# Binomial Coefficient with Zero

## Theorem

$\forall r \in \R: \dbinom r 0 = 1$

The usual presentation of this result is:

$\forall n \in \N: \dbinom n 0 = 1$

## Proof

From the definition of binomial coefficients:

$\dbinom r k = \dfrac {r^{\underline k} } {k!}$ for $k \ge 0$

where $r^{\underline k}$ is the falling factorial.

In turn:

$\ds x^{\underline k} := \prod_{j \mathop = 0}^{k - 1} \paren {x - j}$

But when $k = 0$, we have:

$\ds \prod_{j \mathop = 0}^{-1} \paren {x - j} = 1$

as $\ds \prod_{j \mathop = 0}^{-1} \paren {x - j}$ is a vacuous product.

From the definition of the factorial we have that $0! = 1$.

Thus:

$\forall r \in \R: \dbinom r 0 = 1$

$\blacksquare$

### Integer Coefficients

This is completely compatible with the result for natural numbers:

$\forall n \in \N: \dbinom n 0 = 1$

From the definition:

 $\ds \binom n 0$ $=$ $\ds \frac {n!} {0! \ n!}$ Definition of Binomial Coefficient $\ds$ $=$ $\ds \frac {n!} {1 \cdot n!}$ Definition of Factorial of $0$ $\ds$ $=$ $\ds 1$

$\blacksquare$