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### A two variable recurrence relation with conditionals

I have arrived at the combinatorial problem of enumerating certain types of ballot paths. This has led to analyzing the sequence defined by the following recurrence
$$
f(n,m) = \begin{cases} f(n, \...

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### Solving algebraic recurrence relations on a cyclic graph

I have a set of $n$ variables $p_1, \ldots p_n$ with $0 \leq p_i \leq 1$ and a defining equation for each of one of the forms:
$p_i = 0$.
$p_i = 1$
$p_i = p_j p_k$ for some $j, k$ with $i, j, k$ all ...

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### linear recurrence inequality of positive terms

This is a follow up on my previous linear recurrence inequality question.
I have some matrices which satisfy a linear recurrence formula of the form
$$
A_{n+1} = \alpha A_{n} + \beta A_{n-1},\qquad n\...

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### linear recurrence inequality

Given two real analytic functions, $g(x)$ and $f(x)$, on an open interval $I\subset \mathbb{R}$, it is obvious that $g(x) \leq f(x)$ does not imply $g_n \leq f_n$ (here $g_n = [x^n] g(x)$ denotes the $...

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### find solution of complex number recurrence equation

I have the following recurrence equation:
$$(\mu\ n + \nu) f_{n} + J\Phi^{*} \sqrt{n+1}f_{n+1} + J\Phi\ \sqrt{n}f_{n-1} = 0$$
for complex numbers $f_{n}$ where $n = 0,1,2,3,...,\infty$ and complex $\...

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### Tricky two-dimensional recurrence relation

I would like to obtain a closed form for the recurrence relation
$$a_{0,0} = 1,~~~~a_{0,m+1} = 0\\a_{n+1,0} = 2 + \frac 1 2 \cdot(a_{n,0} + a_{n,1})\\a_{n+1,m+1} = \frac 1 2 \cdot (a_{n,m} + a_{n,m+2})...

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### Eliminating a variable from a two-variable linear recurrence

In attempting to enumerate a combinatorial class of objects, I've come to a bivariate recurrence:
$$
a_{n,k} = 2a_{n,k-1} + (k+1)a_{n-1,k+1} - ka_{n-1,k} - a_{n,k-2} + a_{n-1,k-1}.
$$
Together with ...

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### Upper-bounding the value of a generalized Laguerre polynomial (using recurrence relation?)

I would like to produce an easily-interpretable explicit upper bound (i.e. no unspecified constants) for the function
$$
f(n) := L_n^{\left(-n-\frac{d}{2}\right)}\left(-\frac{1}{2}\right), \quad n,d \...

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### Solving recursion / finding generating function of a probability mass function

I am assessing the probability distribution on a running time of some algorithm that we've developed. I am looking for a family of probability mass functions $f_n$ with the following recurrence:
$$
f_{...

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### Multidimensional recurrence relations

There are many methods of solving one-dimensional homogeneous linear recurrence relations, i.e. such of the form
$$ a_n = \sum_{k=1}^{m}\alpha_ka_{n-k}.$$
Most widespread use linear algebra or ...

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### How to solve the following bivariate recurrence?

$$F(n,r) = (1-w(r))F(n-1, r) + w(r-1)F(n-1, r-1)$$
where $w(r)$ is monotonically non-increasing in $r$ and $0 \leq w(r) \leq 1$ with $0 \leq r$
Initial condition:
\begin{eqnarray}
F(0, r) & = &...

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### Asymptotic growth of $f(x) = 2f(x/2 + x/\ln(x))$

In this paper on the Akra–Bazzi theorem, Tom Leighton mentions in his remark at the bottom of page 8, that a function on the positive reals satisfying $f(x) = 2f(x/2 + x/\ln(x))$ for large enough $x$ ...

