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### A curious sequence of rationals: finite or infinite?

Consider the following function repeatedly applied to a rational
$r = a/b$ in lowest terms:
$f(a/b) = (a b) / (a + b - 1)$.
So, $f(2/3) = 6/4 = 3/2$. $f(3/2) = 6/4 = 3/2$.
I am wondering if it is ...

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### Is this a rational function?

Is $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{z^n}{2^n-1} \in \mathbb{C}(z)\ ?$$
In a slightly different vein, given a sequence of real numbers $\{a_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$, what are some necessary and sufficient ...

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### Determining rational functions by their critical points

Fix an integer $d > 1$ and $2d-2$ points $P_1, \ldots, P_{2d-2}$ in the Riemann sphere (not necessarily distinct). Thanks to the work of Eisenbud and Harris on limit linear series (Inventiones, ...

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### Pencils with many completely decomposable fibers

Let $F= \frac{G}{H} : \mathbb P^n \to \mathbb P^1$ be a non-constant rational function ($G$ and $H$ homogenous polynomials of the same degree
in $\mathbb C^{n+1})$.
The fiber over $(\lambda:\mu) \in ...

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### Sets of integers represented by degree zero rational functions

Suppose $f(x_1,x_2,\dots)=\frac{P}{Q}$, where $P,Q$ are polynomials in several variables with integer coefficients that have the same degree. Let's denote by $S(f)$ the set of integers $n$ for which ...

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### When is a Newton basin fractal continuously determined by the roots of its polynomial?

Newton basin fractals are visualizations of the Julia sets of functions of the form:
$$f_p(z) = z - p(z)/p'(z)$$
where $p$ is a complex polynomial. My question is:
When is the Julia set, ...

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### Elementary Luroth theorem proof?

Hi, everyone!
I'm trying to explain the proof of Luroth theorem (every field $L$, s.t. $K\subset L\subset K(t)$, is isomorphic to $K(t)$) to the high-school audience. I'm not going to use such ...

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### certain trigonometric homeomorphisms

Are there any simple characterizations of rational functions $f(x,y)$ with real coefficients such that $\theta\mapsto f(\cos\theta,\sin\theta)$ is a homeomorphism from $\mathbb R\bmod 2\pi$ to ...

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### Given a curve, under which condition is the set of gonal morphisms finite

Recently, in my research I bumped onto gonal morphisms. At the moment, my knowledge is based upon some things I read on the internet. Before stating my questions, I added some definitions/facts that ...

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### Integer values of a rational function

Suppose we are given a rational function with numerator and denominator being polynomials with integer coefficients. Is there an efficient algorithm for finding all integers arguments at which the ...

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### Rational maps with all critical points fixed

What can be said about rational self-maps of $\mathbb P^1$
for which all critical points are also fixed points ?
If all but one of the fixed points are critical, there is
a characterization in ...

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### When does the sequence of iterates of a rational function converge?

Darsh asks at the 20-questions seminar:
Let $f:P^1 \rightarrow P^1$ be rational function.
Can you say when the sequence $\{ f^n(x)\}_n=\{ x,f(x),f(f(x)),\cdots\} $ converges? What about the sequence ...

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### Is this a Julia set (and if so, for which function family is it the Julia set)?

Consider the function family given by $f_\lambda(z) = z - p_\lambda(z)/p_\lambda'(z)$ where $p_\lambda(z) = (z^2 - 1)(z - \lambda)$. Every attracting cycle and every rational neutral cycle of ...

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### What characterizes rational functions with nonnegative integer Taylor coefficients?

I believe that there is a statement along the following lines (I would, of course, love to be corrected): a formal power series is the Taylor expansion of a rational function if and only if the ...

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### What are good methods for detecting parabolic components and Siegel disk components in the Fatou set of a rational function?

Given a rational function $f$ on the Riemann sphere, I would like to answer the question: Does the Fatou set of the function, $F(f)$, contain any parabolic components or Siegel disk components? ...

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### When does a rational function have infinitely many integer values for integer inputs?

Consider rational functions $F(x)=P(x)/Q(x)$ with $P(x),Q(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$. I'd like to know when I can expect $F(k) \in \mathbb{Z}$ for infinitely many positive integers $k$. Of course this ...

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### Natural topologies for the space of rational functions

I am looking for natural families of Hausdorff topologies (metrics, norms, if possible) for the space of rational functions of a single complex variable of arbitrary, unbounded denominator degree ...

