Questions involving asymptotic analysis, including growth of functions, Big-O notation, Big-Omega and Big-Theta notations.

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How many fours are needed to represent numbers up to $N$?

The goal of the four fours puzzle is to represent each natural number using four copies of the digit $4$ and common mathematical symbols. For example, $165=(\sqrt{4} + \sqrt{\sqrt{{\sqrt{4^{4!}}}}}) ...
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On the number of complete and gap-free compositions

This is a longish post about something that has been haunting me for a while about a kind of restricted composition, namely gap-free and complete compositions. First, I will define the terms that are ...
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Sequence of numbers with prime factorization $pq^2$

I've been considering the sequence of natural numbers with prime factorization $pq^2$, $p\neq q$; it begins 12, 18, 20, 28, 44, 45, ... and is A054753 in OEIS. I have two questions: What is the ...
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What are the rules for equals signs with big-O and little-o?

This question is about asymptotic notation in general. For simplicity I will use examples about big-O notation for function growth as $n\to\infty$ (seen in algorithmic complexity), but the issues that ...
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How does $ \sum_{p<x} p^{-s} $ grow asymptotically for $ \text{Re}(s) < 1 $?

Note the $ p < x $ in the sum stands for all primes less than $ x $. I know that for $ s=1 $, $$ \sum_{p<x} \frac{1}{p} \sim \ln \ln x , $$ and for $ \mathrm{Re}(s) > 1 $, the partial sums ...
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Expected length of the shortest polygonal path connecting random points

$N$ points are selected in a uniformly distributed random way in a disk of a unit radius. Let $L(N)$ denote the expected length of the shortest polygonal path that visits each of the points at least ...
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Power towers: to infinity and all the way back

In the following, let $n$ be a positive integer, all other variables be real (furthermore, $a>1$), all functions be real-valued, and logarithms of negative arguments be undefined. Let ...
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How many primes does Euclid's proof account for?

This is a passing curiosity, and I haven't found any duplicates, so I thought I'd share my thoughts. In the most basic (or at least the most famous) proof of the infinitude of prime numbers, due to ...
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Prove that this function is bounded

This is an exercise from Problems from the Book by Andreescu and Dospinescu. When it was posted on AoPS a year ago I spent several hours trying to solve it, but to no avail, so I am hoping someone ...
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How to show that $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n-1}\frac{k!k^{n-k}}{n!}$ is asymptotically $\sqrt{\frac{\pi n}{2}}$?

According to "Concrete Mathematics" on page 434, elementary asymptotic methods show that $\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^{n-1}\frac{k! \; k^{n-k}}{n!}$ is asymptotically $\sqrt{\frac{\pi n}{2}}$. Does ...
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Zombie outbreak on a $k$-regular graph

Suppose we have a zombie outbreak on a connected $k$-regular graph of order $n$. There are $n_0$ initially infected zombie nodes, and each turn, each zombie infects its neighbors with probability ...
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What is the purpose of Stirling's approximation to a factorial?

Stirling approximation to a factorial is $$ n! \sim \sqrt{2 \pi n} \left(\frac{n}{e}\right)^n. $$ I wonder what benefit can be got from it? From computational perspective (I admit I don't ...
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Asymptotics of $1^n + 2^{n-1} + 3^{n-2} +\cdots + (n-1)^2 + n^1$

Suppose $n\in\mathbb{Z}$ and $n > 0$. Let $$H_n = 1^n + 2^{n-1} + 3^{n-2} +\cdots + (n-1)^2 + n^1.$$ I would like to find a Big O bound for $H_n$. A Big $\Theta$ result would be even better.
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Proof $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n \binom{n}{k}(-1)^k \log k = \log \log n + \gamma +\frac{\gamma}{\log n} +O\left(\frac1{\log^2 n}\right)$

More precisely, $$\sum_{k=1}^n \binom{n}{k}(-1)^k \log k = \log \log n + \gamma +\frac{\gamma}{\log n} -\frac{\pi^2 + 6 \gamma^2}{12 \log^2 n} +O\left(\frac1{\log ^3 n}\right).$$ This is Theorem 4 ...
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Asymptotic expression of an oscillatory integral

Consider the integral $$ f(\alpha,\beta)= \int_0^{2\pi}\,dx \sqrt{1- \cos(\alpha x ) \cos(\beta x)}$$ as a function of the two parameters $\alpha,\beta$. I am interested in the asymptotic behavior ...
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please solve a 2013 th derivative question?

$ f(x) = 6x^7\sin^2(x^{1000}) e^{x^2} $ Find $ f^{(2013)}(0) $ A math forum friend suggest me to use big O symbol, however have no idea what that is, so how does that helping?
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Is there a formula for $\sum_{n=1}^{k} \frac1{n^3}$?

