Signed countings of types B and D permutations and t,q-Euler numbers

Sen Peng Eu, Tung Shan Fu, Hsiang Chun Hsu, Hsin Chieh Liao*

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It is a classical result that the parity-balance of the number of weak excedances of all permutations (derangements, respectively) of length n is the Euler number En, alternating in sign, if n is odd (even, respectively). Josuat-Vergès obtained a q-analog of the results respecting the number of crossings of a permutation. One of the goals in this paper is to extend the results to the permutations (derangements, respectively) of types B and D, on the basis of the joint distribution in statistics excedances, crossings and the number of negative entries obtained by Corteel, Josuat-Vergès and Kim. Springer numbers are analogous Euler numbers that count the alternating permutations of type B, called snakes. Josuat-Vergès derived bivariate polynomials Qn(t,q) and Rn(t,q) as generalized Euler numbers via successive q-derivatives and multiplications by t on polynomials in t. The other goal in this paper is to give a combinatorial interpretation of Qn(t,q) and Rn(t,q) as the enumerators of the snakes with restrictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalAdvances in Applied Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun


  • Continued fractions
  • Derangements
  • Euler number
  • Signed permutations
  • Springer number
  • Weighted bicolored Motzkin paths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics


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