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### For which integer values of $k$ can we find one solution to the equation $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{n=k} \frac{1}{n^s}=0$ by iteration? [closed]

I am trying to find solutions to the well known equation:
$$\sum\limits_{n=1}^{n=k} \frac{1}{n^s}=0$$
Now with this program below I have found that for certain values of the integer $k$ one can find ...

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### Asymptotics of a recursion

suppose we have the following two sequences
$$\alpha_k = (k-1)\left(1-\frac {1}{1+(k+1)l}\right) \quad , k \geq 2$$
$$\beta_k = (k-1)\left(1+\frac {1}{1+(k-1)l}\right) \quad , k \geq 2$$
where $l$...

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### Factorization of linear recurrences

For each (commutative unitary) ring $R$, let $\mathfrak{R}(R)$ be the set of all linear recurrences over $R$, that is, the set of all sequences $(a(n))_{n \geq 0}$ in $R$ such that
$$a(n+k) = r_1 a(n+...

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### Recurrence relations with polynomial coefficients: an undecidable problem

I read once (somewhere) that solving a recurrence relation with polynomial coefficients, in the general case, is an undecidable problem. I can't remember the exact reference and I've been trying to ...

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### Puzzling behaviour of a recursively defined sequence of functions

This question arose in connection with another problem that I described earlier in Constructing a generating function using a series with all negative and positive powers of a variable. I had certain ...

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### For a linear recurrence sequence $(u_n)_{n\geq 0}$, can $\{i \mid u_i > 0\}$ be the set of Fibonacci numbers?

Question: Is there a linear recurrence sequence $(u_n)_{n\geq0}$ (on the rationals, but I would also be interested by reals) for which $\text{Pos}(u) = \{i \mid u_i > 0\}$ is precisely the set of ...

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### How to deduce the recursive derivative formula of B-spline basis?

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Let $\vec{U}=\{u_0,u_1,\ldots,u_m\}$ denotes a non-decreasing sequence of real numbers, i.e, $u_i\leq u_{i+1} \quad i=0,1,2\ldots m-1$.
and the $i$-th B-spline basis function of $p$-...

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### The characteristic polynomial of the product of two linear recurrences

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a field and let $(a_n)_{n \geq 0}$, $(b_n)_{n \geq 0}$ be two linear recurrences with terms in $\mathbb{F}$ and respective characteristic polynomials $f(X), g(X) \in \mathbb{F}[X]$....

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### A characteristic 2 polynomial recursion

Let $c(n)$ in $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}[x]$ be defined by the recursion $$c(n+4)=c(n+3)+(x^4+x^3+x^2+x)c(n)+x^n\cdot(x+x^2),$$ and the initial conditions
$$c(0)=0,\quad c(1)=1,\quad c(2)=x,\quad c(3)=x^...

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### Asymptotic upper bound for recursive function $f(x) = f(x-1) + 2f\left(\lceil\frac{x}{2}\rceil \right)+2$

I'm looking for an asymptotic upper bound for the function f(x), which is recursively defined as follows: $$f(x) = f(x-1) + 2f\left(\lceil\frac{x}{2}\rceil \right)+2$$
with $f(1)=1$. I am pretty ...

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### How to solve a complex recursive relation

Before I get started, let me say for complete disclosure this question came up while I was solving a problem from https://projecteuler.net/.
I've been trying to find a non-recursive representation of ...

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### Is this 2x2 determinant sequence positive and increasing?

Let $X_1,X_2,X_3$ be a three discrete (integer and non-negative valued) random variables with local probabilities $a_k:=\mathbb{P}(X_1=k)$, $b_k:=\mathbb{P}(X_2=k)$, $c_k:=\mathbb{P}(X_3=k)$ and $s_k:=...

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### The p-adic valuation of a linear recurrence

Let $(u_n)_{n \geq 0}$ be an integer-valued linear recurrence of order $k \geq 1$. Precisely,
$$u_n = a_1 u_{n-1} + \cdots + a_k u_{n - k} \quad \forall n \geq k ,$$
for some $a_1, \ldots, a_k \in \...

