## Document Type

Article

## Publication Date

2016

## Abstract

In the present paper we initiate the study of a certain kind of partition inequality, by showing, for example, that if M ≥ 5 is an integer and the integers a and b are relatively prime to M and satisfy 1 ≤ a < b < M/2, and the c(m, n) are defined by 1 (sqa, sqM−a; qM)∞ − 1 (sqb , sqM−b ; qM)∞ := X m,n≥0 c(m, n)s mq n , then c(m, Mn) ≥ 0 for all integers m ≥ 0, n ≥ 0. A similar result is proved for the integers d(m, n) defined by (−sqa , −sqM−a ; q M)∞ − (−sqb , −sqM−b ; q M)∞ := X m,n≥0 d(m, n)s mq n . In each case there are obvious interpretations in terms of integer partitions. For example, if p1,5(m, n) (respectively p2,5(m, n)) denotes the number of partitions of n into exactly m parts ≡ ±1( mod 5) (respectively ≡ ±2( mod 5)), then for each integer n ≥ 1, p1,5(m, 5n) ≥ p2,5(m, 5n), 1 ≤ m ≤ 5n.

## Publication Title

INTEGERS: The Electronic Journal of Combinatorial Number Theory

## ISSN

1553-1732

## Publisher

Colgate University, Charles University, and DIMATIA

## Volume

16

## Issue

A66

## First Page

1

## Last Page

16

## Recommended Citation

McLaughlin, J.
(2016).
Refinements of Some Partition Inequalities.
*INTEGERS: The Electronic Journal of Combinatorial Number Theory, 16*(A66), 1-16.
Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/math_facpub/70

## Comments

Preprint version is available here.