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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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### Convergent subsequence of $\sin n$

It is well known (not to me -- ed.) that for every real number $\theta \in [0, 1]$ there exists a sequence $(k_i)$ such that $\lim\sin k_i = \theta,$ but there appear to be no explicit such ...

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### Certain asymptotics involving double infinite sum

Let $1<\alpha<\beta<3/2$. Set
$$
S(n)= \sum_{i,j>0} [i^\alpha+j^\beta]^{-1}[(i+n)^\alpha+(j+n)^\beta]^{-1}.
$$
One can check that $S(n)$ is finite. My question is when $n\rightarrow ...

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### upper bound on infinite series by exponentials

I'm interested in upper bounding the following infinite series by exponential functions for x>1 (I would be fine with x>2 as well).
\begin{eqnarray*}
\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}e^{-\frac{x^2n^2}{2}}\\
...

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### sequences of real numbers

Let $\lbrace x_i\rbrace_{i=1}^\infty$ be a sequence of distinct numbers in $(0,1)$. For any $n$ after deleting $x_1,...,x_n$ from $[0,1]$ we get $n+1$ subintervals. Let $a_n$ be the maximum length of ...

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### Busy Beaver modulo 2

There is well-known Rado's "Busy Beaver" sequence — the maximal number of marks which a halting Turing machine with n states, 2 symbols (blank, mark) can produce onto an initially blank two-way ...

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### Questions about expansion of $f(x)=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty} a_i x^i$

In complex field, assume $f(x)=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty} a_i x^i$ where $a_i \in {\bf N}$ or $a_i = 0$, and $f(x)$ converges in an area.
Question 1: are there $$f(x)=p(x)+\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}r_i(x), $$
or ...

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### Calculus Teaching: Is it possible or desirable to give a severely abbreviated treatment of series convergence tests?

I will be teaching Calculus 2 this fall at a large U.S. state university. Our incoming students tend to have a limited or inconsistent background, which limits the amount of material we can cover.
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### An Euler-proof that cannot be repaired?

Ed Sandifer writes on Euler's wonderful work on prime numbers: The sum of the series of reciprocals of prime numbers $\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{5}+...$ is infinitely large, and is infinitely ...

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### Terminology for sequences/functions that approach each other

What do I call two sequences $a, b$ such that $\lim_{n\to\infty} |a_n - b_n| = 0$? Or what do I call two functions $f, g$ such that $\lim_{x\to c} |f(x) - g(x)| = 0$? (For my purposes, these are ...

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### How to estimate of $\prod_{k=a}^N \frac{1}{e^{k\kappa}-1}$ for large $N$?

I have to estimate the expression $\prod_{k=a}^N \frac{1}{e^{k\kappa}-1}$ for $\kappa$ very small $\kappa \sim 10^{-19}$ and $N$ very large $N\sim 10^{26}$ and $a$ arbitrary $a=1, \ldots, N$. I do not ...

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### A Sequence of Real numbers

Consider the sequence $\lbrace \frac{\phi(i)}{i}\rbrace_{i=1}^\infty$ where $\phi$ is the Euler's function. The Sequence is clearly dense in $[0,1]$. What can be said about the limsup of its average ...

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### The functional equation of Hofstadter's Q sequence

Hofstadter's Q sequence is defined by $Q(1) = Q(2) = 1$ and
$Q(n) = Q(n-Q(n-1)) + Q(n-Q(n-2))$ for $n \geq 3$. So far hardly anything
on this sequence has been proved -- not even that $Q(n)$ is ...

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### Series of terms following polynomial recurrence relation

Hello!
I'm stuck trying to prove a statement that seems very reasonable based on computer experiments.
For an integer $N$ and any $\epsilon \in (0,1)$, I define a sequence $u_0 = N$ and for all ...

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### How to explain the picturesque patterns in François Brunault's matrix?

How to explain the patterns in the matrix defined in François Brunault's
answer to the question Freeness of a Z[x] module depicted below? --
Choosing colors according to the highest power of 2 which ...

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### How this expression leads to the given sequence

Here given is a sequence from OEIS.
The sequence is triangle of coefficients from fractional iteration of $e^x - 1$. Few terms are:
1, 1, 3, 1, 13, 18, 1, 50, 205, 180, 1, 201, 1865, 4245, 2700, 1, ...

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### Zeta sum $\sum_{n=2}^\infty \frac{\zeta(n)}{a^n}$

Probably this is known, but mathworld and wolfram alpha don't
recognize this potential identities.
Numerical evidence suggests:
$$ \sum_{n=2}^\infty \frac{\zeta(n)}{a^n} =? \sum_{n=1}^\infty ...

