Algebra Seminar: Chelsea Drescher "Generating Functions" | Department of Mathematics

Algebra Seminar: Chelsea Drescher "Generating Functions"

Event Information
Event Location: 
GAB 461
Event Date: 
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Title: Introduction to Generating Functions


This talk will be an elementary introduction to the uses of generating functions. I will introduce motivation for using generating functions to "understand" a recurrence relation. Examples will be provided to show how generating functions can be used find an explicit formula for a given recurrence relation. If time, I will end with an example in which the generating function of the Bell numbers provides a simple recurrence relation for computing the Bell numbers.

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