Set partitions and m-excedances

Toufik Mansour and Mark Shattuck
Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics
Print ISSN 1310–5132, Online ISSN 2367–8275
Volume 22, 2016, Number 1, Pages 42—54
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Toufik Mansour
Department of Mathematics, University of Haifa
3498838 Haifa, Israel

Mark Shattuck
Department of Mathematics, University of Haifa
3498838 Haifa, Israel


In this paper, we consider a generalized m-excedance statistic on set partitions which is analogous to the usual excedance statistic on permutations when m = 0. We study it from a probabilistic perspective in which set partitions are regarded as geometrically distributed words satisfying a so-called restricted growth property. We derive a general set of recurrences satisfied by the relevant generating functions and, in the m = 0 and m = 1 cases, find an explicit formula for the distribution of the statistic recording the number of m-excedances in partitions having a fixed number of blocks. When m = 0, one can also determine the joint distribution for the number of excedances with the major index statistic on set partitions. Further recurrences may be given in this case as well as formulas for the mean number of excedances and the variance.


  • Set partition
  • Geometric random variable
  • Excedance
  • q-generalization

AMS Classification

  • 05A15
  • 05A18
  • 60C05


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Mansour, T & Shattuck, M. (2016). Set partitions and m-excedances. Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics, 22(1), 42-54.

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