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An upper bound for the length of the continued fraction expansion of $\sqrt d$

Let $d\ge 2$ and let $$ \sqrt d =[a_0; \overline{a_1,\dots, a_\ell, 2a_0}] $$ be its continued fraction expansion. Clearly, if $d=n^2+1$, then $\ell=0$, which gives the lower bound for $\ell$. ...
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Applications of finite continued fractions

I know some applications of finite continued fractions. Probably you know more. Can you add anything? (For for Applications of periodic continued fractions I have made a special topic.) 1) (Trivial) ...
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Open problems in continued fractions theory

I propose to collect here open problems from the theory of continued fractions. Any types of continued fractions are welcome.
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When two Dedekind sums are equal

The (classical) Dedekind sum $s(h,k)$ is defined as $$s(h,k)=\sum_{r=1}^{k-1}\frac{r}{k}\bigg(\frac{hr}{k}-\Big[\frac{hr}{k}\Big]-\frac{1}{2}\bigg)$$ for $\gcd(h,k)=1$. A natural question is, when ...
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Constructing a family of convergents from continued fractions formed by a set of prime partial quotients

For a given real number $x$, the continued fraction representation $x = [a_0; a_1, a_2, \cdots]$ where $(a_n)_{n \geq 0}$is defined by setting $x = \alpha_0$, then $a_i = \lfloor \alpha_i \rfloor$, ...
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Division methods for divergent continued fractions

I hadn't even noticed before entering the subject above the parellel with the title of an earlier question posted here titled Summation methods for divergent series. And it's just mutatis mutandis as ...
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Why does the Rogers-Ramanujan continued fraction $R(q)$ appear in Emma Lehmer's quintic?

Define the Ramanujan theta function $f(a,b)$ as, $$f(a,b) = \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty} a^{n(n+1)/2}\,b^{n(n-1)/2}$$ and the Dedekind eta function, $$\eta(\tau) = q^{1/24}\prod_{n=1}^{\infty} ...
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Partial quotients restricted to a thin set

Zaremba's conjecture asserts that if there exists some integer $A > 1$ such that for the set of numbers $x \in [0,1]$ whose partial quotients in the continued fraction representation are all ...
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Poles from the Continued Fraction Expansion of the Tangent Function?

Consider the well known continued fraction expansion $$ z \tan z = \frac{z^2}{1 - \cfrac{z^2}{3- \cfrac{z^2}{5 - \ldots}}} $$ of the tangent function going back to Euler and Lambert (Lambert used it ...
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Fact similar to Ostrowski numeration for reals

I have to prove this fact (found in an article without proof). Let $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ be an irrational number. Let $\alpha = [a_0;a_1,a_2,\ldots]$ be the continued fraction expansion. We call ...
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Name of a difference of continuants

I am getting ready to publish the manuscript http://arxiv.org/pdf/1408.4631v2.pdf and I am trying to do due diligence on a quantity I study before it gets published. (This is cross-posted from ...
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Repetend digit graphs for $1/n$ in base $b$

Here is a decimal expansion of $\frac{1}{34}$: $$(1/34)_{10}=0.02941176470588235\overline{2941176470588235}\ldots$$ And here is a graphical representation of the 16-digit "repetend," as a directed ...
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Is any particular algebraic number known to have unbounded continued fraction coefficients?

The continued fraction $$[1;1,2,3,4,5,\dots]=1+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{2+\cdots}}, $$ for instance, is known explicitly as a ratio of Bessel function values and is (I believe - SS) known to be ...
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Are there any patterns in simple continued fraction expansions of algebraic real numbers?

As we know there are patterns in simple continued fraction expansion of quadratic algebraic numbers,are there any patterns in simple continued fraction expansions of other algebraic real ...
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Brun's algorithm

Does anyone have an exact reference for the weak convergence (convergence in angle) of Brun's subtractive multi-dimensional continued fractions algorithm (in all dimensions)? I have been given ...
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Orbits of the projective special linear group on $\mathbf{Q} \cup \{\infty\}$

The group $\mathrm{PSL}_2(\mathbf{Q})$ of fractional linear transformations $x \mapsto (ax+b)/(cx+d)$ such that $a,b,c,d \in \mathbf{Q}$ and $ad-bc = 1$ acts on $\mathbf{Q} \cup \lbrace ...
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What is the effect of adding 1/2 to a continued fraction?

