning combinatorics, yet also will entice a person with a mathematical history 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 to be able to exhibit the flavour of Catalan combinatorics. [Readers] will gather a superb feeling for why such a lot of mathematicians are enthralled via the amazing ubiquity and magnificence of Catalan numbers.”

- From the foreword through Richard Stanley

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**An Introduction to Catalan Numbers**

This textbook presents an creation to the Catalan numbers and their amazing homes, in addition to their a number of functions in combinatorics. Intended to be obtainable to scholars new to the topic, the e-book starts off with extra trouble-free issues ahead of progressing to extra mathematically refined themes.

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Let È É A ¼ ½r; cCðr; cÞ contains a lower right corner of P These intervals form an antichain since both the left endpoints and the right endpoints increase as we examine the intervals from the bottom row up. It is also clear that the intervals cover [n], since the path moves horizontally across every column and so every column number is contained in an interval. Thus, A is a covering antichain. 2 Cn counts the number of covering antichains in Int([n]). □ Antichains in Int([n À 1]) Not only do the Catalan numbers count the number of covering antichains in Int([n]), but they also count the number of all antichains A in Intð½n À 1Þ.

4 An extent e(B) The simple fact is that every nonprincipal block C for which eðCÞ & eðBÞ is entirely contained within one of the gaps in e(B), lest the noncrossing property be violated. Therefore, since R \ eðBÞ ¼ ∅, if we remove all such extents e(C), what remains must be B itself. For those who are not convinced by this argument, here are the explicit details. Let S be the set on the right. If C 2 P 0 is one of the blocks in the union defining S, that is, if eðCÞ & eðBÞ, then e(C) is disjoint from B, for if b 2 B \ eðCÞ then ‘ðBÞ < ‘ðCÞ < b < uðCÞ which violates the noncrossing property.

A full parenthesization contains just enough parentheses to disambiguate the expression. Let F n be the family of fully parenthesized words of length n over A. Assume that n ! 3. We can use the first pair of matching parentheses as the nexus to decompose a fully parenthesized word w into smaller fully parenthesized words. In particular, w has the form w ¼ αðβÞγ ð7:1Þ where α, β, and γ are fully parenthesized words, and lenðβÞ > 1 and the parentheses shown are the first matching pair, that is, the open parenthesis is the first open parenthesis in w and the closing parenthesis matches the open parenthesis.