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October 11th, 2017, 08:15 PM  #1 
Member Joined: Oct 2015 From: Antarctica Posts: 89 Thanks: 0  Simplify the sum
How would you simplify the following sum? The parentheses refer to combinations (n choose r). The outcome should be a function of y. However, I cannot figure out how to simplify this. Any recommendations? 
October 11th, 2017, 09:20 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2015 From: Southern California, USA Posts: 1,488 Thanks: 749 
Mathematica chugged away at it for a while and didn't come up with anything.

October 12th, 2017, 03:36 PM  #3 
Member Joined: Oct 2015 From: Antarctica Posts: 89 Thanks: 0 
I figured it out. It's Vandermonde's identity. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandermonde%27s_identity 

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