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Name for series $\sum f_n x^n / (n! (n+k)!)$

Let $(f_n)_{n\ge0}$ be a real sequence. Then $\sum f_n {x^n \over n!}$ is called the exponential generating function of $(f_n)$. Let $k\ge0$ be a nonnegative integer. If we add another factorial ...
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Convergence and summation of power towers or Ackermann functions

I deleted this at StackExchange as it seems advanced or not very relevant for there and I want to ask here. Let z be a complex number, $Im(z)\neq 0$ or $Re(z)<4$, m be a natural number, let ...
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If two functions are equal to their Newton series, is their composition also equal to its Newton series?

Suppose we have two real-valued functions $f(x)$ and $g(x)$, both equal to their Newton series expansion: $$f(x) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \binom{x}k \Delta^k f\left (0\right)$$ $$g(x) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty ...
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Cesaro(?)/Euler(?) - summation of the $s(p)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty (-1)^{H(k)} (1+k)^p$ for $p=1,2,3,…$ (where $H(k)$ is the Hamming-weight)

In another thread (in MO) there was a question about a series where the signs at the terms alternate with the "Hamming-weight", that means according to the number of bits in the binary representation ...
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Sum of series $a^{i^2}$

Is there any closed form known for the expression $\sum_{i=1}^\infty a^{i^2}$ where $|a|<1$? Thanks!
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What is known about $\displaystyle \sum_k{a^{b^k}}$?

What is known about $\displaystyle \sum_k{a^{b^k}}$? I am very interested in the possible applications of this series. I have asked about this on Mathematics Stack Exchange here. I'm wondering if ...
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Looking for a limit related to the series in a previous post

Can any one show that the following limit? $$ \lim_{z\rightarrow \infty} \sqrt{z} \: e^{-z}\sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{z^k}{k! \sqrt{k}} \quad \stackrel{?}{=} \quad\sqrt{2}-1. $$ If one uses the ...
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How to integrate an exponential function of an exponential function?

Does any one know how to calculate the following integration? $$ \int_{\mathbb{R}} \left(\exp(z \: e^{-y^2})-1\right)^2 dy=?,\quad z>0. $$ This post is related to my previous question here , ...
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Has anyone seen this series?

I come across the following infinite series. $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{t^n}{n!\: n^{a}}, \quad\text{for $t>0$ and $a>0$}. $$ In particular, I am interested in the case where $a=1/4$. ...
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Energy of repeated filter

For given sequences $a=(a_1, a_2, \cdots)$ and $b=(b_1, b_2, \cdots)$, define $$a \star b$$ as the convolution. Formally, $$c=a \star b$$ implies the $i$th element of $c$, $c_i$, satisfies the ...
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Infinite series - analytical solution

Analytical Solution is required for: $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty (2n+1)\exp(-n(n+1)x),$$ $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty (2n+1)^2\exp(-n(n+1)x),$$ $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty n(n+1)(2n+1)\exp(-n(n+1)x),$$ $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty ...
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Is the mapping $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow [0,1], \ x \mapsto \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\lfloor x^n \rfloor \mod 2}{2^n}$ surjective?

Is the mapping $$ f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow [0,1], \ x \mapsto \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\lfloor x^n \rfloor \mod 2}{2^n} $$ surjective? If not, what is its image? If yes, what can be said about ...
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The $d$-dimension extension of Bernoulli Polynomial

It is known that Bernoulli polynomial has the following Fourier expansion: \begin{equation*} B_{2n}(x) = \frac{(-1)^{n-1}2(2n)!}{(2\pi)^{2n}}\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{\cos(2k\pi x)}{k^{2n}}. ...
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Convergent subsequence of $\sin n$

It is well known (not to me -- ed.) that for every real number $\theta \in [0, 1]$ there exists a sequence $(k_i)$ such that $\lim\sin k_i = \theta,$ but there appear to be no explicit such ...
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Certain asymptotics involving double infinite sum

Let $1<\alpha<\beta<3/2$. Set $$ S(n)= \sum_{i,j>0} [i^\alpha+j^\beta]^{-1}[(i+n)^\alpha+(j+n)^\beta]^{-1}. $$ One can check that $S(n)$ is finite. My question is when $n\rightarrow ...
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Calculus Teaching: Is it possible or desirable to give a severely abbreviated treatment of series convergence tests?

