This proves that permutations at distance p from the identity are exactly the permutations with n - p left-to-right-maxima, which are known to be counted by s(n, n - p), the signless
Stirling number of the first kind (see Flajolet and Sedgewick (2009) for the closed-form formula due to Schlomilch, and sequence OEIS A094638 in Sloane and collaborators (2016) for many occurrences of the corresponding triangular array).
While the bulk of the novel creates a distinction between good and bad interpretation of signs, the last couple of pages open up a wholly different kind of distinction, namely that between a world of signs (and consequently interpretation) and a signless
universe of presence.
Modernity bears witness to the triumph of the machine or mechanism qua typewriter--a signless
cloud--which veils the essence of writing and script through a signless
graph Laplacian: [absolute value of L] = D + A.
Now a group of businessmen wants the five signless
poles and their footings removed.
The ultimate belongs to the signless
realm, while argumentation belongs to the realm of signs (words and concepts)" (Powers, 1992: 11& 27).
The Joynt, a signless
institution on a drag chock with faceless college hangouts, is the very same bar where Vernon's parents met for the first time in 1978.
We've got it by the cartload: signless
, sexed-up and, best of all, sold out.
La Cueva, a signless
, inconspicuous club on a vibrant but gritty stretch of 26th Street--the main drag of Chicago's Mexican community La Villita--is by many accounts the oldest existing Latino drag club in the country.
Due to a zoning interpretation of the new Tampa Bay Unified Sign Ordinance, New Harmony was left essentially signless
Moss acknowledges that he's excited by danger, but walking alone through signless
, slummy back streets to reach Jihad's squalid room, he berates himself for his foolhardiness.
Sometimes positive metaphors are used, connoting absolute safety, refuge, and release: nirvana is freedom (vimukti), supreme bliss, the eternal (amrta),the infinite (ananta), in which awareness is signless
, boundless, all-luminous; it is utter peace, the island amidst the flood, the cool cave of shelter.