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A002895 Domb numbers: number of 2n-step polygons on diamond lattice.
(Formerly M3626 N1473)
1, 4, 28, 256, 2716, 31504, 387136, 4951552, 65218204, 878536624, 12046924528, 167595457792, 2359613230144, 33557651538688, 481365424895488, 6956365106016256, 101181938814289564, 1480129751586116848, 21761706991570726096, 321401321741959062016 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)



a(n) is the (2n)th moment of the distance from the origin of a 4-step random walk in the plane. - Peter M.W. Gill (peter.gill(AT)nott.ac.uk), Mar 03 2004

Row sums of the cube of A008459. - Peter Bala, Mar 05 2013

Conjecture: Let D(n) be the (n+1) X (n+1) Hankel-type determinant with (i,j)-entry equal to a(i+j) for all i,j = 0..n. Then the number D(n)/12^n is always a positive odd integer. - Zhi-Wei Sun, Aug 14 2013

It appears that the expansions exp( Sum_{n >= 1} a(n)*x^n/n ) = 1 + 4*x + 22*x^2 + 152*x^3 + 1241*x^4 + ... and exp( Sum_{n >= 1} 1/4*a(n)*x^n/n ) = 1 + x + 4*x^2 + 25*x^3 + 199*x^4 + ... have integer coefficients. See A267219. - Peter Bala, Jan 12 2016

This is one of the Apéry-like sequences - see Cross-references. - Hugo Pfoertner, Aug 06 2017

Named after the British-Israeli theoretical physicist Cyril Domb (1920-2012). - Amiram Eldar, Mar 20 2021


N. J. A. Sloane, A Handbook of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1973 (includes this sequence).

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Indranil Ghosh, Table of n, a(n) for n = 0..832 (terms 0..100 from T. D. Noe)

B. Adamczewski, Jason P. Bell and E. Delaygue, Algebraic independence of G-functions and congruences "a la Lucas", arXiv preprint arXiv:1603.04187 [math.NT], 2016.

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Jonathan M. Borwein, Adventures with the OEIS: Five sequences Tony may like, Guttmann 70th [Birthday] Meeting, 2015, revised May 2016.

Jonathan M. Borwein, Adventures with the OEIS: Five sequences Tony may like, Guttmann 70th [Birthday] Meeting, 2015, revised May 2016. [Cached copy, with permission]

Jonathan M. Borwein and Armin Straub, Mahler measures, short walks and log-sine integrals, Theoretical Computer Science, Vol. 479 (2013), pp. 4-21.

Jonathan M. Borwein, Armin Straub and Christophe Vignat, Densities of short uniform random walks, Part II: Higher dimensions, Preprint, 2015.

Jonathan M. Borwein, Dirk Nuyens, Armin Straub and James Wan, Random Walk Integrals, 2010.

Alin Bostan, Andrew Elvey Price, Anthony John Guttmann and Jean-Marie Maillard, Stieltjes moment sequences for pattern-avoiding permutations, arXiv:2001.00393 [math.CO], 2020.

H. Huat Chan, Song Heng Chan and Zhiguo Liu, Domb's numbers and Ramanujan-Sato type series for 1/pi, Adv. Math., Vol. 186, No. 2 (2004), pp. 396-410.

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Cyril Domb, On the theory of cooperative phenomena in crystals, Advances in Phys., Vol. 9 (1960), pp. 149-361.

Ofir Gorodetsky, New representations for all sporadic Apéry-like sequences, with applications to congruences, arXiv:2102.11839 [math.NT], 2021. See alpha p. 3.

John A. Hendrickson, Jr., On the enumeration of rectangular (0,1)-matrices, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, Vol. 51 (1995), pp. 291-313.

Ji-Cai Liu, Supercongruences for sums involving Domb numbers, arXiv:2008.02647 [math.NT], 2020.

Rui-Li Liu and Feng-Zhen Zhao, New Sufficient Conditions for Log-Balancedness, With Applications to Combinatorial Sequences, J. Int. Seq., Vol. 21 (2018), Article 18.5.7.

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a(n) = Sum_{k=0..n} binomial(n, k)^2 * binomial(2n-2k, n-k) * binomial(2k, k).