I will be teaching Calculus 2 this fall at a large U.S. state university. Our incoming students tend to have a limited or inconsistent background, which limits the amount of material we can cover. ...
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The functional equation of Hofstadter's Q sequence

Hofstadter's Q sequence is defined by $Q(1) = Q(2) = 1$ and $Q(n) = Q(n-Q(n-1)) + Q(n-Q(n-2))$ for $n \geq 3$. So far hardly anything on this sequence has been proved -- not even that $Q(n)$ is ...
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On the continuity of $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} sin(nx) / n^\alpha$

I know that the series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \sin(nx) / n^\alpha$, with $0 < \alpha < 1$, converges for $x \in [0,2\pi]$. I'm trying to understand if the function $f(x) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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An elementary expression for $_3F_2(1,1,9/4;2,2;-1)$

Consider the following series: $$S=\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n\ \Gamma\left(\frac{5}{4}+n\right)}{n^2\ \Gamma(n)}.$$ It can be expressed in terms of a hypergeometric function: ...
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Equally subspacing the support of a monotone function, maintaining its mean

SETUP: Assume $f(\cdot)$ is continuous and strictly monotone decreasing on $[0,\infty]$, with $f(0)>0$ and $f(\infty)<0$. Let $x_m$ be the solution of $\frac{1}{m}\sum_{i=1}^{m}f(ix)=0$, where ...
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The unreasonable effectiveness of Pade approximation

I am trying to get an intuitive feel for why the Pade approximation works so well. Given a truncated Taylor/Maclaurin series it "extrapolates" it beyond the radius of convergence. But what I can't ...
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Given a sequence of real numbers,do the following conditions suffice to guarantee convergence to 0?

If $x_{a+1}$-$x_{a}$ converges to $0$ and $x_{2a}$-$2x_{a}$ converges to $0$ , does that imply $x_a$ converges to $0$?
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On methods for dealing with recursively defined sequences

Define $a_1=8$ and $a_n=\frac{4^{n+1}-2^{n+2}\sqrt{4^n-a_{n-1}}}{2}$ for $n\geq 2$. By means of harmonic analysis methods it can be shown that $a_n$ converges to $\pi^2$ (this being the first ...
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Convergence of Newton series for sin ax

Let's define half discrete-analytic function as a function whose Newton series converges to that function for each $x>0$: $$f(x)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty \binom{x}k \Delta^k f\left ...
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An operator realizing the Borel transform

Let $y(z) = \sum_k y_k z^k$ be a holomorphic function in a vicinity of the point $z=0$. Define its Borel transform $By$ as a function $By(z) = \sum_k \frac {y_k}{k!} z^k$. The well-know formula ...
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Alternating sums of GCDs

The exciting question on alternating sums of binomial coefficients triggered me to ask the following much simpler question (sorry if it is too simple, but I'm not a number theorist, so I must be ...
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Alternating sum of square roots of binomial coefficients

Let $$ c_n = \sum_{r=0}^n (-1)^r \sqrt{\binom{n}{r}}. $$ It is clear that $c_n = 0$ if $n$ is odd. Remarkably, it appears that despite the huge positive and negative contributions in the sum ...
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Is $ \sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty x^n / \sqrt{n!} $ positive?

Is $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty {x^n \over \sqrt{n!}} > 0 $$ for all real $x$? (I think it is.) If so, how would one prove this? (To confirm: This is the power series for $e^x$, except with the ...
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Products of trigonometric functions with increasing frequencies

I am looking at weighted $L_2$ norms of a class of Littlewood polynomials, related to Walsh and Rademacher functions which made me look for pseudo-closed forms or computationally efficient expressions ...
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Divergence of Dirichlet series

Suppose $s$ is a complex number with $\Re(s) \in (0,1]$ and $\{a_n\}$ is a complex sequence converging to $a \neq 0$. Must the Dirichlet series $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{a_n}{n^s}$$ diverge? I asked ...
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Exact Value of a Series

It is very easy to show that the series $$\frac{1-1/2}{1\times2} - \frac{1-1/2+1/3}{2\times3} + \frac{1-1/2+1/3-1/4}{3\times4} - ...$$ i.e. $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} ...
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Can averaged limits of sequences be realized as limits of sequences?

