Generating Functions

  • George Pólya
  • Robert E. Tarjan
  • Donald R. Woods
Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series


Generating functions are a general mathematical tool developed by de Moivre, Stirling, and Euler in the 18th century, and are used often in combinatorics. As usual, we start by taking a concrete example: In how many can you make change for a dollar? We’ll assume that we’re dealing with only five types of coins–pennies, nickels dimes, quarters, and half dollars.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Pólya
    • 1
  • Robert E. Tarjan
    • 2
  • Donald R. Woods
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer SciencePrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  3. 3.Google Inc.Mountain ViewUSA

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