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A006472 a(n) = n!*(n-1)!/2^(n-1).
(Formerly M3052)
1, 1, 3, 18, 180, 2700, 56700, 1587600, 57153600, 2571912000, 141455160000, 9336040560000, 728211163680000, 66267215894880000, 6958057668962400000, 834966920275488000000, 113555501157466368000000, 17373991677092354304000000, 2970952576782792585984000000 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)



Product of first (n-1) positive triangular numbers. Might be called a triangular factorial number. - Amarnath Murthy, May 19 2002, corrected by Alex Ratushnyak, Dec 03 2013

Number of ways of transforming n distinguishable objects into n singletons via a sequence of n-1 refinements. Example: a(3)=3 because we have XYZ->X|YZ->X|Y|Z, XYZ->Y|XZ->X|Y|Z and XYZ->Z|XY->X|Y|Z. - Emeric Deutsch, Jan 23 2005

In other words, a(n) is the number of maximal chains in the lattice of set partitions of {1, ..., n} ordered by refinement. - Gus Wiseman, Jul 22 2018

From David Callan, Aug 27 2009: (Start)

With offset 0, a(n) = number of unordered increasing full binary trees of 2n edges with leaf set {n,n+1,...,2n}, where full binary means each nonleaf vertex has two children, increasing means the vertices are labeled 0,1,2,...,2n and each child is greater than its parent, unordered might as well mean ordered and each pair of sibling vertices is increasing left to right. For example, a(2)=3 counts the trees with edge lists {01,02,13,14}, {01,03,12,14}, {01,04,12,13}.

PROOF. Given such a tree of size n, to produce a tree of size n+1, two new leaves must be added to the leaf n. Choose any two of the leaf set {n+1,...,2n,2n+1,2n+2} for the new leaves and use the rest to replace the old leaves n+1,...,2n, maintaining relative order. Thus each tree of size n yields (n+2)-choose-2 trees of the next size up. Since the ratio a(n+1)/a(n)=(n+2)-choose-2, the result follows by induction.

Without the condition on the leaves, these trees are counted by the reduced tangent numbers A002105. (End)

a(n) = Sum(M(t)N(t)), where summation is over all rooted trees t with n vertices, M(t) is the number of ways to take apart t by sequentially removing terminal edges (see A206494) and N(t) is  the number of ways to build up t from the one-vertex tree by adding successively edges to the existing vertices (the Connes-Moscovici weight; see A206496). See Remark on p. 3801 of the Hoffman reference. Example: a(3) = 3; indeed, there are two rooted trees with 3 vertices: t' = the path r-a-b and t" = V; we have M(t')=N(t')=1 and M(t") =1, N(t")=2, leading to M(t')N(t') + M(t")N(t")=3. - Emeric Deutsch, Jul 20 2012

Number of coalescence sequences or labeled histories for n lineages: the number of sequences by which n distinguishable leaves can coalesce to a single sequence. The coalescence process merges pairs of lineages into new lineages, labeling each newly formed lineage l by a subset of the n initial lineages corresponding to the union of all initial lineages that feed into lineage l. - Noah A Rosenberg, Jan 28 2019

Conjecture: For n>1, n divides 2*a(n-1)+4 if and only if n is prime. - Werner Schulte, Oct 04 2020


L. Comtet, Advanced Combinatorics, Reidel, 1974, p. 148.

L. Lovasz, Combin. Problems and Exercises, North-Holland, 1979, p. 165.

N. J. A. Sloane and Simon Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1995 (includes this sequence).

M. Steel, Phylogeny: Discrete and Random Processes in Evolution, SIAM, 2016, p. 47.


T. D. Noe, Table of n, a(n) for n = 1..50

Karl Dienger, Beiträge zur Lehre von den arithmetischen und geometrischen Reihen höherer Ordnung, Jahres-Bericht Ludwig-Wilhelm-Gymnasium Rastatt, Rastatt, 1910. [Annotated scanned copy]

Daniel Dockery, Polygorials, Special "Factorials" of Polygonal Numbers, preprint, 2003.