Let a summation method take a sequence $(x_n)$ to a net $(y_\alpha)$, where $\alpha$ runs over a partially ordered set, $y_\alpha=\sum c_{\alpha,n}x_n$ ($c_{\alpha,n}\geq 0$, $\sum_n c_{\alpha,n}=1$ ...
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Ramanujan's eccentric Integral formula

The wikipedia page on Srinivasa Ramanujan gives a very strange formula: Ramanujan: If $0 < a < b + \frac{1}{2}$ then, $$\int\limits_{0}^{\infty} \frac{ 1 + x^{2}/(b+1)^{2}}{ 1 + ...
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Ramanujan's Incorrect formula

I actually looked at one of my Questions (posted at MATH.SE) again and found a formula which actually Ramanujan had discovered. Ramanujan: If $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are positive numbers such that ...
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Functions defined as infinite products

Are there standard references on infinite products of rational functions and their convergence properties? I'd appreciate information on finite products too! The original motivation for this is the ...
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Coefficient bounds of an inequality

Hello, Given positive integers $k$ and $n$. Are there upper bounds on coefficients $A$ and $B$ such that they depends only on $k$ (eg., $2 k^k$) and for all non-negative integer sequences ...
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Pseudo-alternate series

Suppose $(a_n)$ is a non-increasing sequence of positive real numbers and $\varepsilon_i = \{\pm 1\},\ \forall i \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $\sum\limits_{i=1}^\infty \varepsilon_i a_i$ is convergent. ...
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Inverting a power series? … Cornish Fisher

Hello In the derivation of the cornish fisher expansion, the following equation is obtained: $$ \sum_{n=2}^{\infty} b_n H_{n-1}(x_\alpha) = \sum_{j=1}^{\infty}\frac{(x_\alpha - ...
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Convergence of alternating harmonic sums

I owe the idea of asking this question to Max Muller and his curiosity. What is the set of $\alpha$ in the interval $0\le\alpha < 1$ for which the alternating sum $$ ...
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Nonexistence of boundary between convergent and divergent series?

The following is a FAQ that I sometimes get asked, and it occurred to me that I do not have an answer that I am completely satisfied with. In Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis, following ...
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How to rearrange only negative part of a conditionally convergent series to get any sum greater then initial?

Suppose that $\sum^\infty_{n=1} u_n = s,$ where the series converges conditionally, and $s'>s$. How to prove the existence of such a permutation $\sigma,$ such that 1) $u_n\geq 0 \rightarrow ...
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Series of squared Fourier coefficients

Hi, if the Fourier series development of $g(t)$ (periodic, $C^\infty$) is $$ g(t)=\sum_{-\infty}^{+\infty}a_n e^{in\omega t} $$ does the series $$ \sum_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\frac{a_n^2}{n^2}? $$ ...
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A transformation of infinite series

Suppose I have a convergent infinite series $\sum_{n=0}^\infty (-1)^n a_n = S_0$ and $0 < S_0 < 1$. Write $s_n$ for the $n$-th partial sum. ($s_n = \sum_{k=0}^n (-1)^k a_k$) Now consider the ...
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On the behaviour of $\sin(n!\pi x)$ when $x$ is irrational.

Hi, I'm interested in the behaviour of the sequence $(\sin(n!\pi x))$, when $x$ is irrational, as $n$ tends to infinity. 1) Is the sequence dense in $(-1,1)$? or 2) Is it possible that for some ...
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Can a conditionally convergent series of vectors be rearranged to give any limit?

Warmup (you've probably seen this before) Suppose $\sum_{n\ge 1} a_n$ is a conditionally convergent series of real numbers, then by rearranging the terms, you can make "the same series" converge to ...
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Can we find an l-2 sequence if we know all l-p norms?

I'm wondering if there is a way to approximate the first $M$ terms of a non-increasing $\ell^2$ sequence $\{c_n\}$ if we know $|c|_p^p = \sum c_n^p$ for $p=2,3,4,\dots$? I've tried truncating the ...
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Are there Generalisations of a Limit (for Just-divergent Sequences)?

There are certain sequences such as 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, ... that do not converge, but that may be assigned a generalised limit. Such a sequence is said to diverge, although in this case a phrase ...
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Which sequences can be extended to analytic functions? (e. g., Ackermann's function)

Let {an} be a sequence of complex numbers indexed by the positive integers. Does there always exist an analytic function f such that f(n) = an for n=1,2,...? If not, are there any simple necessary or ...