## Catalan’s Triangle

### September 19, 2017

Since our exercise a week ago, I’ve been reading about Catalan numbers, primarily based on the references at OEIS. Catalan’s Triangle (A009766) is a number triangle

1 1 1 1 2 2 1 3 5 5 1 4 9 14 14 1 5 14 28 42 42 1 6 20 48 90 132 132

such that each element is equal to the one above plus the one to the left.

Your task is to write a program that calculates a Catalan triangle. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.

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Another solution in Python using itertools.accumulate.

^^^ Javascript solution

Here’s a solution in C99.

Output:

C solution

An nice way to construct Catalan’s triangle is to first construct Pascal’s triangle:

and then the Catalan elements are just differences of adjacent elements along diagonals, so, for example, 429 = 3432-3003 = 1716-1287 and 90 = 210-120: