The Ramanujan-Dyson identities and George Beck's congruence conjectures

George E. Andrews

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Dyson's famous conjectures (proved by Atkin and Swinnerton-Dyer) gave a combinatorial interpretation of Ramanujan's congruences for the partition function. The proofs of these results center on one of the universal mock theta functions that generate partitions according to Dyson's rank. George Beck has generalized the study of partition function congruences related to rank by considering the total number of parts in the partitions of n. The related generating functions are no longer part of the world of mock theta functions. However, George Beck has conjectured that certain linear combinations of the related enumeration functions do satisfy congruences modulo 5 and 7. The conjectures are proved here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Number Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Algebra and Number Theory


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