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

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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 ...

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### Given a sequence of real numbers,do the following conditions suffice to guarantee convergence to 0?

If $x_{a+1}$-$x_{a}$ converges to $0$ and $x_{2a}$-$2x_{a}$ converges to $0$ , does that imply $x_a$ converges to $0$?

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### Solution of certain forms of equations

I ask about a possible method to find the solution of algebraic equations of the form
$axⁿ+byⁿ+c=0$
where $a,b,c,x,y$ are real constants and $n$ is an integer. Maybe there is a simple method, but I ...

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### Limit of Sequence of unusual Prime Product

Let $p_n$ be the nth prime and $p_L$ be closest to its square root:
\begin{equation}
p_L^2 \approx p_n \approx x
\end{equation}
Let $\sigma \in Z^+$ be a positive integer constant. Define the ...

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### Cycling through the Zeta Garden: Zeta functions for graphs, cycle index polynomials, and determinants

Zeta functions abound in mathematics. Audrey Terras describes in Zeta Functions and Chaos three zeta functions--the zeta fct. of a projective non-singular algebraic variety; the Artin-Mazur zeta ...

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### series expansion of the q-Pochhammer symbol

The following identity arose while I was working on a recent MO question:
$-\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n}\frac{(-x)^n}{1-x^n}=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n}\frac{x^n}{1-x^{2n}}.$
I have no doubt ...

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### Series with iterated log's: does it converge?

This came up in our office today. Let
$$f(x) = \begin{cases} x & \mbox{if } x\leq 1 \cr x\cdot f(\ln(x)) & \mbox{otherwise}\end{cases}$$
Does this series converge?
$$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty ...

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### Computing the limit of a certain recursively defined sequence

The following is not exactly a research question (it was originated from manufacturing of exercises for calculus), and has no other motivation than explaining a phenomenon. I apologize if it is ...

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### Series for envelope of triangle area bisectors

The lines which bisect the area of a triangle form an envelope as shown in this picture
It is not difficult to show that the ratio of the area of the red deltoid to the area of the triangle is ...

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### The function $\sum_{0}^{\infty} x^n/n^n$

The function $F(x) = \sum_{0}^{\infty} x^n/n^n$ may be familiar to many readers as an example sometimes used when teaching tests for absolute convergence of entire functions defined by power series. I ...

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### Good set theory in which to study ordinal-indexed sequences?

I'd like to "model" the absolute complement of a set $X$ as the ordinal-indexed sequence $\alpha \mapsto V_\alpha \setminus X$ where $V_\alpha$ is the $\alpha$ stage of the cumulative hierarchy. My ...

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### On methods for dealing with recursively defined sequences

Define $a_1=8$ and $a_n=\frac{4^{n+1}-2^{n+2}\sqrt{4^n-a_{n-1}}}{2}$ for $n\geq 2$.
By means of harmonic analysis methods it can be shown that $a_n$ converges to $\pi^2$ (this being the first ...

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### sequences - recurrence relation [closed]

I have to find the expression of $(y_n)$ defined by :
$$y_{n+1}=a y_n+b z_n+c$$
where $(z_n)$ is an arithmetico-geometric sequence :
$$z_{n+1}=d z_n+e$$
and $a,b,c,d,e$ real numbers.
Thank you ...

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### Convergence of a function in a metric space to its metric.

Given a metric space $(\mathbb{A},d)$ in $\mathbb{R^n}$ with a metric $d$ being the Euclidean metric:
If $\lim_{t \rightarrow \infty}||A_{t+1}-A_t||\rightarrow 0$ is a convergent sequence where $A$ ...

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### Another Chicken or Egg: Sequence or Series

This is a side question which is more motivated by teaching than research.
First, I am trying to convince myself that sequences appear before series (as numerical approximations to "interesting" ...

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### What is the theoretical interest of finding closed-form sols. of infinite series?

Hi,
I was reading this when I came across Gourevitch's conjecture.
My understanding is that solutions to these series are of practical interest. If one encounters such a series, being able to solve ...

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### An infinite set of identities using Stirling numbers 1st kind - are they all zero?

I have the following set of series involving the Stirling numbers 1'st kind and binomials, which can be understood as a set of dot-products of row- and column-vectors of two infinite matrices (where R ...

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### Evaluating a limit similar to the Euler constant

In the course of studying a certain complex-valued functional equation, I have had a need to evaluate the following limit:
$$\gamma_\mathcal{T}=\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(-\frac{i}{2}\sum_{k=1}^n ...

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### Composition of two formal series

There are two formal semi-infinite Laurent series
$$
f_+(z)=z+\sum_{k=2}^{\infty} a_k z^k
$$
and
$$
f_-(z)=z+\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} b_k z^{-k}
$$
Their composition (we assume that this composition ...

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### A series representation

How to find the end of a series representation of the product
$$
\prod_{\substack{i=1...\infty\\\ j=0...i\\\ k=0...j}}\frac{1}{1-x^{i-j}y^{j-k}z^{k}}?
$$
For example for product
$$
...

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### Maximal difference between k randomly drawn numbers from 1 to n – Looking for formula to sequence

Hello!
I have an interesting problem that seemed simple to me, but I'm unable to solve it on my own.
Suppose I am drawing k numbers out of n numbers labeled from 1 to n.
Considering all ...