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### Product of a Finite Number of Matrices Related to Roots of Unity

Does anyone have an idea how to prove the following identity?
$$
\mathop{\mathrm{Tr}}\left(\prod_{j=0}^{n-1}\begin{pmatrix}
x^{-2j} & -x^{2j+1} \\
1 & 0
\end{pmatrix}\right)=
\begin{cases}
...

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### Writing the quotient of solutions of linear ODEs as the solution of a nonlinear ODE

Let $A(x)$ and $B(x)$ be solutions to homogeneous linear ODEs with polynomial coefficients, i.e., $A(x)$ satisfies
$$p_KA^{(K)} + p_{K-1}A^{(K-1)} + \cdots + p_1A' + p_0A=0$$
and $B(x)$ satisfies
$$...

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### Solving the difference equation $h(\vec x)\cdot A(\vec x)=\sum_{i=1}^m A(\vec x - \vec e_i)$

I am trying to solve the following difference equation:
$$h(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4) \cdot A(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4)=A(x_1-1,x_2,x_3,x_4)+A(x_1,x_2-1,x_3,x_4)+A(x_1,x_2,x_3-1,x_4)+A(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4-1)$$
with ...

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### recursive equation to solve( similar to combinatorics)

I have this recursive equation:
$$\begin{align*} F(m,n)=F&=F(m,n-1)+F(m-1,n)-F(m-1,n-1-m) \\\\ F(m,0)&=F\left(m,m(m+1)/2\right)=1\\ F(m,i)=0&=0\text{ if i<0, i> }i<0\text{ or }i&...

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### ``Occasional'' Laurent phenomenon

This question is motivated by Richard Stanley's A question on the Laurent phenomenon (motivated by his answer to the question what is the probability that a scissor became the champion?).
He asked ...

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### Degenerate linear recurrence sequences

Let $(u_n)_{n \geq 0}$ be a linear recurrence given by
$$u_n = a_1 u_{n-1} + \cdots + a_k u_{n-k} \quad \forall n \geq k ,$$
where $u_0, \ldots, u_{k-1}, a_1, \ldots, a_k \in \mathbb{Z}$. We recall ...

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### Stationary distribution of random walk alias solving uncountably many linear equations [closed]

Let us have interval $I = (i_1,i_2)$, function $f_1 : I \mapsto I$, function $f_2 : I \mapsto I$.
Let $x_0$, $x_1$, $x_2$, ... be series of random variables from interval $I$ denoting random walk. ...

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### Number of digits in $n$-th term of generalized Fibonacci/Narayana sequence

Let $d$ be a nonnegative integer, and let the sequence ${F_d(n)}$ be defined as follows:
$F_d(n) = 1$ for $n = 0, 1, \ldots, d$
$F_d(n) = F_d(n-1) + F_d(n-1-d)$ for $n>d$
For $d=0$ the sequence ...

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### Transforming a recurrence to the product of two other recurrences

This question deals with sequence:
$$a_0 = 0,\ a_1 = 7, \quad a_{n+2} = 14a_{n+1} - a_n + 6$$
The question is about establishing that $a_n$ is a composite number (except some finite cases).
In one ...

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### Help solving a recurrence relation

For solving a related probability problem, I need to solve the following recurrence relation:-
$q(r,b,L)=\frac{b}{r+b}q(r,b-1,L)+\sum_{k=1}^{L}\frac{r}{r+b}\times\cdots \times \frac{r-(k-1)}{r+b-(k-1)...

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### Polynomial recurrence relation covering the integers (and then Gaussian integers)

Say that a polynomial recurrence relation (my terminology)
for $f_i$ is:
$k$ initial conditions setting $f_1,\ldots,f_k$ to integers ($\in \mathbb{Z})$.
A recurrence equation of the form $f_i =$ a ...