I am searching for the value of $$\sum_{n=k+1}^{\infty} \frac1{n^3} \stackrel{?}{=} \sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} \frac1{n^3} - \sum_{n=1}^{k} \frac1{n^3} = \zeta(3) - \sum_{n=1}^{k} \frac1{n^3}$$ For which ...
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Asymptotic behaviour of sums of consecutive powers

Let $S_k(n)$, for $k = 0, 1, 2, \ldots$, be defined as follows $$S_k(n) = \sum_{i=1}^n \ i^k$$ For fixed (small) $k$, you can determine a nice formula in terms of $n$ for this, which you can then ...
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Asymptotic analysis of the integral $\int_0^1 \exp\{n (t+\log t) + \sqrt{n} wt\}\,dt$

The integral I'm trying to study is $$ F(n) = \int_0^1 \exp\left\{n(t+\log t)+\sqrt{n}wt\right\}\,dt, \tag{1} $$ where $w$ is a fixed complex number with $\Re(w) < 0$ and $\Im(w) > 0$. As ...
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A (non-artificial) example of a ring without maximal ideals

As a brief overview of the below, I am asking for: An example of a ring with no maximal ideals that is not a zero ring. A proof (or counterexample) that $R:=C_0(\mathbb{R})/C_c(\mathbb{R})$ is a ...
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How do you prove that $n^n$ is $O(n!^2)$?

It seems obvious that: $$n^n \in O(n!^2)$$ But I can't seem to find a good way to prove it.
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Decreasing integers on the blackboard

There are $n\geq 2$ copies of an integer $k>0$ written on the blackboard. A move consists of choosing an integer $m>0$ on the blackboard, and replacing it as well as one other integer on the ...
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Stirling's formula: proof?

Suppose we want to show that $$ n! \sim \sqrt{2 \pi} n^{n+(1/2)}e^{-n}$$ Instead we could show that $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{n!}{n^{n+(1/2)}e^{-n}} = C$$ where $C$ is a constant. Maybe $C = ...
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What's the lower bound of the sum $S(n) = \sum_{k=1}^n \prod_{j=1}^k(1-\frac j n)$?

If we have $$ S(n) = \sum_{k=1}^n \prod_{j=1}^k(1-\frac j n) $$ What the lower bound of $S(n)$ when $n\to\infty$? PS: If I didn't make any mistake when I calculate $S(n)$, then it should be ...
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Can a function “grow too fast” to be real analytic?

Does there exist a continuous function $\: f : \mathbf{R} \to \mathbf{R} \:$ such that for all real analytic functions $\: g : \mathbf{R} \to \mathbf{R} \:$, for all real numbers $x$, there exists ...
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On the Limit of Stirling's Approximation

I have recently proven the following curious identity: For real $x \geqslant 1$, \begin{align} \lfloor x \rfloor! = x^{\lfloor x \rfloor} e^{1-x} e^{\int_{1}^{x} \text{frac}(t)/t \ dt} \end{align} ...
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Sufficient bound to conclude limit has certain value. $\lim {\left( {\int_0^1 {{{dx} \over {1 + {x^n}}}} } \right)^n}=\frac 1 2 $

I am trying to show that $$\lim {\left( {\int\limits_0^1 {{{dx} \over {1 + {x^n}}}} } \right)^n}=\frac 1 2 $$ Now, this can be done as follows. Using $x\mapsto x^{-1}$ we get that $$\int\limits_0^1 ...
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Asymptotics of sum of binomials

How can you compute the asymptotics of $$S=n + m - \sum_{k=1}^{n} k^{k-1} \binom{n}{k} \frac{(n-k)^{n+m-k}}{n^{n+m-1}}\;?$$ We have that $n \geq m$ and $n,m \geq 1$. A simple application of ...
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Is there any nonconstant function that grows (at infinity) slower than all iterations of the (natural) logarithm?

Is there any nonconstant function that grows (at $\infty$) slower than all iterations of the (natural) logarithm? Thanks for your help.
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Large $n$ asymptotic of $\int_0^\infty \left( 1 + x/n\right)^{n-1} \exp(-x) \, \mathrm{d} x$

While thinking of 71432, I encountered the following integral: $$ \mathcal{I}_n = \int_0^\infty \left( 1 + \frac{x}{n}\right)^{n-1} \mathrm{e}^{-x} \, \mathrm{d} x $$ Eric's answer to the linked ...
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A question on the Stirling approximation, and $\log(n!)$

In the analysis of an algorithm this statement has come up:$$\sum_{k = 1}^n\log(k) \in \Theta(n\log(n))$$ and I am having trouble justifying it. I wrote $$\sum_{k = 1}^n\log(k) = \log(n!), \ \ ...
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Order of the smallest group containing all groups of order $n$ as subgroups.

Let $n\in \Bbb N$ be fixed and $m\in \Bbb N$ be the least number such that there exists a group of order $m$ in which all groups of order $n$ can be (isomorphically) embedded. Can we deduce $n!=m$?
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Asymptotic formula for $\sum_{n \le x} \frac{\varphi(n)}{n^2}$

Here is yet another problem I can't seem to do by myself... I am supposed to prove that $$\sum_{n \le x} \frac{\varphi(n)}{n^2}=\frac{\log x}{\zeta(2)}+\frac{\gamma}{\zeta(2)}-A+O \left(\frac{\log ...
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If $\lambda_n \sim \mu_n$, is it true that $\sum \exp(-\lambda_n x) \sim \sum \exp(-\mu_n x)$ as $x \to 0$?