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### what this type of series expansion is

I obtained a series expansions as this type
$$f(x)=g(x)^{\textstyle \sum_{i=0}^{n}\alpha_{i}x^{-i}+O\left(\tfrac{1}{x^{n+1}}\right)}$$
what is the exact name of this formula

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### Growth of a particular sequence

Not sure if this is research level? While analyzing a particular algorithm, I came across the following series:
$\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{3^{k}}{\prod_{i=1}^{k-1}2^{2^{i}}}$
Is there a closed form ...

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### Convergence of Newton series for sin ax

Let's define half discrete-analytic function as a function whose Newton series converges to that function for each $x>0$:
$$f(x)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty \binom{x}k \Delta^k f\left ...

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### $\sum_{p,q \text{ primes } p \le q} 1/(pq\log(pq))$

The sum $$ \sum\limits_{p,q \text{ primes } p \le q} \frac{1}{pq\log(pq)}$$
is related to a conjecture of Erdős about primitive sequences.
It converges because the sequence is primitive. If my ...

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### expanding the sqare of sum

If there any way to expand the following?
$$\left(\sum_{i=1}^nx_i\right)^{\frac{1}{2}}$$
and more generally, a way to expand
$$\left(\sum_{i=1}^nx_i\right)^{\frac{p}{q}}$$
where $gcd(p,q) = 1$
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### Converting a recursive definition to an explicit one

Is there an explicit form for $a_x$ (whole numbers x) given that $a_x = \displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{x-1} \binom{x-1}{i} a_i$?
I've listed out the first few terms:
for $x=0,1,2,3,4,5,6, 7$
we have $a_x ...

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### Generalization of Cauchy product

Hello,
working on some machine learning problem I end up facing a problem which looks like generalizing the notion of Cauchy product.
I briefly go back to Cauchy products before exposing my ...

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### Equidecomposable graphs, unimodality and asymptotics

I will call two graphs $G$ and $H$, $r$-equidecomposable (in analogy with Hilbert's third problem) if they can be written as unions of disjoint subgraphs
$$G\cong \bigsqcup_{i=1}^r G_i\quad ,\quad ...

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### Does every strictly increasing, unbounded sequence of positive real numbers contain arbitrarily long, finite subsequences which are “sort of increasing” or “sort of decreasing” (as defined below)?

Is the following true?
If $(x_0, x_1, \dots)$ is a strictly increasing, unbounded sequence of positive real numbers, then there exist fixed $M,N \geq 1$ such that the sequence $(x_0, x_1, \dots)$ ...

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### The digit sum: $s(na)=s(nb)$

Not that I was serious about the following question, but I think it is a must-to-ask as a follow-up to this MO post.
For integer $n\ge0$, let $s(n)$ denote the sum of the digits in the decimal ...

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### Useful lower bound on an infinite sum

Fix integer $s.$ I have encountered the following infinite sum.
$$\sum_{k=0}^\infty \Pi_{l=1}^k\left[1-(1-2^{-l})^s\right]$$
Is there a useful lower bound on this expression? For instance, if $s=1,$ ...

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### sum calculation

I would like to calculate, or bound from above, the following sum
$$
\sum_{i=0}^n(n-2i)^p{p \choose i},
$$
here $p\geq 2$.
Any references are very welcome.
Thank you.

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### Cesaro means for $\alpha<1$ and Banach limits

I am interested in conditions in terms of standard scales of summation methods that guarantee the existence of an averaged limit for all almost convergent sequences. For the Cesaro summation method ...

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### Cesaro means and Banach limits

Consider the class of bounded sequences to which every Banach limit (non-negative shift-invariant continuous functional on $l^\infty$ taking convergent sequences in the usual sense to their limits) ...

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### An operator realizing the Borel transform

Let $y(z) = \sum_k y_k z^k$ be a holomorphic function in a vicinity of the point $z=0$. Define its Borel transform $By$ as a function $By(z) = \sum_k \frac {y_k}{k!} z^k$.
The well-know formula ...

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### “closed form” finite sum

If a finite sum has a definite integral representation, for which it can be proved the underlying indefinite integral is not an elementary function, then does this imply the original finite sum can ...

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### Is it true that $c_0(X)^* = \ell_1(X^*)$ ?

I'm trying to prove this that but I can't . Any help/reference ?

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### Proving that an increasing iterative sequence increases at a decreasing rate

In this question
Proving a sequence of integrals increases (iterated minimax distributions)
Pietro Majer proved that
$$\int_0^1F_n(x) dx \leq \int_0^1F_{n+1}(x) dx$$ when $$F_n(x) = ...

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### Finding local patterns in a circular list

Consider a list $\boldsymbol{x}=x_0,x_1,\ldots,x_{n-1}$, which we consider to be circular by taking the subscripts modulo $n$. The entries in the list are distinct integers.
A local pattern is a ...

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### Sequence of smooth functions converging to sgn(x)

I'm looking for a sequence of smooth functions $f_i(x)$ converging to Sign$(x)$, each of which additionally have the following property:
\begin{equation}
f_i(x_1+x_2) = g_i(x_1, f_i(x_2))
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### Simplifying finite sum over 1/(ax+b)

Can I simplify:
\begin{equation}
\sum_{x=x_0}^{x_1} \frac{1}{ax+b}
\end{equation}