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Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences
Volume 1 (1997), Issue 2, Pages 151-157

Classroom note: An inductive derivation of Stirling numbers of the second kind and their applications in statistics

1Department of Mathematical Sciences, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Econometrics, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia

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An inductive method has been presented for finding Stirling numbers of the second kind. Applications to some discrete probability distributions for finding higher order moments have been discussed.