Matrix Identities on Weighted Partial Motzkin Paths

William Y.C. Chen, Nelson Y. Li, Louis W. Shapiro and Sherry H.F. Yan

 Abstract:  We give a combinatorial interpretation of a matrix identity on Catalan numbers and the sequence (1, 4, 42, 43, ...) which has been derived by Shapiro, Woan and Getu by using Riordan arrays. By giving a bijection between weighted partial Motzkin paths with an elevation line and weighted free Motzkin paths, we find a matrix identity on the number of weighted Motzkin paths and the sequence (1, k, k2,k3, ...) for k ≥2. By extending this argument to partial Motzkin paths with multiple elevation lines, we give a combinatorial proof of an identity recently obtained by Cameron and Nkwanta. A matrix identity on colored Dyck paths is also given, leading to a matrix identity for the sequence (1, t2 + t; (t2 +t)2, ...).

 AMS Classification:  05A15, 05A19

 Keywords:  Catalan number, Schröder number, Dyck path, Motzkin path, partial Motzkin path, free Motzkin path, weighted Motzkin path, Riordan array

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