Filippo Disanto and Thomas Wiehe, Some combinatorial problems on binary rooted trees occurring in population genetics, arXiv preprint arXiv:1112.1295 [math.CO], 2011-2012.

P. Erdős, R. K. Guy and J. W. Moon, On refining partitions, J. London Math. Soc., 9 (1975), 565-570.

L. Ferretti, F. Disanto and T, Wiehe, The Effect of Single Recombination Events on Coalescent Tree Height and Shape, PLoS ONE 8(4): e60123.

O. Frank and K. Svensson, On probability distributions of single-linkage dendrograms, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 12 (1981), 121-131. (Annotated scanned copy)

M. E. Hoffman, Combinatorics of rooted trees and Hopf algebras, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 355, 2003, 3795-3811.

Shi-Mei Ma, Jun Ma, and Yeong-Nan Yeh, On certain combinatorial expansions of the Legendre-Stirling numbers, arXiv:1805.10998 [math.CO], 2018.

C. L. Mallows, Note to N. J. A. Sloane circa 1979.

F. Murtagh, Counting dendrograms: a survey, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 7 (1984), 191-199.

N. A. Rosenberg, The mean and variance of the numbers of r-pronged nodes and r-caterpillars in Yule-generated genealogical trees, Annals of Combinatorics, 10 (2006), 129-146.

Thomas Wiehe, Counting, grafting and evolving binary trees, arXiv:2010.06409 [q-bio.PE], 2020.

Index entries for sequences related to factorial numbers


a(n) = a(n-1)*A000217(n-1).

a(n) = A010790(n-1)/2^(n-1).

a(n) = polygorial(n, 3) = (A000142(n)/A000079(n))*A000142(n+1) = (n!/2^n)*Product_{i=0..n-1} (i+2) = (n!/2^n)*Pochhammer(2, n) = (n!^2/2^n)*(n+1) = polygorial(n, 4)/2^n*(n+1). - Daniel Dockery (peritus(AT)gmail.com), Jun 13 2003

a(n-1) = (-1)^(n+1)/(n^2*det(M_n)) where M_n is the matrix M_(i, j) = abs(1/i - 1/j). - Benoit Cloitre, Aug 21 2003

From Ilya Gutkovskiy, Dec 15 2016: (Start)

a(n) ~ 4*Pi*n^(2*n)/(2^n*exp(2*n)).

Sum_{n>=1} 1/a(n) = BesselI(1,2*sqrt(2))/sqrt(2) = 2.3948330992734... (End)


From Gus Wiseman, Jul 22 2018: (Start)

The (3) = 3 maximal chains in the lattice of set partitions of {1,2,3}:

  {{1},{2},{3}} < {{1},{2,3}} < {{1,2,3}}

  {{1},{2},{3}} < {{2},{1,3}} < {{1,2,3}}

  {{1},{2},{3}} < {{3},{1,2}} < {{1,2,3}}



A006472 := n -> n!*(n-1)!/2^(n-1):


FoldList[Times, 1, Accumulate[Range[20]]] (* Harvey P. Dale, Jan 10 2013 *)


(PARI) a(n) = n*(n-1)!^2/2^(n-1) \\ Charles R Greathouse IV, May 18 2015

(MAGMA) [Factorial(n)*Factorial(n-1)/2^(n-1): n in [1..20]]; // Vincenzo Librandi, Aug 23 2018


Cf. A000110, A000258, A002846, A005121, A213427, A317145.

Cf. A084939, A084940, A084941, A084942, A084943, A084944.

Sequence in context: A111465 A247029 A108994 * A132853 A259666 A323502

Adjacent sequences:  A006469 A006470 A006471 * A006473 A006474 A006475




N. J. A. Sloane



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