We consider the sum u of differences between adjacent letters of a word of n letters, chosen uniformly at random from a given alphabet. This paper obtains the enumerating generating function for the number of such words with respect to the sum u, as well as explicit formulas for the mean and variance of u.

Source : oai:HAL:hal-00988177v1

Volume: Vol. 11 no. 1

Section: Combinatorics

Published on: January 1, 2009

Submitted on: March 26, 2015

Keywords: [INFO.INFO-DM] Computer Science [cs]/Discrete Mathematics [cs.DM]

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