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A054026 a(n) is the number of sets of natural numbers [a,b,c,d,e] that can be produced with the numbers [0..n] such that the values of all the distinct parenthesized expressions of a-b-c-d-e are different. 1
0, 0, 0, 0, 300, 1296, 4116, 9984, 21384, 40800, 72600, 120960, 192660, 294000, 434700, 623616, 873936, 1197504, 1611504, 2131200, 2778300, 3571920, 4538820, 5702400, 7095000, 8744736, 10690056, 12964224, 15612324, 18673200, 22199100, 26234880, 30840480, 36067200, 41983200, 48646656, 56134476 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)



There are 14 ways to put parentheses in the expression a - b - c - d - e: ((a - (b - c)) - d) - e, (((a - b) - c) - d) - e, ((a - b) - (c - d)) - e, etc. This sequence describes how many sets of natural numbers [a,b,c,d,e] can be produced with the numbers {0,1,2,3,...,n} such that the values of all the distinct expressions are different.

It can be shown that in the set of expressions obtained this way, for any number of variables, a is always positive, b is always negative, and the other variables appear with every possible combination of signs. Therefore, the valid k-tuples of numbers in [0..n] are precisely those such that every subset of {c,d,e,...}, including the empty subset, has a distinct sum. For 5 variables, there are n*(n-1)*(n-2) ways to choose distinct, nonzero values for c, d, and e. For each k, there are floor((n-1)/2) ways to choose distinct numbers x and y in [0..n] such that x + y = k. Summing over all k in [0..n], allowing arbitrary permutations of {x,y,k}, and allowing a and b to be any value gives the formula below. - Charlie Neder, Jan 13 2019


Charlie Neder, Table of n, a(n) for n = 0..1000

Index entries for sequences related to parenthesizing

Index entries for linear recurrences with constant coefficients, signature (3,0,-8,6,6,-8,0,3,-1).


a(n) = (n+1)^2 * (n*(n-1)*(n-2) - 6*A002620(n-1)). - Charlie Neder, Jan 13 2019


For example, no such sets can be produced with only 0's, only 0's and 1's, only 0's and 1's and 2's, only 1's and 2's and 3's; with {0,1,2,3,4}, 300 such sets can be produced.


(PARI) a(n) = (1+n)^2*(3*(-1)^n+4*n^3-18*n^2+20*n-3)/4; \\ Jinyuan Wang, Jun 27 2020


Cf. A045991 (similar for a - b - c), A047929 (similar for a - b - c - d).

Sequence in context: A190879 A154061 A253650 * A237773 A188252 A128391

Adjacent sequences:  A054023 A054024 A054025 * A054027 A054028 A054029




Asher Auel (asher.auel(AT)reed.edu), Jan 27 2000


a(9)-a(36) from Charlie Neder, Jan 13 2019

Incorrect formula removed by Jinyuan Wang, Jun 27 2020



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