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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 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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### 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 )=2\cos(\...

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

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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### “Fractally self-similar” numbers

This is another question about visualization of Ford circles, the previous one being Confusion with practically implementing rational approximations. Here is an output of zooming into Ford circles at $...

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### Continued fractions using all natural integers

What can one say about the set of continued fractions $[0;a_1,a_2,\ldots]$, where $a_1,a_2,\ldots$ are a permutation of the set of natural numbers?

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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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### 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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### 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 they'...

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### Upper bound of period length of continued fraction representation of very composite number square root

Given natural numbers of special very composite form, like primorials or factorials, how to give some useful upper bound limit of continued fraction period length of their square roots?
I'm not a ...

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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 , x_n=...

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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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### 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( \begin{...

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### Applications of pattern-free continued fractions

Questions about continued fractions reminded me about a related diophantine problem. I am not quite sure that diophantine equations are still in fashion but
$$
1^k+2^k+\dots+(m-1)^k=m^k,
$$
the Erd&#...

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### Lengths of continued fractions for the numbers with fixed ratio

Let $s(x)$ is the length of continued fraction expansion of $x$, and let $l(x)$ be the sum of partial quotients. I can prove that for any rational $\alpha$ ratios $\frac{s(\alpha x)}{s(x)}$ and $\frac{...

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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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### Connection between Infinite continued fractions, elliptic integrals 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 + \frac{3^{...

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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 $[a_0;a_1,\...

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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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### 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,
$$A(q)...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 }\frac{-e^{-2\...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Combinatorial aspects of continued fractions

Recently, I got interested in the study of the combinatorial aspects of continued fractions. Precisely, I read of the following lemma of Flajolet (see here):
Lemma. It holds
$$\sum_{\omega} \nu(\...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 \frac{1}{(1-q^{8n-3})(1-...

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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 $\mathbf{Q} \cup \lbrace \infty\rbrace$....

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### English translation of Voronoi's dissertation

I am looking for an English translation of Voronoi's doctoral dissertation, "On a generalization of the Algorithm of Continued Fractions." I can only find it in the original Russian.

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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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### 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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### 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 \mathbb{N}$...

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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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### Rogers-Ramanujan continued fraction $R(e^{-2 \pi \sqrt 5})$

Let $$R(q) = \cfrac{q^{1/5}}{1 + \cfrac{q}{1 + \cfrac{q^{2}}{1 + \cfrac{q^{3}}{1 + \cdots}}}}$$
It is easy to evaluate $R(e^{-2 \pi/ \sqrt 5})$ using the Dedekind eta function identity $\eta(-\frac{...

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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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### 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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### 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} \left(1-...