D-finite with recurrence: n^3*a(n) = 2*(2*n-1)*(5*n^2-5*n+2)*a(n-1) - 64*(n-1)^3*a(n-2). - Vladeta Jovovic, Jul 16 2004

Sum_{n>=0} a(n)*x^n/n!^2 = BesselI(0, 2*sqrt(x))^4. - Vladeta Jovovic, Aug 01 2006

G.f.: hypergeom([1/6, 1/3],[1],108*x^2/(1-4*x)^3)^2/(1-4*x). - Mark van Hoeij, Oct 29 2011

From Zhi-Wei Sun, Mar 20 2013: (Start)

Via the Zeilberger algorithm, Zhi-Wei Sun proved that:

(1) 4^n*a(n) = Sum_{k = 0..n} (binomial(2k,k)*binomial(2(n-k),n-k))^3/ binomial(n,k)^2,

(2) a(n) = Sum_{k = 0..n} (-1)^(n-k)*binomial(n,k)*binomial(2k,n)*binomial(2k,k)* binomial(2(n-k),n-k). (End)

a(n) ~ 2^(4*n+1)/((Pi*n)^(3/2)). - Vaclav Kotesovec, Aug 20 2013

G.f. y=A(x) satisfies: 0 = x^2*(4*x - 1)*(16*x - 1)*y''' + 3*x*(128*x^2 - 30*x + 1)*y'' + (448*x^2 - 68*x + 1)*y' + 4*(16*x - 1)*y. - Gheorghe Coserea, Jun 26 2018

a(n) = Sum_{p+q+r+s=n} (n!/(p!*q!*r!*s!))^2 with p,q,r,s >= 0. See Verrill, p. 5. - Peter Bala, Jan 06 2020


A002895 := n -> add(binomial(n, k)^2*binomial(2*n-2*k, n-k)*binomial(2*k, k), k=0..n): seq(A002895(n), n=0..25); # Wesley Ivan Hurt, Dec 20 2015

A002895 := n -> binomial(2*n, n)*hypergeom([1/2, -n, -n, -n], [1, 1, 1/2 - n], 1):

seq(simplify(A002895(n)), n=0..19); # Peter Luschny, May 23 2017


Table[Sum[Binomial[n, k]^2 Binomial[2n-2k, n-k]Binomial[2k, k], {k, 0, n}], {n, 0, 30}] (* Harvey P. Dale, Aug 15 2011 *)

a[n_] = Binomial[2*n, n]*HypergeometricPFQ[{1/2, -n, -n, -n}, {1, 1, 1/2-n}, 1]; (* or *) a[n_] := SeriesCoefficient[BesselI[0, 2*Sqrt[x]]^4, {x, 0, n}]*n!^2; Table[a[n], {n, 0, 19}] (* Jean-François Alcover, Dec 30 2013, after Vladeta Jovovic *)

max = 19; Total /@ MatrixPower[Table[Binomial[n, k]^2, {n, 0, max}, {k, 0, max}], 3] (* Jean-François Alcover, Mar 24 2015, after Peter Bala *)


(PARI) C=binomial;

a(n) = sum(k=0, n, C(n, k)^2 * C(2*n-2*k, n-k) * C(2*k, k) );

/* Joerg Arndt, Apr 19 2013 */


Cf. A002893, A008459, A169714, A169715, A228289, A267219.

The Apéry-like numbers [or Apéry-like sequences, Apery-like numbers, Apery-like sequences] include A000172, A000984, A002893, A002895, A005258, A005259, A005260, A006077, A036917, A063007, A081085, A093388, A125143 (apart from signs), A143003, A143007, A143413, A143414, A143415, A143583, A183204, A214262, A219692,A226535, A227216, A227454, A229111 (apart from signs), A260667, A260832, A262177, A264541, A264542, A279619, A290575, A290576. (The term "Apery-like" is not well-defined.)

For primes that do not divide the terms of the sequences A000172, A005258, A002893, A081085, A006077, A093388, A125143, A229111, A002895, A290575, A290576, A005259 see A260793, A291275-A291284 and A133370 respectively.

Sequence in context: A300050 A191801 A064340 * A294189 A350145 A353018

Adjacent sequences:  A002892 A002893 A002894 * A002896 A002897 A002898




N. J. A. Sloane


More terms from Vladeta Jovovic, Mar 11 2003



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