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Multiplying by irrational numbers in combinatorial problems

This is getting no attention on stackexchange. Everybody knows that the number of derangements of a set of size $n$ is the nearest integer to $n!/e$. It had escaped my attention until last week, ...
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A question on the Laurent phenomenon

This question is motivated by my answer to 109955. It gives a recurrence relation satisfied by a function $P(n)$ whose terms a priori are rational functions (of three variables) with complicated ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Beyond Collatz: A $5n+1$ conjecture? [closed]

Let $$x_{n+1} = \begin{cases} x_n/2 &;\text{if } x_n \equiv 0 \pmod{2}\\ k\,x_n+1 &; \text{if } x_n\equiv 1 \pmod{2} \end{cases}$$ and $k=3$ and $x_n\in\Bbb N$. Collatz conjectured for this ...
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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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References on techniques for solving equations with discontinuous functions such as floor and ceiling?

Here I describe the sort of reference I'm after with a motivating example. I am not seeking solutions to my equations on this forum; I'm quite happy to do that myself. Rather, I'm asking for some good ...
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Uniqueness of values in recurrence relations

Given an integer $k > 1$, define the sequences $X(k,n), Y(k,n)$ as follows: $a=4k-2,$ $y_0 = 1,$ $y_1 = a + 1,y_n = ay_{n-1} - y_{n-2}$ $b = 4k + 2,$ $ x_0 = 1,$ $x_1 = b - 1,$ $x_n = ...
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Non-crystallographic cluster algebras

Background Fomin and Zelevinsky have introduced cluster algebras in an influential article. To define a cluster algebra, Fomin and Zelevinsky have defined a mutation of seeds. Here, a seed ...
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Linear Recurrence Relations in 2 Variables with Variable Coefficients

Consider the following recurrence relation: $$-2a_{n,m} +a_{n-1,m}+a_{n,m-1}=0,$$ where $a_{n,m} \in \mathbb{C}.$I would like a purely combinatorial way to understand the subspace of solutions to this ...
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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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Asymptotic growth of recurrence relation $x_n=\min\limits_{n_1+n_2=n}(a(x_{n_1}+x_{n_2})+2n_1n_2)$

Suppose $a>0$ . Define $$x_n=\min_{n_1+n_2=n}(a(x_{n_1}+x_{n_2})+2n_1n_2) \text{ with } x_1=0.$$ Can we find $r>0$ such that there exists two positive constant $c_1,c_2$ such that ...
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Books request on nonlinear recurrence relations.

Hi, do you have some sort of a bibliography on advanced techniques in recurrence equations, such as nonlinear ones and others? As I see it recurrence equations are quite similar to differential ...
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Methods for solving two variable recurrence

I have a recurrence $$f(i,j) = 1+ \frac{N-i}{N} f(i,j-1) + \frac{i}{N} f(i-1, j)$$ $$f(i,0) = 0$$ $$f(0,j) = j$$ I would like to compute $f(N,M)$ in terms of N and M. The system is defined for ...
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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 ...
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How to solve a specific multivariate recurrence relation (or general ones)

How do you solve this recurrence (or multivariate recurrences in general)? Note that $p\in[0,1]$ and $n\in\mathbb{N}$ are given constants, where $np\leq 1$. ...
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Recurrence T(N)=T(N/LOGN)+1 [closed]

I'm stuck on the following reccurrence : T(N)=T(N/LOGN)+1,IF N>2 T(N)=0,if 0<=N<=2 I need a function T(N) for all N>0 Is there some method for solving ...
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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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Master theorem for probabilistically inspired recurrences

Is there a general solution for multi-variable recurrences of the following form which come from Markov chain analysis? $f(i,j,k) = p_1 f(i-1, j,k) + p_2 f(i, j-1,k) + p_3 f(i,j,k-1) + p_4 ...
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Perturbation analysis for three term recurrences

Jacobi polynomials, denoted by $J^{(\alpha,\beta)}_n$, on $[-1,1]$ satisfy a three term recurrence $$ J_{n+1}^{(\alpha,\beta)}(x) = (A_n+B_nx)J^{(\alpha,\beta)}_n + C_nJ_{n-1}^{(\alpha,\beta)}(x), ...
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Partitions of central sets via dynamical systems

In the book "Recurrence in Ergodic Theory and Combinatorial Number Theory", 1981, Furstenberg introduced the notion of central sets. He proved in Theorem 8.8 that in each finite partition of ...
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Three term recurrence relation.