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### Rational exponential expressions

Consider the following extension of polynomials. The rational exponential expressions (REXes) are given by:
The leaves 1 and $x$ for $x$ drawn from a class of variables; and
Closed under the binary ...

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### Why is the inverse of a bijective rational map rational?

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a bijective rational map of an open dense subset $X$ of $\mathbb{C}\times\mathbb{C}$ onto an open dense subset $Y$ of $\mathbb{C}\times\mathbb{C}$. How to prove that the inverse map ...

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### Asymptotics for the coefficients of a rational function

Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence of non-negative real numbers and assume that the resulting power series defines a rational function
$$\sum_{n=0}^\infty a_n x^n = \dfrac{f(x)}{(1-x^{k_1})\cdots ...

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### Singularity structure of integrals of rational functions

Suppose I have a convergent integral of the form $\int_0^1dx_1\dots\int_0^1 dx_n \frac{P(x_i)}{Q(x_i)}$, where $P$ and $Q$ are polynomial functions of $n$ nonnegative real variables $x_i$. Let the ...

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### Pythagorean number in Artin's theorem on nonnegative rational fractions

Emil Artin's theorem on nonnegative rational fractions says that a rational fraction $Q$ with $n$ variables with real coefficients which is non-negative on $\mathbb R^n$ is a sum of squares of ...

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### Does an inverse polynomial map on the taylor coefficients of a rational function preserve rationality?

Supppose there are integers $a_1,a_2,\dots$ and a polynomial $p$ so that the integers $p(a_1),p(a_2)...$ satisfy some linear recurrence, i.e. $\sum p(a_i)x^i$ is a rational function of $x$. Must ...

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### Reference request on symmetric polynomials

A version of this question on stackexchange got a few comments from one person and no answers.
Let $e_k$ be the $k$th-degree elementary symmetric polynomial in variables $x_1,\ldots,x_n$ (so in ...

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### When a sequence of coefficients converges to the coefficients of a rational function $R$, when does the sequence $R_n$ converge uniformly to $R$?

Let $R$ be a rational function of degree $d$ mapping the Riemann sphere to itself:$$R(z) = \frac{a_d z^d + a_{d-1} z^{d-1} + \cdots + a_0}{b_d z^d + b_{d-1} z^{d-1} + \cdots + b_0}$$
where $a_d$ and ...

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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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### Dimension of certain polynomial spaces

Let $(\omega_1, \eta_1） \dots (\omega_n, \eta_n)$ be $n$ pairs of complex numbers where $\omega_i \ne \omega_j$ for all $1 \leq i \ne j \leq n$. We define the following polynomial space
$$
Z_n^d(\eta, ...

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### A question on partial fraction decompositions

This question concerns the mapping from the poles of a rational function to the coefficients of its partial fraction decomposition. In general, this mapping is not injective. I want to identify some ...

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### confusion about rational maps and Fatou components

Dear fellows,
I have come to another conclusion which must be wrong.
Let $f$ be a rational map and let $U$ be a connected but not simply connected open subset of the Fatou set such that $f(U)$ is ...

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### Given a curve $C$, does there exist a rational function on $C$ totally ramified at two given points?

Let $C$ be a smooth projective irreducible curve over $\mathbb C$. Let $x$ and $y$ be distinct points of $C$.
We say that $f$ is totally ramified at a point $p$ if the ramification index of $p$ ...

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### Finding a simpler “local” lower bound for a rational function

I have obtained as the expression for some quantity the following gargantuan formula:
$$ \frac{k^8 + 3k^7 + 8k^6 + 3k^5 - 16k^4 - 32k^3 + 63k^2 - 34k + 6}{k^6 + 3k^5 + 6k^4 - 24k^2 + 21k - 5}$$.
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### resolution of singularities and a projection formula

Let $Y$ be a normal surface and let $p:X\longrightarrow Y$ be a resolution of singularities.
Let $f$ be a rational function on $Y$.
Do we have that $p_\ast$div $(d(f\circ p)) = $ div $df$ as ...

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### Can we construct rational functions with prescribed ramification on an algebraic curve over \Qbar

Let $C$ be a smooth projective connected curve of genus $g$ over $\bar{\mathbf{Q}}$. Fix a finite non-empty (Edit) set of closed points $S$ in $C$ and let $U$ be the complement of $S$ in $C$.
Q1. ...

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### Rational functions and polynomials evaluated on a set of points

Let $S$ be a collection of points on the real line.
Let $\{x_i\}_{i=1}^n$ take values in $S$.
Consider a polynomial $p(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$ over $\mathbb R[x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n]$ of degree $d$ which ...

