Parity of number of partitions of an integer
Richard Guy
rkg at cpsc.ucalgary.ca
Thu Sep 4 16:49:10 CEST 2003
This is what is referred to? R.
2001a:11175 Eriksson, Nicholas $q$-series, elliptic curves, and odd
values of the partition function. Int. J. Math. Math. Sci. 22 (1999),
no. 1, 55--65. 11P83 (11F20 11G05)
Summary: "Let $p(n)$ be the number of partitions of an integer $n$. Euler
proved the following recurrence for $p(n)$:
$$p(n)=\sum^\infty_{k=1}(-1)^{k+1}(p(n-\omega(k))+p(n-\omega(-k))),\tag{$*$}$$
where $\omega(k)=(3k^2+k)/2$. In view of Euler's result, one sees that it
is fairly easy to compute $p(n)$ very quickly. However, many questions
remain open even regarding the parity of $p(n)$. In this paper, we use
various facts about elliptic curves and $q$-series to construct, for every
$i\geq1$, finite sets $M_i$ for which $p(n)$ is odd for an odd number of
$n\in M_i$."
On Thu, 4 Sep 2003, Hans Havermann wrote:
> benoit wrote:
>
> > PARITY OF THE PARTITION FUNCTION
> > by KEN ONO
>
> Ivars Peterson mentions Ken Ono's finding and Nicholas Eriksson's
> subsequent extension:
>
> http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathland_3_24.html
>
> Eriksson's results are available as a PDF document:
>
> http://ftp.fi.muni.cz/pub/muni.cz/EMIS/journals/IJMMS/volume-22/
> S0161171299220558.pdf?N=A
>
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