Is there a simple answer to the question "what happens to the continued fraction expansion of an irrational number when you add 1/2?" A closely related question is "what happens to such an expansion ...
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Is there an elementary proof of a result about the parity of the period of the repeating block in the continued fraction expansion of square roots

It is a known fact that for a Prime $P$, $P\equiv 1$ mod $4$ iff the length of the period in the repeating block for the continued fraction expansion of $\sqrt{P}$ is odd. I have an elementary proof ...
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Continued fraction representation of Zeta

A question at math.SE is asking for references. The fraction is quite nice! Check it out and post some references if you know of any. I found this at arxiv, but it doesn't apply to Zeta.
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Is anything known about which numbers appear in the continued fraction expansion of $\pi$?

This question is mostly idle curiosity, and certainly is not related to any research activities of my own. The motivation and background are as follows. I am currently teaching a Freshman Seminar in ...
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Euler's divergent series sum n!*(-1)^n: what is known about the resulting constant?

Much of the theory of continued fractions has been developped by Euler in the 18th century. The little survey "Euler: continued fractions and divergent series (and Nicholas Bernoulli)", mentions ...
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How to prove that the odd continued fraction approximants of ln(1+X) are upper bounds?

The odd order continued fraction approximants for $\ln(1+X)$ are $$X,\quad \frac{X^2+6X}{4X+6,}\quad \frac{X^3+21X^2+30X}{9X^2+36X+30,}\quad \dots.$$ In "Some bounds for the logarithmic function", ...
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Gauss-Kuzmin Theorem (continued fractions) - why is important?

As we know, Gauss wrote that \begin{equation} \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \lambda \left(\tau^n \leq x\right) = \frac{\log(1+x)}{\log2}, \quad 0 \leq x < 1, \end{equation} with $\lambda$ is Lebesgue ...
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Some unpublished notes of Hofstadter

I'm looking for some unpublished notes called "Eta Lore," which are apparently related to a talk Douglas Hofstadter first gave at the Stanford Math Club in 1963. I know these notes exist because ...
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Expressions in “continued” monotone functions

Recall continued fractions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continued_fraction Now take a look at this question: ...
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How Symmetric is Diophantine Approximation using Fractions with Square Denominators?

Let $S$ be an infinite set of positive integers. Let us say that a "best S-approximation" to a real irrational $r$ is a rational number $p/q$, with $p$ and $q$ integers and $q \in S$, such that for ...
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Applications of the length of the continued fraction

The fractions $n/q$ and $n/(n-q)$ can be representated by Hirzebruch continued fractions (also called Jung-Hirzebruch CF), the length of each we denote by $s$ and $t$. Is there any bound for $s+t$?
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Proto-Euclidean algorithm

Consider the Euclidean algorithm (EA) as a way to measure the relative length $b/a$ of a shorter stick $b$ compared to a longer one $a$ by recursively determining $$q_i = \left\lfloor ...
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Composition of circle inversions

I would like to understand the map of $\mathbb{C}$ to $\mathbb{C}$ that results by iterating inversion in a unit circle. Let $f(z)$ for $z \in \mathbb{C}$ invert $z$ in a unit circle centered on ...
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Algorithm generalizing continued fractions for non-quadratic algebraic numbers

The continued fraction algorithm generates an integer sequence which terminates for a rational number, is periodic for the roots of irreducible integer quadratics, and is non-periodic for other ...
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distance formula in Farey graph?

Consider the usual "Farey graph", i.e. the 1-skeleton of the (essentially unique) triangulation of the disk by ideal triangles. If one insists that 1/0, 0/1, and 1/1 are vertices of a triangle then ...
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Linkage between singularities of algebraic varieties and continued fractions

I have an impression that there is linkage or relation between singulariry of algebraic variety and continued fraction when I read some book on resolution of singularity or algebraic geometry.Could ...
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Birth-Death Process associated with Orthogonal Polynomials

I have read in various places the following objects are related: orthogonal polynomials birth-death processes Lattice paths continued fractions After a lot of searching online, I found sketches ...
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Generators of a 2D lattice

Dear MO_World, I'm hoping someone can point me towards a reference for something. I have an invertible $2\times 2$ matrix, $A$, with real entries such that for both of the rows, the entries are ...
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Is there an explicit example of such a real number with the following property?

