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A258666 A total of n married couples, including a mathematician M and his wife, are to be seated at the 2n chairs around a circular table, with no man seated next to his wife. After the ladies are seated at every other chair, M is the first man allowed to choose one of the remaining chairs. The sequence gives the number of ways of seating the other men, with no man seated next to his wife, if M chooses the chair that is 7 seats clockwise from his wife's chair. 8
0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 20, 117, 791, 6204, 55004, 543595, 5922925, 70518884, 910711076, 12678337153, 189252394275, 3015217877068, 51067618521276, 916176420499159, 17355904074255065, 346195849623668420, 7252654428822549364, 159210363264445218829, 3654550887654460566191 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)



This is a variation of the classic ménage problem (cf. A000179).

It is known [Riordan, ch. 8, ex. 7(b)] that, after the ladies are seated at every other chair, the number U_n of ways of seating the men in the ménage problem has asymptotic expansion U_n ~ e^(-2)*n!*(1 + Sum_{k>=1}(-1)^k/(k!(n-1)_k)), where (n)_k = n*(n-1)*...*(n-k+1).

Therefore, it is natural to conjecture that a(n) ~ e^(-2)*n!/(n-2)*(1 + sum{k>=1}(-1)^k/(k!(n-1)_k)).


I. Kaplansky and J. Riordan, The problème des ménages, Scripta Math. 12, (1946), 113-124.

J. Riordan, An Introduction to Combinatorial Analysis, Wiley, 1958, chs. 7, 8.


Table of n, a(n) for n=1..24.

Peter J. C. Moses, Seatings for 5 couples

E. Lucas, Sur le problème des ménages, Théorie des nombres, Paris, 1891, 491-496.

Vladimir Shevelev, Peter J. C. Moses, The ménage problem with a known mathematician, arXiv:1101.5321 [math.CO], 2011-2015.

Vladimir Shevelev and Peter J. C. Moses, Alice and Bob go to dinner: A variation on menage, INTEGERS, Vol. 16(2016), #A72.

J. Touchard, Sur un problème de permutations, C.R. Acad. Sci. Paris, 198 (1934), 631-633.


a(n)=0, n<=4; for n>=5, a(n) = sum{0<=k<=n-1}(-1)^k*(n-k-1)!sum{max(k-n+4, 0)<=j<=min(k,3)}binomial(6-j, j)*binomial(2*n-k+j-8, k-j).


a[n_] := If[n<5, 0, Sum[(-1)^k (n-k-1)! Sum[Binomial[6-j, j] Binomial[2n-k+j-8, k-j], {j, Max[k-n+4, 0], Min[k, 3]}], {k, 0, n-1}]];

Array[a, 24] (* Jean-François Alcover, Sep 19 2018 *)


(PARI) vector(30, n, if (n<=4, 0, sum(k=0, n-1, (-1)^k*(n-k-1)!*sum(j=max(k-n+4, 0), min(k, 3), binomial(6-j, j)*binomial(2*n-k+j-8, k-j))))) \\ Michel Marcus, Jun 17 2015


Cf. A000179, A258664, A258665, A258667, A258673, A259212.

Sequence in context: A158900 A190194 A127088 * A128236 A091046 A101055

Adjacent sequences:  A258663 A258664 A258665 * A258667 A258668 A258669




Vladimir Shevelev and Peter J. C. Moses, Jun 07 2015



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