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Revision as of 19:18, 23 November 2007
A symmetric sum is a type of summation.
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Definition
The th symmetric sum of a set of numbers is the sum of all products of of those numbers (). For example, if , and our set of numbers is , then:
1st Symmetric Sum =
2nd Symmetric Sum =
3rd Symmetric Sum =
4th Symmetric Sum =
Notation
The first symmetric sum of is often written . The th can be written
Uses
Symmetric sums show up in Vieta's formulas