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### Convergence of expansion for fractional iteration

I was reading about tetration here. The site mentions that the convergence of the expansion for fractional iteration is unproven. However, I was interested in reading more literature about convergence ...
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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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### Random walk by simplex vertices

I apologize if this question is well-known, but I was unable to find it mentioned anywhere. There exists a bug which moves around in $r$-space. The bug begins at the origin of this $r$-space. If the ...
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### Permutations of letters under some conditions

Let $W(p,q,r,s)$ be the number of permutations of the letters which satisfy the following conditions : Condition 1 : The letters are consist of $P,Q,R,S$. Condition 2 : The number of letter ...
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### $\int^{\infty}_{0}x^{r +s- 1}(1 + x)^{-s}(1 + x^2)^{-\frac{rm}{2}}dx$

I'm trying to solve the integral $\int^{\infty}_{0}x^{r +s- 1}(1 + x)^{-s}(1 + x^2)^{-\frac{rm}{2}}dx$, where $s$, $r$ and $m$>1 are positive integers. My question is whether a closed form ...
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### Experimental mathematics: how are floating point equations discovered/converted to exact equations?

the 2005 AMS article/survey on experimental mathematics[1] by Bailey/Borwein mentions many remarkable successes in the field including new formulas for $\pi$ that were discovered via the PSLQ ...
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### Expectation under a t-distribution

Given parameters $\lambda, \nu>0$, a covariance matrix $R$, a mean vector $\mu \in R^p$, the Arellano-Valle and Bolfarine's generalized $t$ distribution is given by (see, for example, the book by ...
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### Growth of a particular sequence

Not sure if this is research level? While analyzing a particular algorithm, I came across the following series: $\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{3^{k}}{\prod_{i=1}^{k-1}2^{2^{i}}}$ Is there a closed form ...
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### an equation in fractions

I have an equation of the form $\sum_{i=1}^{m}{\frac{1}{a_{i}-x}}=\sum_{j=1}^{n}{\frac{1}{b_{j}-x}}$ and would like to express $x$ as a an approximate explicit function of the $a_{i},b_{j},m,n$. Have ...
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### A certain sum with q by the power of binomial (n 2)

Is there a closed form to the following sum: $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a^nq^{n(n-1)/2}$ for all $a>0$ and $0\lt q\lt 1$ ?
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### Simplifying finite sum over 1/(ax+b)

Can I simplify: $$\sum_{x=x_0}^{x_1} \frac{1}{ax+b}$$
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### Is there a closed formula for the generating function of some trinomial coefficients?

We learn in calculus how to obtain a sum of binomial coefficients $\frac{(2d)!}{(d!)^2}$ in terms of a generating function $\sum_{d \geq 0} \frac{(2d)!}{(d!)^2} x^d$ by the Taylor series of ...
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### New results on Chow's notion of closed-form numbers?

In an interesting article (available here), Timothy Chow proposes that a closed-form number be defined as an element of the smallest subfield of $\mathbb{C}$ that is closed under $\exp$ and a chosen ...
I would like to compute analytically the following expected value: $$E\left( \frac{X_i^2}{\sum_j \lambda_j^2 X_j^2}\right)$$ where the $X_i \approx N(0,1)$ are iid. It seems to be an elementary ...
The formula for 1 + a + a^2 + .... where 0 < a < 1 is $\frac{1}{1-a}$, but what if you wanted to sum only those where the exponent is a power of 2? That is, $S = a + a^2 + a^4 + a^8 + \cdots$ ...