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### Confusion with practically implementing rational approximations

Writing a program visualizing Ford circles I've encountered a seemingly purely programmatic puzzle but then gradually realized there are some mathematical aspects of it which I don't understand. Let ...

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### Is there any pattern to the continued fraction of $\sqrt[3]{2}$? [on hold]

Is there any pattern to the continued fraction of $\sqrt[3]{2}$ ? Wolfram Alpha returns for cube root of 2:
$\sqrt[3]{2}=$ [1; 3, 1, 5, 1, 1, 4, 1, 1, 8, 1, 14, 1, 10, 2, 1, 4, 12, 2, 3, 2, 1, 3, ...

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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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### 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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### uniqueness of $p$-regular infinite continued fraction expansion

I'm not sure what's the accepted terminology is in this regard, but --- following M. Kojima --- let us call a $p$-regular infinite continued
fraction $\big[a_0, a_1, a_2, \dots \big]$ an expansion of ...

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### Continued Fraction: Please prove $\frac{1}{e \gamma (x+1,1)}=x+\frac{1}{x+1+\frac{2}{x+2+\frac{3}{x+3+\frac{4}{\dots}}}}$ [closed]

I have been playing around with Mathematica and continued fractions and I noticed something.
ContinuedFractionK[n, n + x, {n, 1, Infinity}] ==-x + 1/(E Gamma[1 + x] - E Gamma[1 + x, 1])==-x + 1/(E ...

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### Motivation for Hirzebruch-Jung Modified Euclidean Algorithm

Let $a,b \in \mathbb{N} \ \ s.t. \ \ a > b$ have $\gcd(a,b) =1$. We can define the Hirzebruch-Jung modified euclidean algorithm as follows:
Let $e_i \in \mathbb{N} >2$, and $ r_k \in ...

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### Young-Fibonacci lattice and purely periodic continued fractions

The Fibonacci lattice $\mathcal{F}$ is the poset of all finite words consisting of 1's and 2's where a word $v$ covers a word $u$ if $v$ is obtained from $v$ by either (a) inserting a 1 in $u$ prior ...

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### A conjectured q-continued fraction related to the Göllnitz-Gordon partition identities

Given $q=e^{2i\pi\tau}$ with $|q|\lt1$, define
the well-known Göllnitz-Gordon identities
$$A(q)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{q^{n(n+1)}(-q;q^2)_n}{(q^2;q^2)_n}=\prod_{n=1}^\infty ...

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### On existence of rapid Arithmetic geometric procedure?

We know that $\pi$ can be computed by Arithmetic Geometric mean using Gauss-Legendre procedure which does provide fastest convergence rate as well with a guarantee of $2^n$ bits of $\pi$ at $n$th ...

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### Continued Fractions from Digit Streams

let $x=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}\delta_i2^{-i},\ \delta_i\in\{0,1\}$.
Is there an algorithm that converts the sequence $(\delta_0,\ \delta_1,\ ...)$ of the binary digits of $x$ to the sequence ...

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### Expected Cardinality of the First n Coefficients of a Continued Fraction

Is there anything known about the asymptotic expected growth of $card\{a_0,a_1,...,a_n\}$, where the $a_i$ are the first $n$ coefficient of a continued fraction $[a_0; a_1, ... ]$?

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### Are these two $q$-continued fractions equivalent?

In this MSE post, Nicco Mnisi defined a particular $q$-continued fraction of order $12$. More generally, define the cfrac found in Ramanujan's Notebooks, Vol III, Chap. 16, page 24, where $|ab|<1$ ...

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### Continued fractions and modular forms

Let $q=e^{2\pi it}$. If $u(t)$ is Ramanujan's octic continued fraction, is it true that the generator of the octahedral group can be expressed as a continued fraction of the form
$$
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### Relations between modular functions of certain $q$-continued fractions

Given the j-function $j:=j(\tau)$, and $q=e^{2\pi i\tau} = \exp(2\pi i\tau)$ where, for convenience, we set $\tau=\sqrt{-n}$.
I. $\frac{A_2(q)}{A_1(q)} = \text{q-cfrac}:\;$ Icosahedral group
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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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### Binary Quadratic Forms with coefficients in $F_q[T]$

I aim to study the binary forms $ax^2 + bxy + cy^2 = (a,b,c)$ where $a,b,c \in {F_q}[T]$ (charasteristic of $F_q$ not 2) in particular those such that the discriminant $D = b^2 - 4ac \in F_q[T]$ has ...

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### How does this relationship between the Catalan numbers and SU(2) generalize?

This is a question, or really more like a cloud of questions, I wanted to ask awhile ago based on this SBS post and this post I wrote inspired by it, except that Math Overflow didn't exist then.
As ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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}
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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 ...