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### Variation of the argument of a rational function along a circle

I posted this question on MSE a few time ago, but it did not receive much attention. I thought there might be an elementary answer so didn't want to post it directly on MO. My apologies if this ...

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### Markov-type functions

I'd like to have some informations about Markov-type functions (or Cauchy-type):
\[ f(z)=\int_{\Gamma} \frac{\mathrm{d}\gamma(\xi)}{\xi-z}.\]
$\gamma$ is a positive measure with compact support ...

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### Rational interpolation: Error bounds for coefficients

The following question was asked on MSE, but might be more suitable here.
Assume there is a rational function
$$
f:x\mapsto \frac{\sum_{i=0}^m{a_ix^i}}{1+\sum_{j=1}^n{b_jx^j}}
$$
of type $(m,n)$ with ...

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### Subfields $k\subseteq F\subseteq k(x_1,\dots,x_n)$. Is then $F\cap k[x_1,\dots,x_n]=k(f_1,\dots,f_m)\cap k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ for polynomials $f_i$?

Let $F\subseteq k(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ be a subfield with $k\subseteq F$. I know that $F=k(\psi_1,\dots,\psi_r)$ for rational functions $\psi_i\in k(x_1,\dots,x_n)$. I'm interested in the intersection ...

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### Generalization of Lagrange inversion with “skewed” formal parameter

I am interested in obtaining an analog of the Lagrange inversion formula, starting from a generalization of the implicit equation. Ordinary Lagrange reversion, as I am familiar with it, starts with ...

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### some rational functions over a field of characteristic 2

I would like to know what are the formal power series $$f(t) = \sum_a \omega_a t^{-a}$$ over an algebraicially closed field of characteristic 2, with two properties: (1) The series represents a ...

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### Composition of rational functions

Given a rational function $R\in\Bbb R(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ with multilinear numerator and denominator, is there always a rational function $G\in\Bbb R(x)$ such that $G\circ R\in\Bbb R[x_1,\dots,x_n]$, ...

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### Approximating rational generating functions

Suppose we have a initial segment $x_1,\ldots,x_N$ (for reasonably large $N$) of a sequence of natural numbers $(x_i)$. We have reason to believe the generating function $\sum_{i=0}^\infty x_iX^i$ is ...

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### compute the limit of a rational function

Suppose I have a rational function defined by ($s$ complex)
$$
f(s)=w^T s(sI-Q)^{-1} v
$$
for nonzero column vectors $w,v$ and a (large) square matrix $Q$. Further assume that $Q$ is singular and that ...

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### Approximation of a given function by rational functions

Given a function $1/\sqrt{x^2 -k^2}$ where k is a constant with a small imaginary part, how do you go about constructing a rational approximation? I am interested in the L_p (p=2 or $\infty$) norm of ...

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### Rationality of quadric fibrations

Let $Q\to S$ be a quadric fibration over a rational base $S$, over an algebraically closed field of non zero characteristic. Is it true the following?
$Q$ is rational if and only if $Q \to S$ has a ...

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### Truncation error in Padè approximants

Suppose only the following data are known about a rational function $R(x)=P(x)/Q(x)$ (for $P,Q$ polynomials):
(a) the degree of $P$ is $\leq m$ and the degree of $Q$ is $\leq n$;
(b) the first $k$ ...

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### Solving a system of rational functions

Given pairwise distinct numbers $c_1, c_2, \dots c_n \in \mathbb{C} \setminus \{0\}$, does the system of equations $$\frac{6}{c_k} + \sum_{i \ne k} \frac{2}{c_k - c_i} = \sum_{i = 1}^n \frac{1}{c_k - ...

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### Properties of a rational function of multiple variables

Suppose you are given a multivariable rational function f(x0,x1,x2,x3,..,xn), so the only four operation are +,-,*,/.
Assume that all constants and exponents are integers within certain range.
I ...

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### Fields over which cubic hypersurfaces are rational

All cubic hypersurfaces having at least one double point are birational to some $P^n$ over an algebraically closed field. How does the statement change as I pass to non alg closed fields? Does it hold ...

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### Extrema in two variables of a sum of logs, or equation with sum of rational functions

I am trying to find numerically $\arg\min_{x\in(1, +\infty),y\in(0, 1)}\sum_i\log(xy+\alpha_ix+\beta_iy+\gamma_i)$, where the sum has a large number of terms, and the coefficients are such that the ...