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$$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\cos n \theta}{(\sqrt{13})^{n+1}}x^n $$

Find the radius of convergence for the above series. I have learnt to use the root test and ratio test but neither of them seem to work. I have problems manipulating.

Not sure if this is useful: $\cos z = \frac{1}{2} \left(e^{iz}+e^{-iz} \right)$

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I would use the fact that cosine is bounded. – echoone Aug 25 '12 at 14:36
@echoone what if $\theta$ is a complex number? In this case cosine is unbounded. – The Substitute Mar 28 '15 at 13:30
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Here is a hint. For any $N\in\mathbb{Z}^+$ we have that $\sup_{n>N}(\cos(n\theta))^{1/n} = 1$. Now try the root test.

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Is this correct if $\theta$ is a complex number? Isn't cosine of a complex argument unbounded by Liouville's Theorem? – The Substitute Mar 28 '15 at 13:29
@TheSubstitute yes. – John Martin Apr 2 '15 at 2:46

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