If $\lambda_n,\mu_n \in \mathbb{R}$, $\lambda_n \sim \mu_n$ as $n \to +\infty$, and $\mu_n \to +\infty$ as $n \to +\infty$, is it true that $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \exp(-\lambda_n x) \sim ...
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Is there a slowest rate of divergence of a series?

$$f(n)=\sum_{i=1}^n\frac{1}{i}$$ diverges slower than $$g(n)=\sum_{i=1}^n\frac{1}{\sqrt{i}}$$ , by which I mean $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}(g(n)-f(n))=\infty$. Similarly, $\ln(n)$ diverges as fast as ...
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A recurrence that wiggles?

Consider the following sequence $a_n$: $a_1 = 0$ $a_n = 1 + \frac{1}{2^n-2} \sum_{i=1}^{n-1} \binom{n}{i} a_i$ The first few terms are $0,1,\frac{3}{2},\frac{13}{7},\frac{15}{7}$. The sequence ...
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Euler's Constant: The asymptotic behavior of $\left(\sum\limits_{j=1}^{N} \frac{1}{j}\right) - \log(N)$

I want to show that there exists a constant $C\in\mathbb{R}$ such that $$ \sum_{j=1}^N \frac1{j} = \log(N)+C+O(1/N). $$ I know how to prove that the Euler-Mascheroni constant exists (which I ...
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Asymptotics of the sum of squares of binomial coefficients

We are trying to estimate the cardinality $K(n,p)$ of so-called Kuratowski monoid with $p$ positive and $n$ negative linearly ordered idempotent generators. In particular, we are interesting in the ...
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Laplace's method

I'm still having a little trouble applying Laplace's method to find the leading asymptotic behavior of an integral. Could someone help me understand this? How about with an example, like: ...
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Packing an infinite sequence of disks

Let $a > 1$ and $Q(a)$ denote the supremum of values of $q$ such that a countably infinite collection of disks, whose areas form an infinitely decreasing geometric progression with the start value ...
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Convergence of power towers

Let's define the sequence $\{s_n\}$ recursively as $$s_1=\sqrt2,\ \ \ s_{n+1}=\sqrt2^{\,s_n}.$$ Or, in other words, $$s_n=\underbrace{\sqrt2^{\sqrt2^{\ .^{\ .^{\ .^{\sqrt2}}}}}}_{n\ \text{levels}}.$$ ...
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Estimating the integral $\int_0^1 (1-t^2)^{-1/2} e^{-nt} \,dt$ for large $n$.

I would like to find the asymptotic behavior of the integral $$\int_0^1 (1-t^2)^{-1/2} e^{-nt} \,dt$$ for large $n$. It seems reasonably obvious that the integral goes to zero. At least it is ...
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Derivation of asymptotic solution of $\tan(x) = x$.

An equation that seems to come up everywhere is the transcendental $\tan(x) = x$. Normally when it comes up you content yourself with a numerical solution usually using Newton's method. However, ...
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Asymptotic behaviour of a multiple integral on the unit hypercube

A few days ago I found an interesting limit on the "problems blackboard" of my University: $$\lim_{n\to +\infty}\int_{(0,1)^n}\frac{\sum_{j=1}^n x_j^2}{\sum_{j=1}^n x_j}d\mu = 1.$$ The correct claim, ...
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Asymptotics of LCM

Let $\operatorname{LCM}(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n)$ be the least common multiple of the integers $x_i$. How can one find the asymptotics of $\operatorname{LCM}(f(1),f(2),\dots,f(n))$ as $n$ approaches ...
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Calculate Asymptotics of Integral?

Let $f$ be a continuous function on $[0,1]$. How do I calculate the asymptotics, as $n\rightarrow\infty$, of $\displaystyle \int_{[0,1]^n}f\left(\frac{x_1+...+x_n}{n}\right)\text d x_1...\text d ...
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The boundedness of an integral

Is there a constant $C$ which is independent of real numbers $a,b,N$, such that $$\left| {\int_{-N}^N \dfrac{e^{i(ax^2+bx)}-1}{x}dx} \right| \le C?$$
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Asymptotic behavior of $|f'(x)|^n e^{-f(x)}$

Let $f$ be a strictly convex function on $\mathbb R$, $f'' \geq C > 0$. Let $n$ be a positive integer. What can we say about the growth rate of $|f'(x)|^n e^{-f(x)}$ as $x\rightarrow \infty$? Must ...
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Closed form for $\sum_{k=0}^{n} k\binom{n}{k}\log\binom{n}{k}$

Is it possible to write this in closed form: $$\sum_{k=0}^{n} k\binom{n}{k}\log\left(\vphantom{\Huge A}\binom{n}{k}\right)$$ Can you get something like $$n2^{n-1}\log(2^{n-1})$$
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Expected values of some properties of the convex hull of a random set of points

$N$ points are selected in a uniformly distributed random way in a disk of the unit radius. Let $P(N)$ and $A(N)$ denote the expected perimeter and the expected area of their convex hull. For what ...