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    Difficult Question!

    Given p even integers and q odd integers x1 ,x2 ,x3,… xn (n=p+q), find the sum of all products,three at a time, form from, (-1)^ x1, (-1)^ x2 ,…. (-1)^xn , and show that this sum is 1/6[3(q2-p2)-(q-p)3-2(q-p)].
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    Your post is totally unreadable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rafilv View Post
    Given p even integers and q odd integers x1 ,x2 ,x3, xn (n=p+q), find the sum of all products,three at a time, form from, (-1)^ x1, (-1)^ x2 ,. (-1)^xn , and show that this sum is 1/6[3(q2-p2)-(q-p)3-2(q-p)].
    Hi rafilv,

    Allow me to restate what I think you are asking:

    Given p even integers and q odd integers x_1, x_2, \cdots ,x_n \text { where } n=p+q, show that the sum of all products taken three at a time from (-1)^{x_1}, (-1)^{x_2}, \cdots , (-1)^{x_n} \text{ is } (1/6)[3(q^2-p^2) - (q-p)^3-2(q-p)] .

    Consider (-1)^{x_i} (-1)^{x_j} (-1)^{x_k}.
    This product is 1 if all the x's are even, and there are \binom{p}{3} such terms;
    -1 if there is one odd x and two even x's, and there are \binom {q}{1} \binom{p}{2} such terms;
    1 if there are two odd x's and one even x, and there are \binom {q}{2} \binom{p}{1} such terms;
    -1 if there are three odd x's, and there are \binom {q}{3} such terms.

    So the sum is
    \binom{p}{3}(1) + \binom{q}{1}\binom{p}{2}(-1) + \binom{q}{2}\binom{p}{1}(1) + \binom{q}{3}(-1),
    and that expression simplifies (after a little algebra) to the desired result.

    jw
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