Hybrid Proofs of the $q$-Binomial Theorem and Other Identities

  • Dennis Eichhorn
  • James McLaughlin
  • Andrew V. Sills


We give "hybrid" proofs of the $q$-binomial theorem and other identities. The proofs are "hybrid" in the sense that we use partition arguments to prove a restricted version of the theorem, and then use analytic methods (in the form of the Identity Theorem) to prove the full version.

We prove three somewhat unusual summation formulae, and use these to give hybrid proofs of a number of identities due to Ramanujan.

Finally, we use these new summation formulae to give new partition interpretations of the Rogers-Ramanujan identities and the Rogers-Selberg identities.

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