- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company (July 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9810211392
- ISBN-13: 978-9810211394
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Principles and Techniques in Combinatorics
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One valuable feature of this text that I didn't see mentioned is the selection of topics. A lot of combinatorics texts rarely devote an entire chapter to recurrence relations. To the extent of my knowledge, examples of texts with limited coverage are Stanley (vol 1), Riordan, Harris-Hirst-Mossinghoff, Comtet, Bona and Camina-Lewis. Generating functions and recurrence relations often work side-by-side, so the additional coverage allows one to get more mileage from the material on generating functions. Also, recurrence relations are often slick ways to find inductive structure in a problem, which leads to proofs -- even if they aren't what you want, computationally.
One downside is the typesetting and the paper-back materials. The typesetting is overly dark and isn't very elegant. The pages of the book are almost stiffer than the covers, so this makes reading the text rather uncomfortable. World Scientific rarely makes books that are superior to Springer, Cambridge with respect to materials and appearance.