In Diophantine approximation, for a given positive real number $\alpha$ let $[a_0, a_1, \cdots]$ denote its continued fraction expansion and let $p_n/q_n = [a_1, \cdots, a_n]$. Then it is known that ...
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Complex continued fractions with given digits

For which sets of Gaussian integers $A\subseteq\mathbb{Z}[i]$ is the set of continued fractions with digits in $A$ $$ C(A)=\{a_0+\cfrac{1}{a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_2+\cdots}}\mid a_i\in A\} $$ totally ...
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Do simple, multi-dimensional generalizations of this continued fraction formula exist?

Background Let $x\in [0,1)\setminus \mathbb{Q}$ have regular continued fraction expansion given by $$ x = [a_1, a_2, a_3, \dots] = \cfrac{1}{a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_2+\dots}}, \qquad a_i \in \mathbb{N}. $$ ...
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Expressions of $tanh$ type whose continued fractions have two shifts per period

This is a follow-up of another thread about quasi periodic continued fractions, a.k.a. Hurwitz fractions, with some linear shifts. I seem to have found the pattern of a subclass of them, as given ...
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About two 'negative' continued fractions whose sum equals $1$

Letting $a_1,a_2,\cdots,a_r$ be integers which are larger than or equal to $2$, let us define $$[a_1,a_2,\cdots,a_r]=\cfrac{1}{a_1-\cfrac{1}{a_2-\cfrac{1}{\ddots-\cfrac{1}{a_r}}}}$$ (Note that the ...
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Searching for an inhomogeneous diophantine approximation algorithm

Given two nonzero real numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $y/x$ is irrational, a real number $z$ to be approximated, and a tolerance $\epsilon$, what is an algorithm that will provide coprime integers $a$ ...
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The Riemann's Zeta Function represented as a continued fraction and a question of convergence.

The Riemann's zeta function can be expressed as a continued fraction as follows \begin{align*} \zeta(z)=\newcommand{\bigk}{\mathop{\Huge\vcenter{\hbox{K}}}}\left(1-\bigk_{k=1}^{\infty ...
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Ramanujan's $\tau(n)$ and continued fractions

In D.H. Lehmer's paper "Ramanujan's function $\tau(n)$, (Duke J. Math v. 10 1943, pp. 483-492), Lehmer states the Ramanujan conjecture $|\tau( p )|< 2p^{11/2}$, so that $p^{-11/2}\tau( p ...
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Numerical coincidence?

(Nobody's answered this one on stackexchange after several days.) My brother built a garage whose horizontal cross-section is a rectangle that measures $45$ feet by $30$ feet. To make sure the right ...
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Length of Hirzebruch continued fractions

Suppose $a,b$ are two natural numbers relatively prime to $n$ and to each other. Assume $n\geq ab+1$. Suppose further that $\frac{a}{b}\equiv k \pmod{n}$ for some $k\in \lbrace 1,2,\dots, n-1\rbrace$ ...
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Connection between Infinite continued fractions and AGM

It is known that at $x=1$, the following continued fraction represents $\frac{4}{\pi}$ and can be approximated rapidly using Gauss' Arithmetic Geometric mean. $$C(x) = x + \frac{1^{2}}{2x + ...
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Coefficients in the periodic part of continued fractions for real quadratic algebraic numbers

Given a strictly positive integer $A$, let $D(A)$ denote the set of all real quadratic algebraic numbers with a continued fraction having almost all coefficients $\leq A$. Consider the field $Q_A$ ...
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quasi periodic continued fractions and powers of e, tanh, tan

It is well known that some transcendental numbers like e.g. rational multiples of $e^{2/n}$ with $n\in\mathbb N $, when written as regular continued fractions (R.C.F.), yield what can be called a ...
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Previous work on this generalization of continued fractions?

The 2x2 matrix representation of a continued fraction makes it clear that we're multiplying together a bunch of group elements. Inversion is essentially freely adjoining a generator to a Coxeter ...
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3-D continued fractions

Which theorems from classical theory of continued fractions have 3-(or multi-) dimesional analogs? Of cause classical one is a periodicity of Klein polyhedra. Probably there are some more...
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The complete list of continued fractions like the Rogers-Ramanujan?

I have two questions about q-continued fractions, but a little intro first. Given Ramanujan's theta function, $$f(a,b) = \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}a^{n(n+1)/2}b^{n(n-1)/2}$$ then the following, ...