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Random compositions of integers are used as theoretical models for many applications. The degree of distinctness of a composition is a natural and important parameter. A possible measure of distinctness is the number $X$ of distinct parts (or components). This parameter has been analyzed in several papers. In this article we consider a variant of the distinctness: the number $X(m)$ of distinct parts of multiplicity m that we call the $m$-distinctness. A firstmotivation is a question asked by Wilf for random compositions: what is the asymptotic value of the probability that a randomly chosen part size in a random composition of an integer $ν$ has multiplicity $m$. This is related to $\mathbb{E}(X(m))$, which has been analyzed by Hitczenko, Rousseau and Savage. Here, we investigate, from a probabilistic point of view, the first full part, the maximum part size and the distribution of $X(m)$. We obtain asymptotically, as $ν → ∞$, the moments and an expression for a continuous distribution $φ$ , the (discrete) distribution of $X(m,ν )$ being computable from $φ$ .

Source: HAL:hal-01183943v1

Volume: DMTCS Proceedings vol. AC, Discrete Random Walks (DRW'03)

Section: Proceedings

Published on: January 1, 2003

Imported on: May 10, 2017

Keywords: generating functions,saddle point method,Mellin transforms,urns models,Poissonization,[INFO.INFO-DS] Computer Science [cs]/Data Structures and Algorithms [cs.DS],[INFO.INFO-DM] Computer Science [cs]/Discrete Mathematics [cs.DM],[MATH.MATH-CO] Mathematics [math]/Combinatorics [math.CO],[INFO.INFO-CG] Computer Science [cs]/Computational Geometry [cs.CG]

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