For given $n,\ell\in\mathbb N_0$, I am interested in studying the following recursion relation for some $\mu\in\mathbb R$: $$\sqrt{-1} \tfrac{j(\ell-j+1)(n-j+1)(n+j+1)}{2(2j-1)(2j+1)} a_{j-1} - ...
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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 ...
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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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Closed form solution to an iterative equation.

$f(n+1) = f(n) + f(n)^{a}$ where $a \in (0,1)$ and $n \ge 1$ with $f(1) = m$. If $a=0$, we see $f(n) = m + n - 1$ and if $a=1$, we see $f(n) = 2^{n-1}m$. So the recursion seems to interpolate ...
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A recursive Double sequence related to uniform Cardinal B-spline

Given a sequence $A_n(k)$ defined as follows: $A_0(0)=1$, $A_0(k)=0$ for all nonzero integers $k$ and $$A_{n}(k)=(n+1-k)^2A_{n-1}(k-1)+2(n(n+1)-k^2)A_{n-1}(k)+(n+1+k)^2A_{n-1}(k+1)$$ for all positive ...
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On bounding the average cost of top-down merge sort

Let $A_n$ be the average number of comparisons to sort $n$ keys by merging them in a top-down fashion (see any algorithm textbook). It can he shown that $$ A_0 = A_1 = 0;\quad A_n = ...
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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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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 & = & ...
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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 ...
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Bound a sum of a serie defined by a recursive integer function

I'm using a recursive function $f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$, that is defined as \begin{equation} f(n)=\lceil \log(f(n-1)) \rceil +f(n-1) \end{equation} where $f(1)=F\in \mathbb{N}$, and ...
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Trying to get an idea of the maths I could use for this optimization problem

Firstly, apologies if some of the notation or terminology is odd, or if I am defining functions that have standard notation associated with them already - I am not familiar with the concepts in this ...
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Solving a two dimensional non-homogenous linear recurrence

How one can solve the following recurrence: \begin{align} X[i,0] &=0 \quad \forall i =1,\ldots, m\\ X[m,n] &= a_n X[m,n-1]+b_n \sum_{i=k_m}^{m-1}X[i,i] +c_n \end{align} Where $a_i\ge 1 ,~ 0 ...
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Giving a general term of a recursive function, and upper bound for it

Let a constant $B \ge 1$, and let $l_1 = 0$, $b_1 = 0$ be the values of $l$ and $b$ (respectively) at time $t = 1$. Let $l_{t+1} = l_t + 1$ if $b_i < B$, and $l_{t+1} = l_t$ otherwise Let ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Bessel function stable recurrence relation

I want to compute hypergeometric 1f1 function using I can't use direct computation of Bessel functions due to complexity. I want to use BesselJ recurrence relation: But forward recursion is ...
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Approximate closed-form solution for a recurrence

Find an (approximate) closed-form solution for $S(m, b)$. $$S(m,b)=\sum_{i=0}^{\lfloor (e-1)/2\rfloor}{e \choose i}S(m-1, b-i) \quad + \sum_{i=\lfloor (e-1)/2\rfloor+1}^{\min(b,e)}{e\choose ...
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Recursive relation using successor function

What is the recursive relation for H(m)=2^(m^2) using successor function recursive relation for multiplication: mult(x,0)=0; mult(x,S(y))=add(x,mult(x,y)) recursive relation for addition: add(x,0)=x; ...
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Recursion equation convergence to sqrt [closed]

I'm new here. I have a recursion equation $$ a[n] = \frac{n \cdot a[n-1]}{n+a[n-1]} + k $$ $$ a[1] = 1 $$ $$ k \in \mathbb{R}, k > 0 $$ and from computing and ploting graphs I found that it can ...