Plane partitions IV: A conjecture of Mills-Robbins-Rumsey

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In this paper we consider a problem posed by W Mills D Robbins and H Rumsey for a certain plane partition generating function Zn(x, m) The special case Zn(1, m) is the generating function that arose in the weak Macdonald conjecture Mills-Robbins-Rumsey conjectured that Zn(2, m) also possesses a nice finite product representation Their conjecture is proved as Theorem 1 The method of proof resembles that of the evaluation of Zn(1, m) given previously Many results for the3F2 hypergeometric function are required including Whipple's theorem, the Pfaff-Saalschutz summation and contiguous relations In passing we note that our Lemma 2 provides a new and simpler representation of Zn(2, m) as a determinant {Mathematical expression} Conceivably this new representation may provide new interpretations of the combinatorial significance of Zn(2, m) In the final analysis, one would like a combinatorial explanation of Zn(2, m) that would provide an algorithmic proof of the Mills Robbins-Rumsey conjecture

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-250
Number of pages21
JournalAequationes Mathematicae
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1987

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Plane Partitions
Generating Function
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Partition Function
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Determinant
Evaluation

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  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics

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In: Aequationes Mathematicae, Vol. 33, No. 1, 01.02.1987, p. 230-250.

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