ISRN Discrete Mathematics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 592818, 18 pages
A -Analogue of Rucinski-Voigt Numbers
Department of Mathematics, Mindanao State University, Marawi City 9700, Philippines
Received 1 August 2012; Accepted 19 September 2012
Academic Editors: L. Ji and W. F. Klostermeyer
Copyright © 2012 Roberto B. Corcino and Charles B. Montero. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
A -analogue of Rucinski-Voigt numbers is defined by means of a recurrence relation, and some properties including the orthogonality and inverse relations with the -analogue of the limit of the differences of the generalized factorial are obtained.
Rucinski and Voigt  defined the numbers satisfying the relation where is the sequence and and proved that these numbers are asymptotically normal. We call these numbers Rucinski-Voigt numbers. Note that the classical Stirling numbers of the second kind in [2–4] and the -Stirling numbers of the second kind of Broder  can be expressed in terms of as follows: where and are the sequences and , respectively. With these observations, may be considered as certain generalization of the second kind Stirling-type numbers.
Several properties of Rucinski-Voigt numbers can easily be established parallel to those in the classical Stirling numbers of the second kind. To mention a few, we have the triangular recurrence relation the exponential and rational generating function and explicit formulas
The explicit formula in can be used to interpret as the number of ways to distribute distinct balls into the cells ( one ball at a time ), the first of which has distinct compartments and the last cell with distinct compartments, such that(i)the capacity of each compartment is unlimited;(ii)the first cells are nonempty.
The other explicit formula can also be used to interpret as the number of ways of assigning people to groups of tables where all groups are occupied such that the first group contains distinct tables and the rest of the group each contains distinct tables.
The Rucinski-Voigt numbers are nothing else but the -Whitney numbers of the second kind, denoted by , in Mező . That is, . It is worth-mentioning that the -Whitney numbers of the second kind are generalization of Whitney numbers of the second kind in Benoumhani's papers [7–9].
On the other hand, the limit of the differences of the generalized factorial  was also known as a generalization of the Stirling numbers of the first kind. That is, all the first kind Stirling-type numbers may also be expressed in terms of by a special choice of the values of and . It was shown in  that where is the sequence . Recently, -analogue and -analogue of , denoted by and , respectively, were established by Corcino and Hererra in  and obtained several properties including the horizontal generating function for where
The numbers are equivalent to the -Whitney numbers of the first kind, denoted by , in . More precisely, . These numbers are generalization of Whitney numbers of the first kind in Benoumhani's papers [7–9].
In this paper, we establish a -analogue of and obtain some properties including recurrence relations, explicit formulas, generating functions, and the orthogonality and inverse relations.
2. Definition and Some Recurrence Relations
It is known that a given polynomial is a -analogue of an integer if
For example, the polynomials are the -analogues of the integers , , and , respectively, since
The last two polynomials in (2.2) are called the -factorial and -binomial coefficients, respectively. With these in mind, it is interesting also that, for a given property of an integer , we can find an analogous property for the polynomial . For example, the binomial coefficients satisfy the known inversion formula and Vandermondes identity while the -binomial coefficients satisfy the -binomial inversion formula  and -Vandermondes identity 
Carlitz  defined a -Stirling number of the second kind in terms of a recurrence relation in connection with a problem in abelian groups, such that when , this gives the triangular recurrence relation for the classical Stirling numbers of the second kind
This motivates the authors to define a -analogue of the as follows.
Definition 2.1. For nonnegative integers and and complex numbers and , a -analogue of is defined by where is the sequence , , and for or .
The numbers may be considered as a -analogue of since, when , and, hence, the recurrence relation in (2.10) will give the recurrence relation in for where is the sequence . This fact will also be verified in Section 3 (Remark 3.4).
The above triangular recurrence relation for the -Stirling numbers of the second kind can easily be deduced from (2.10) by taking and .
Clearly, using the initial conditions of , we can have
By repeated application of (2.10), we obtain the following theorem.
Theorem 2.2. For nonnegative integers and and complex numbers and , the -analogue satisfies the following vertical recurrence relation: with initial conditions and for all .
Using the following notation we can now state the horizontal recurrence relation for .
Theorem 2.3. For nonnegative integers and and complex numbers and , the -analogue satisfies the following horizontal recurrence relation: with initial condition and for all .
It will be shown in Section 3 that
3. Explicit Formulas and Generating Functions
The next theorem is analogous to that relation in (1.1). This is necessary in obtaining one of the explicit formulas for and the orthogonality and inverse relations of and .
Theorem 3.1. For nonnegative integers and and complex numbers and , the -analogue satisfies the following relation:
The new -analogue of Newton's Interpolation Formula in  states that, for we have where , such that when , this can be simplified as
Using (3.1) with , we get which can be expressed further as
Applying the above Newton's Interpolation Formula and the identity in  we get
With , we obtain the following explicit formula.
Theorem 3.2. For nonnegative integers and and complex numbers and , the -analogue is equal to
Remark 3.3. We can also prove Theorem 3.2 using the -binomial inversion formula in (2.6). That is, by taking , (3.1) gives
Applying (2.6), we obtain
This is precisely the explicit formula in Theorem 3.2.