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### Freeness of a Z[x]-module

Definition: Call a mapping $f: \mathbb{Z} \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$
a generalized polynomial if for any distinct integers $m$ and $n$
we have $(m - n)|(f(m)-f(n))$.
It is easy to check that polynomial ...

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### On the continuity of $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} sin(nx) / n^\alpha$

I know that the series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \sin(nx) / n^\alpha$, with $0 < \alpha < 1$, converges for $x \in [0,2\pi]$.
I'm trying to understand if the function $f(x) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty ...

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### Infinite Sum $\sum_{n=1}^\infty 2x\arctan(x/n)-n\log(1+x^2/n^2)$

I ran into the infinite sum $\sum_{n=1}^\infty 2x\arctan(x/n)-n\log(1+x^2/n^2)$, where $x$ is a positive real number. Mathematica can't do the sum, but shows that it's very well approximated by ...

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### Are sums of sequences decidable?

Suppose that $f,g$ are rational functions with integer coefficients such that $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}f(n)$ and $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}g(n)$ both converge. Is it decidable whether
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### Shift-invariant submultiplicative seminorms of $\ell^{\infty}$

Question: Is there a shift-invariant submultiplicative seminorm $||\cdot||$ of $\ell^\infty$ which satisfies the following property?
If $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\mathbb{N}$ is an increasing function ...

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### An elementary expression for $_3F_2(1,1,9/4;2,2;-1)$

Consider the following series:
$$S=\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n\ \Gamma\left(\frac{5}{4}+n\right)}{n^2\ \Gamma(n)}.$$
It can be expressed in terms of a hypergeometric function:
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### Proving that every term of the sequence is an integer

Let $m,n$ be nonnegative integers.
The sequence $\{a_{m,n}\}$ satisfies the following three conditions.
For any $m$, $a_{m,0}=a_{m,1}=1$
For any $n$, $a_{0,n}=1$
For any $m\ge0, n\ge1$, ...

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### Upper bound of a series

Given $N$ and $a$ positive integers, with $a\ge 2$ is it possible to prove the inequality:
$$\sum_{k=1}^N\frac{k^a}{(k+1)^a+(k+2)^a}\le\frac{N}{2}$$

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### Series expansion with remaining $log n$

Hi,
I'm studying the asymptotic behavior $(n \rightarrow \infty)$ of the following formula, where $k$ is a given constant.
$$ \frac{1}{n^{k(k+1)/(2n)}(2kn−k(1+k) \ln n)^2}$$
I'm trying to do a ...

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### A sequence based on Catalan–Mihăilescu problem

It was conjectured by Catalan in 1844 that the only solutions of the equation $x^a-y^b=1$ over variables $a,b,x,y\in\mathbb{N^+}$ are trivial ones: $3^1-2^1=1$ and $3^2-2^3=1$. The conjecture was ...

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### positive expression

Let
$$a_{n,k}=\sum_{s_i \geq 1 \atop \sum_{i=1}^{n-k} s_i \leq n} \frac{2^{n}}{(2(n-\sum_{i=1}^{n-k} s_i)+1)!\prod_{i=1}^{n-k} (2s_i)! }$$
for $0 \leq k \leq n-1$. Prove for $1 \leq k \leq n-1$ that
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### What is the (fractional) half-derivative of zeta at $s=0$ (and how to compute it)?

(I asked this in MSE before but there was only a general reference which did not help for my specific question)
I think I understood the concept of fractional derivatives applied to ...

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### To express $e^{\sum \limits_{k=0}^\infty q^{2^k}}$ as product terms of $(1-q^k)^{c(k)}$

$|q|\lt1$
$A(q)=\sum \limits_{k=0}^\infty q^{2^k}$
Easily We can see that
$$A(q)=q+A(q^2)\tag 1$$
Let's assume we redefine $A(q)$ as below
$A(q)=-\sum \limits_{k=1}^\infty c_k \ln{(1-q^k)}$
I ...

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### Number of Configurations in the optimal Hanoi tower

There is a unique strategy how to move $n$ disks from the first rod to the second optimally and it takes $2^n-1$ steps, solution is obtained by simple recursion. I am interested into the following ...

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### Bounding a recursively defined sequence

I have a sequence $\lambda_0,\lambda_1,\ldots,$ which is defined recursively as
$$ \lambda_0 = \frac{1}{2},$$
and
$$\lambda_{k+1} = \max_{\lambda\in [1,b]} \left(\frac{1}{2\lambda}\prod_{0\leq ...

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### Convolution inverse of recursively defined sequence is alternating

Consider the double sequence $A(n,k)$ which is recursively defined by
$$A(n,n)=1 \text{ for } n=0,1,2,\dots \text{ and }$$
$$A(n,k)=2\sum_{l=1}^{k+1} \binom{2n+1}{2l} A(n-l,k+1-l) \text{ for }0\leq k ...

