A half-normal distribution scheme for generating functions and the unexpected behavior of Motzkin paths

10 May 2016  ·  Wallner Michael ·

We present an extension of a theorem by Michael Drmota and Mich\`ele Soria [Images and Preimages in Random Mappings, 1997] that can be used to identify the limiting distribution for a class of combinatorial schemata. This is achieved by determining analytical and algebraic properties of the associated bivariate generating function... We give sufficient conditions implying a half-normal limiting distribution, extending the known conditions leading to either a Rayleigh, a Gaussian, or a convolution of the last two distributions. We conclude with three natural appearances of such a limiting distribution in the domain of Motzkin paths. read more

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Combinatorics Discrete Mathematics Probability