Nonassociative Product

The number of nonassociative n-products with k elements preceding the rightmost left parameter is

=(n+k-2; k)-(n+k-1; k-1),

where (n; k) is a binomial coefficient. The number of n-products in a nonassociative algebra is


where C_n is a Catalan number, 1, 1, 2, 5, 14, 42, 132, ... (OEIS A000108).

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Niven, I. M. Mathematics of Choice: Or, How to Count Without Counting. Washington, DC: Math. Assoc. Amer., pp. 140-152, 1965.Sloane, N. J. A. Sequence A000108/M1459 in "The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences."

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Nonassociative Product

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