Remark 3.4. Note that , , and as . Thus, using property , as . This implies that is a proper -analogue of .
Now, using the explicit formula in Theorem 3.2, we obtain
Applying Cauchy's formula for the product of two power series , we get Thus,
Applying the above identity for to the function defined by we can further express the above generating function in terms of a -difference operator. More precisely,
This is a kind of exponential generating function for which is included in the next theorem. Together with this, a rational generating function for is also stated in the theorem that will be used to derive another explicit formula for in homogeneous symmetric function form.
Theorem 3.5. For nonnegative integers and and complex numbers and , the -analogue satisfies the exponential generating function and the rational generating function
Proof. We are done with the proof of the first generating function. We are left to prove the second one and we are going to prove this by induction on . For , we have
With and using Definition 2.1, we obtain
Hence, which gives
The rational generating function in Theorem 3.5 can then be expressed as
This sum may be written further as follows.
Theorem 3.6. For nonnegative integers and and complex numbers and , the explicit formula for in homogeneous symmetric function form is given by
This explicit formula is necessary in giving combinatorial interpretation of in the context of 0-1 tableau. Note that when and , Theorem 3.6 yields the -Stirling numbers of the second kind . Moreover, taking and , Theorem 3.6 reduces to
Using the representation given in  for the -binomial coefficients, we have
This is the identity that we used in Section 2.
4. Combinatorial Interpretation of
Definition 4.1 (see ). A 0-1 tableau is a pair , where is a partition of an integer and is a “filling” of the cells of corresponding Ferrers diagram of the shape with 0's and 1's, such that there is exactly one “1” in each column.
Using the partition , we can construct 60 distinct 0-1 tableaux. Figure 1 below shows one of these tableaux with , elsewhere such that .
Definition 4.2 (see ). An -tableau is a list of column of a Ferrer's diagram of a partition (by decreasing order of length) such that the lengths are part of the sequence , a strictly increasing sequence of nonnegative integers.
Let be a function from the set of nonnegative integers to a ring K. Suppose is an -tableau with columns of lengths . Then, we set
Note that might contain a finite number of columns whose lengths are zero since and if .
From this point onward, whenever an -tableau is mentioned, it is always associated with the sequence .
We are now ready to mention the following theorem.
Theorem 4.3. Let denote a function from to a ring (column weights according to length) which is defined by where and are complex numbers, and is the length of column of an -tableau in . Then
Now, we demonstrate simple combinatorics of 0-1 tableaux to obtain certain relation for . To start with, we have, from Theorem 4.3, where
Substituting , we obtain
Let where and for some numbers and . Then, with , we have
Now, we are going to count the number of tableaux with columns such that columns are of weight and columns are of weight , . Note that there are tableaux with columns whose lengths are taken from the lengths of the columns of . Since there is a one-to-one correspondence between weights and -tableaux, the number of -tableaux in is equal to the number of possible multisets with in . That is,
Thus, for all , we can generate tableaux with columns whose weights are , . However, there are only
distinct tableaux with columns whose lengths are in . Hence, every distinct tableau with columns, of which are of weight other than , appears times in the collection. Thus,
where denotes the set of all tableaux having columns of weights . Reindexing the double sum, we get where is the set of all tableaux with columns of weights for each . Clearly, . Therefore,
Applying Theorem 4.3 completes the proof of the following theorem.
Theorem 4.4. For nonnegative integers and and complex numbers and , the -analogue satisfies the following identity: where .
Taking , , and , Theorem 4.4 gives
5. Orthogonality and Inverse Relations
We notice that (1.4) can be written as
Using (1.1), it can easily be shown that where is the Kronecker delta defined by if , and if . Moreover, the following inverse relations hold:
Relation (5.2) is exactly the orthogonality relation for -Whitney numbers that appeared in . Consequently, the generating functions in and can be transformed, respectively, using (5.4) into the following identities: which will reduce to the following interesting identities for when :
Note that the number can be expressed in terms of the unified generalization of Stirling numbers by Hsu and Shiue  as . Hence, the identity in coincides with the identity in [17, Theorem 9] by taking .
Theorem 5.1. For nonnegative integers , , and and complex numbers and , the following orthogonality relation holds: where .
Remark 5.3. Let and be two matrices whose entries are and , respectively. That is, and . Then using Theorem 5.1, , the identity matrix of order . This implies that and are orthogonal matrices.
Using the orthogonality relation in Theorem 5.1, we can easily prove the following inverse relation.
Theorem 5.4. For nonnegative integers , , and , and complex numbers and , the following inverse relation holds: where .
Proof. Given , we have
The converse can be shown similarly.
One can easily prove the following inverse relation.
Theorem 5.5. For nonnegative integers , , and and complex numbers and , the following inverse relation holds: where .
Remark 5.6. The exponential and rational generating functions in Theorem 3.5 can be transformed into the following identities for the -analogue of : when , will exactly give , respectively.
The authors wish to thank the referees for reading and evaluating the paper. This research was partially funded by the Commission on Higher Education-Philippines and Mindanao State University-Main Campus, Marawi City, Philippines.
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