We are concerned with counting self-conjugate (s, s+ 1 , s+ 2) -core partitions. A Motzkin path of length n is a path from (0, 0) to (n, 0) which stays weakly above the x-axis and consists of the up U= (1 , 1) , down D= (1 , - 1) , and flat F= (1 , 0) steps. We say that a Motzkin path of length n is symmetric if its reflection about the line x= n/ 2 is itself. In this paper, we show that the number of self-conjugate (s, s+ 1 , s+ 2) -cores is equal to the number of symmetric Motzkin paths of length s, and give a closed formula for this number.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Algebra and Number Theory