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Daily Challenge #203 - Pascal's Triangle

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In the drawing below we have a part of the Pascal's triangle, lines are numbered from zero (top).

Pascal's Triangle

We want to calculate the sum of the squares of the binomial coefficients on a given line with a function called easyline (or easyLine or easy-line).

Can you write a program which calculates easyline(n) where n is the line number?

The function will take n (with: n >= 0) as parameter and will return the sum of the squares of the binomial coefficients on line n.


easyline(0) => 1
easyline(1) => 2
easyline(4) => 70
easyline(50) => 100891344545564193334812497256



Happy Coding!

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Discussion (3)

craigmc08 profile image
Craig McIlwrath


factorial :: (Integral a) => a -> a
factorial n = product [1..n]

choose :: (Integral a, Num b) => a -> a -> b
n `choose` k = fromIntegral $ factorial n `div` (factorial k * factorial (n - k)) 

easyLine :: (Integral a, Num b) => a -> b
easyLine n = (2 * n) `choose` n

From Wikipedia

The sum of the squares of the elements of row n equals the middle element of row 2n...In general form:

k=0n(nk)2=(2nn) \sum_{k = 0}^{n} {n \choose k}^2 = {2n \choose n}

p.s. I got to use the new latex feature for that!

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Vidit Sarkar

Python one-liner using recursion

easyLine = lambda n : 1 if n==0 else int((2*(2*n-1)/n)*easyLine(n-1))


easyLine(n) = 2*(2*n-1)/n * easyLine(n-1) when n > 0
            = 1 when n=0
vidit1999 profile image
Vidit Sarkar


// calculate nCr in O(r) time
long long binCoef(int n, int r){
    r = min(r, n-r);
    int ans = 1;
    for(int i=0;i<r;i++){
        ans *= (n-i);
        ans /= i+1;
    return ans;

// calculate the sum
// sum will be 2nCn
// O(n) solution
long long easyline(int n){
    return binCoef(2*n, n);
insogamer1 profile image

Little lazy solution using 11 in python3

def easyLine(n):
    if n<0:
    print (sum( [ int(i)**2 for i in str(11**n)] ))
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