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### Definition of primitive divisor of a Lucas sequence

If $\{a_n\}_{n=1}^\infty$ is a sequence of integers, then the definition of primitive divisor of one of its terms is quite natural:
Def. 1. A prime number $p$ is a primitive divisor of $a_n$ if $p \...

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### For which recurrence relations is it decidable whether a formal power series has a maximal zero coefficient?

In this MSE question, I asked whether one can prove that a generating function has infinitely many coefficients equal to zero. The answer given (and accepted) to that rather broad question was “No”.
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### Limiting probabilities for two-player game drawing random uniform numbers

Consider this simple 2-person game I just made up:
Player A goes gets to draw a uniform U[0,1] number up to X times. At any time, he may either keep his number, or draw a brand new uniform number. ...

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### Strong divisibility of Lucas sequences

Let $a$ and $b$ be relatively prime integers and let $u_n$ be their associate Lucas sequence, i.e., the second order linear recurrence sequence satisfying $u_0 = 0$, $u_1 = 1$ and $u_{n+2} = au_{n+1} +...

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### A question on bivariate recurrence

Is there a way to get a closed form of this recurrence (albeit approximate):
$$A(n ,k ) = {1 \over {d^k}}A(n-1, k-1) + (1 - {1 \over {d^k}})A(n-1,k)$$
Where, $n,k \ge 0$ and $d \ge 2$ are integers. ...

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### Faster formula to compute sum over partitions

Let $f$ be a function from the positive integers to the real numbers (or some ring...). Let
$$(\star) \quad F(n) = \sum_{n_1 \leq \cdots \leq n_j\atop n_1 + \cdots + n_j = n} f(n_1) \cdots f(n_j), $$
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### Solving a recurrence (with the form of a convolution) involving binomial coefficients

While dealing with a problem related to intersection of hyperplanes I have come across the following recurrence to obtain the values of $K_{j}$
\begin{array}{cccccccccc}
1 & = & K_{1}\tbinom{...

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### Arithmetical properties of certain recurrence relations

Consider the following recurrence relation:
$$(4i+6j+1)(2i+3j)a_{i,j}=3j a_{i+1,j-1}-2i a_{i-1,j}+32i(i-1) a_{i-2,j+1}, i\ge0, j\ge0,$$
$$a_{0,0}=1.$$
This equation appeared in the article (...

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### Convergence and summation of power towers or Ackermann functions

I deleted this at StackExchange as it seems advanced or not very relevant for there and I want to ask here.
Let z be a complex number, $Im(z)\neq 0$ or $Re(z)<4$, m be a natural number, let $f(z,m)...

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### General four-term recurrence relations

I was perusing through this paper and I was wondering if there is any literature on general four term recurrence relations. Specifically, say a recurrence of the form
$$A(n)u_{n+3}+B(n)u_{n+2}+C(n)u_{...

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### Hamming weight of Fibonacci numbers

The Hamming weight $w(n)$ is the number of 1s in $n$ when written in binary. Is there some effective bound on Fibonacci numbers $F_n$ with $w(F_n)\le x$ for a given $x$?
Clearly only $F_0=0$ has ...

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### Infinitely many sufficiently large powers in linear recurrences

Edit Aaron solved the original question with the
fourth order $$ a(n)=n2^n+\frac{(-1)^n-1^n}{2} $$
trying to make the question harder.
Let $a(n)$ be a linear recurrence with constant coefficients,
of ...

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### Relating the roots of polynomials to the solution sets of certain functional equations

Consider a functional equation of the following form:
$$\sum_{k=0}^n a_k\,\underbrace{f(f(\cdots f}_{k}(x)\cdots )=0\quad \big(f:\,\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R},\;a_i\in \mathbb{R},\;\text{and}\;f^0=\text{...

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### Does there exist a recurrence relation which cannot be written in a closed form? [closed]

I'm looking for an example of a recurrence relation where it provably does not have a closed form.
Does such a thing exist?
For example, I believe $S(n, k)$, or the Stirling numbers of the second ...