Objects lying in four different boxes are rearranged in such a way that the number of objects in each box stays the same. Askey, Ismail, and Koornwinder proved that the cardinality of the set of rearrangements for which the number of objects changing boxes is even exceeds the cardinality of the set of rearrangements for which that number is odd. We give a simple counting proof of this fact.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics