Annals of Combinatorics 4 (2000) 195-197

A Bijective Answer to a Question of Zvonkin

Richard Ehrenborg

Department of Mathematics, Royal Institute of Technology, S-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

Received March 17, 2000

AMS Subject Classification: 05A15, 60C05

Abstract. The purpose of this note is to give a bijective proof of the identity

\prod_{1 \leq i < j \leq n} (X_j - X_i)^2<br>
0! \cdot 1! \cdots n!,$$
where $X_1, \ldots, X_n$ are independent identically distributed normal random variables with mean 0 and variance 1. The bijection is obtained by combining a bijection of Gessel and a bijection of Ehrenborg with the interpretation that the moments of the normal distribution count the number of matchings.

Keywords: normal zero-one random variables, Vandermonde product, tournaments, matchings


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