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### Equally subspacing the support of a monotone function, maintaining its mean

SETUP:
Assume $f(\cdot)$ is continuous and strictly monotone decreasing on $[0,\infty]$, with $f(0)>0$ and $f(\infty)<0$.
Let $x_m$ be the solution of $\frac{1}{m}\sum_{i=1}^{m}f(ix)=0$, where ...

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### Optimality of p-Lebesgue Differentiation Theorem for Sobolev Functions

This is the third question in a series whose purpose has been to flesh out an example of the optimality of the p-Lebesgue differentiation theorem for Sobolev functions. This theorem says that for $f ...

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### sequence, such that sum of any combinations in the sequence does not equal another [closed]

Hi,
Is there any known sequence such that the sum of a combination of one subsequence never equals another subsequence sum. The subsequences should have elements only from the parent sequence.
...

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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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### Efficient (divergent) summation for sum of zetas at negative arguments?

In a question in MSE (see bottom of my own answer) I'm considering the following series, depending on a parameter m:
$$ L(m) = -\zeta(1m)/1 - \zeta(2m)/2 - \zeta(3m)/3 - \ldots $$
where I want to make ...

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### Double series solution of wave equation

Let $u(x,y,t)$ be the solution of wave equation $u_{tt}=u_{xx}+u_{yy}, 0\lt x\lt 1, 0\lt y\lt 1, t\ge 0,$ $u(x,y,0)=(x-x^2)(y-y^2), u_t(x,y,0)=0$ and $ u(x,y,t)=0$ on the boundary of the square. Then
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### Extension of the Jacobi triple product identity

The Jacobi triple product and the mathematical identity of it is:
$$\prod\limits_{n=1}^{ \infty }(1-q^{2n})(1+zq^{2n-1})(1+z^{-1}q^{2n-1})=\sum\limits_{n = - \infty }^ \infty z^n q^{n^2} $$
I would ...

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### A series question related to solution of Laplace equation

Let $u(x,y)$ be the solution of the Laplace equation $\Delta u=0$ on the unit square $(0,1)\times (0,1)$ with boundary condition:
$$ u(x,1)=1, u(x,0)=0, u(0,y)=0, u(1,y)=0$$
The series solution is ...

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### $\sum _{k=0}^{\infty } \frac{1}{(k+m) k!} \equiv 1$ for $m=2$

I changed the title and added revisions and left the original untouched
For this post, $k$ is defined to be the square root of some $n\geq k^{2}$. Out of curiousity, I took the sum of one of the ...

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### Distorted Newtion binomial

This is a cross-posting of a MSE question (which did not receive any feedback there so far).
Let $\varepsilon >0$, with $\varepsilon \neq 1$. Consider the sequence $u_n$ defined by
$$
...

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### Does there exist a sequence of complex numbers such that…

The following question came up while I was working through an example:
Does there exist an $\ell^1$ sequence of complex numbers $a_n$, not all zero, such that $\sum_n a_n n^{-p} = 0$ for all $p ...

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### The unreasonable effectiveness of Pade approximation

I am trying to get an intuitive feel for why the Pade approximation works so well. Given a truncated Taylor/Maclaurin series it "extrapolates" it beyond the radius of convergence. But what I can't ...

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### Calculating $n$ for $\sigma(\sigma(n)-n) = n$ [redefined]

As in A072868 described by OEIS;
Defined by $\sigma(\sigma(n)-n) = n$.
Since these numbers are important in regard to many things, specially mersenne primes, since ${n-1 \over 2}\times ...

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### Limit of functions and asymptotic behaviour

Let us consider a sequence $(p_l)_l$ of polynomials on $[0,1]$ that converge uniformely, as $l\to \infty$, to a function $f$ defined on $[0,1]$.
I denote the polynomials $p_l(t) = \sum_{k=0}^{m(l)} ...

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### “Harmonacci” recurrence and identities for $\pi$

While playing with something totally irrelevant I stumbled upon the recurrence:
$$a_{n+1} = \frac{1}{a_n} + a_{n-1}$$
It turns out that given $a_0 = 1, a_1 = 1$,
$$lim \frac{a_{2n}}{a_{2n-1}} = ...

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### Series of quotients with perturbed denominator

Let $a_n>0$ and $b_n>0$ be two strictly declining sequences such that the series
$$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{a_n}{b_n}$$ is convergent. For $\sigma>0$ define $$f^N(\sigma) = \sum_{n=1}^N ...

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### What was Lambert's solution to $x^m+x=q$?

I've been thinking about Lambert's Trinomial Equation quite a bit, and I want to see his solution. The only solution I could find was in Euler's form, and I still don't quite understand how he got ...