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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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### 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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### 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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### 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### Some unpublished notes of Hofstadter

I'm looking for some unpublished notes called "Eta Lore," which are apparently related to a talk Douglas Hofstadter first gave at the Stanford Math Club in 1963.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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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,
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### Palindromic continued fraction

Here's what I hope is a final question outside of my area that I need to understand a problem about stable vector bundles on $\mathbb{P}^2$. Thank you everybody for your help so far!
Suppose I have ...

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### Last term of repeating continued fraction expansion

Once again, working with stable vector bundles on $\mathbb{P}^2$ I have run into a question that is really out of my area. (Thanks to everybody who helped out with my last question!)
Let $D>9$ be ...

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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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### Liouville's Theorem in Diophantine Approximation

Liouville's Theorem states that for any algebraic $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ of degree $n$, there exists a positive constant $c:=c(\alpha)$ such that $$|\alpha-\frac{p}{q}|>\frac{c}{q^n}$$ for any $p ...

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### Which Diophantine equations can be solved using continued fractions?

Pell equations can be solved using continued fractions. I have heard that some elliptic curves can be "solved" using continued fractions. Is this true?
Which Diophantine equations other than Pell ...

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### How to find the region of convergence of this series using the theory of continued fractions?

Please, consider the following series
\begin{equation}
f(z)=1+\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}2^{-\sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{2s}{k}} =1+ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\left( \prod_{k=1}^{n}2^{-\frac{2z}{k}} \right)
\end{equation}
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### Continued fractions and projective resolutions

Hello,
This question might be vague and not thought-through enough.
If we have a real positive number $x$, we can start to write it as a continued fraction:
$x = a_0 + \frac{1}{x_1} , \ldots , ...

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### Relation between indefinite quadratic forms and continued fractions

Let $D$ be a positive square free integer; for simplicity let's take $D$ to be $2$ or $3$ modulo $4$. Then ideal classes in $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{D}]$ are in bijection with matrices $\left( ...

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### Simple and general relation between continuant polynomials

Continued fraction $[a_0,a_1,...,a_n]$ may be expressed as quotient of two polynomials of $(a_0,a_1,...,a_n)$, named continuants (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuant_%28mathematics%29 )
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### Applications of periodic continued fractions

Some answers from Applications of finite continued fractions in fact are Applications of periodic continued fractions. I think that it should be separate question.
What can you add to the following ...

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### Showing e is transcendental using its continued fraction expansion

Can the transcendence of e be shown using its continued fraction expansion e = [2;1,2,1,1,4,1,1,6,...]?

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### Simultaneous rational approximation of two reals using their continued fractions

Littlewood's well-known conjecture about simultaneous rational approximation is that for all $x, y \in \mathbb{R}$, $\liminf_{n \to \infty} n \Vert nx \Vert \Vert ny \Vert = 0$ (where $\Vert x \Vert$ ...

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### Algorithm to determine sign of a polynomial

I've been working with a collaborator (Arek Goetz) on a dynamics problem involving
piecewise isometries (a map $T$ on a domain $X$ (say a subset of the plane)
such that $X$ is divided into a finite ...