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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Why are asymptotically one half of the integer compositions gap-free?

Question summary The number of gap-free compositions of $n$ can already for quite small $n$ be very well approximated by the total number of compositions of $n$ divided by $2$. This question seeks ...
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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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A disease spreading through a triangular population

I have run into this problem in my research, which I'm presenting under a different guise to avoid going into unnecessary background. Consider a population that is connected in a triangular manner, ...
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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 $p$....
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What's the most efficient way to mow a lawn?

For $S\subseteq\Bbb R^2$ and $x\in\Bbb R$, define $E_x(S)=\{y\in\Bbb R^2:d(y,S)<x\}$. ($E_x(S)$ represents the expansion of $S$ by $x$.) Given a path $\gamma:[0,1]\to\Bbb R^2$, denote its length as ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 $\log^n(...
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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 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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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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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 = \sqrt{...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 I'...
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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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Showing that $\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum^n_{k=1}\frac{1}{k}-\ln(n)=0.5772\ldots$

How to show that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\left[\sum^n_{k=1}\frac{1}{k}-\ln(n)\right]=0.5772\ldots$$ No clue at all. Need help! Appreciated!
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Double harmonic summation

Let us consider a lattice formed by all points with integer and positive coordinates on a Cartesian plane, and where $K$ is the maximal value for the $x$-axis. Let us assign to each lattice point the ...
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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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An equivalent of $\int_0^1\left(\frac{1}{\log x}+\frac{1}{1-x}\right)^n\;dx$

Set $$ I_n :=\int_0^1\left(\frac{1}{\log x} + \frac{1}{1-x}\right)^n \:\mathrm{d}x \qquad n=1,2,3,.... $$ We have $$I_1 =\gamma, \quad I_2 =\log (2 \pi) - \frac 32, \quad I_3 = 6 \log A - \frac{...
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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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Asymptotic integral expansion of $\int_0^{\infty} t^{3/4}e^{-x(t^2+2t^4)}dt$ for $x \to \infty$

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: $$\int_0^{...
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Is there an algorithm for deciding big/little-O queries?

Consider the following question: Is $2^{o(\log n)} = o(n^c)$ for every constant $0 < c < 1$? I can try to answer this question using basic limits to get that the answer is "yes." I can ...
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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 $\gamma\in\mathbb{R}$ such that $$ \sum_{j=1}^N \frac1{j} = \log(N)+\gamma+O(1/N). $$ I know how to prove that the Euler-Mascheroni constant exists (...
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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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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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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!), \ \ n\log(n)...
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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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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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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 x}{...
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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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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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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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If $p$ is a positive multivariate polynomial, does $1/p$ have polynomial growth?

I wanted to ask a separate question to focus on an elementary issue from my question Does the inverse of a polynomial matrix have polynomial growth?. Let $p : \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$ be a ...
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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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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 \sum_{n=1}^{...
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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 infinity slower than all iterations of the (natural) logarithm?
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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 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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Infinite Sum of Sines With Increasing Period

A while ago, I was thinking about the Weierstrass function, which is a sum of sines with increasing frequencies in such a way that the curve is a fractal. However, I wondered what would happen if one ...