A is an expression obtained through an iterative process of representing a number as the sum of its integer part and the reciprocal of another number.

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Name/properties of a difference of continuants

(This is cross-posted at http://mathoverflow.net/questions/181619/name-of-a-difference-of-continuants) Suppose that $q_1$, $\ldots$, $q_s$ is a sequence of positive integers. Denote by $[q_1, ...
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New mathematical constant formed by continued fraction with prime numbers?

Notational convention: $$\bigoplus_{k=0}^{\infty}a_k=a_0+\cfrac{1}{a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_2+\cfrac{1}{a_3+\cfrac{1}{\ddots}}}}$$ Let $$ P:=\bigoplus_{k=1}^{\infty}p_k$$ where $p_k$ is the k-th prime ...
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Approximating $\frac{t^2}{3-\frac{t^2}{5-\frac{t^2}{7-\frac{t^2}{9-\cdots}}}}$

What is a good approximation for $$\omega=\frac{t^2}{3-\frac{t^2}{5-\frac{t^2}{7-\frac{t^2}{9-\cdots}}}}$$ This will be used to find $$T=\frac{t}{1-\omega}$$ Without using Lambert's continued fraction ...
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Minimum of $|az_x-bz_y|$

I am trying to minimize the following function: \begin{align} &f(z_x,z_y)=|az_x-bz_y| \\ &\text{ s.t. } z_x,z_y \in \mathbb{Z},1 \le z_x \le N_x \text{ and } 1 \le z_y \le N_y \text{ and } ...
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Continued fraction of a square root

If I want to find the continued fraction of $\sqrt{n}$ how do I know which number to use for $a_0$? Is there a way to do it without using a calculator or anything like that? What's the general ...
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Sums of nested radicals

Is there a known example of an infinite sum of finitely nested radicals that evaluates to a given value? Or an infinite sum of convergents of an infinite continued fraction? The finitely nested ...
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Continued fraction and double series.

From Euler's continued fraction formula, we have $$x = \cfrac{1}{1 - \cfrac{r_1}{1 + r_1 - \cfrac{r_2}{1 + r_2 - \cfrac{r_3}{1 + r_3 - \ddots}}}}\,$$ and $$x = 1 + \sum_{i=1}^\infty r_1r_2\cdots r_i = ...
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Finding Function Representation of Recursive Sequence

I was trying to find one of the roots of $x^2 + 4x + 3 = 0$ by deriving a continued fraction from the recursive formula $x = -3/x - 4$ (every step of the approximation you increase the recursion by ...
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Continued fraction expansion of Pi (oeis A001203). [duplicate]

I would like to understand how you get the numbers $$3+\frac{1}{7+\frac{1}{15+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{292+...}}}}$$ i.e. $\{3,7,15,1,292,...\}$ (A001203). In the comments of A046965 is explained a method ...
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How to prove this determinant is $\pi$?

prove or disprove $$\pi=\begin{vmatrix} 3&1&0&0&0&\cdots\\ -1&6&1&0&0&\cdots\\ 0&-1&\dfrac{6}{3^2}&1&0&\cdots\\ ...
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Fact similar to Ostrowski numeration for reals

I have to prove this fact (found in an article without proof). Let $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ be an irrational number. Let $\alpha = [a_0;a_1,a_2,\ldots]$ be the continued fraction expansion. We call ...
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L. Jacobsen and H. Waadeland: Glimt fra analytisk teori for kjedebrøker. Del 2.

I am trying to find the aforementioned paper online but have had no luck. I originally spotted it as a reference [26] for the paper Gauss, Landen, Ramanujan, the Arithmetic-Geometric Mean, Ellipses, ...
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Induction proof for continued fractions

Recently while preparing for a maths test, I got this question in a book: Let $a(n) = 3 + \cfrac{1}{3+\cfrac{1}{3+\cfrac{1}{3+\cdots }}}$ till $n$ terms. Prove that $a(n) \cdot a(n-1)=3a(n-1)+1$ ...
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Continued fraction inequality: $q_n\left|q_n\alpha-p_n\right|(a_{n+1}+1)>1$

In an article it is used the fact that $$q_n\left|q_n\alpha-p_n\right|(a_{n+1}+1)>1$$ where $\alpha=[a_0;a_1,\ldots]$ is an irrational number and $q_i$ is the series of the best approximation ...
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Approximating a Continued Fraction

From a paper I was reading, If: $$w=\frac {1}{3}\left\{ \frac {-\dfrac {3}{16}\lambda^2}{1}+\frac {-\dfrac {3}{16}\lambda^2}{1}+\frac {-\dfrac {3}{16}\lambda^2}{1}+\frac {-\dfrac ...
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Using continued fractions to well-approximate a quadratic form?

Continued fractions are the "best rational approximation" of other numbers. For a real number $\alpha$ the continued fraction algorithm produces a sequence of integers $\alpha = [a_1, a_2, \dots, ...
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Continued Fraction Expansion

While reading "Gauss, Landen, Ramanujan, the Arithmetic-Geometric Mean, Ellipses, π, and the Ladies Diary " [p.602] from $F\left( -\dfrac {1}{2},-\dfrac {1}{2};1;\lambda^{2}\right)=1+\dfrac {\lambda ...
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Unsure about infinite continued fraction

How do you/is it possible to express $a=\cfrac{1}{2+\cfrac{3}{4+\cfrac{5}{6+\cdots}}}$ in the form $\frac{p}{q}(k+\sqrt{n})$? I'm still in high school, so I'm not familiar with especially ...
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Can every transcendental number be expressed as an infinite continued fraction?

Every infinite continued fraction is irrational. But can every number, in particular those that are not the root of a polynomial with rational coefficients, be expressed as a continued fraction?
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Find a number by the decimal part of its square root [duplicate]

I have a math problem consisting of two questions: can we find a number N knowing only the decimal part of its square root up to a precision (only an approximation of the decimal part because the ...
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Is $\{1,1,2,3,4,5,\cdots,i,\cdots \} $ the simple continued fraction algebraic or transcendental?

Is $$1+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{2+\cdots}} $$ or$\{1,1,2,3,4,5,\cdots,i,\cdots \} , i\in \mathbb{N}$ the simple continued fraction algebraic or transcendental? Any reference is appreciated EDIT and ...
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Any upper bound for $a_i$ in $\gamma =\{a_0,a_1,\dots,a_i,\dots\}$ the simple continued fraction expansion of real positive algebraic numbers?

Are there any upper bound for $a_i$ in $\gamma =\{a_0,a_1,\dots,a_i,\dots\}$ the simple continued fraction expansion of real positive algebraic numbers?
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What's the value of $n+\cfrac{n}{n+\cfrac{n}{n+\cfrac{n}{\vdots}}}$ for $n\in\mathbb{C}$?

Write $$\phi_n\stackrel{(1)}{=}n+\cfrac{n}{n+\cfrac{n}{\vdots}}$$ so that $\phi_n=n+\frac{n}{\phi_n},$ which gives $\phi_n=\frac{n\pm\sqrt{n^2+4n}}{2}.$ We know $\phi_1=\phi$, the Golden Ratio, so ...
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Different Definitions Of The Sine Function

I was hoping someone could give me a flow chart or high-level map connecting all of the definitions of the sine function, with some of the reasons why we care next to each. I've tried this but I'm not ...
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Upward continued fractions

Has anybody seen "upward continued fractions", such as $$ \frac{1+\large{\frac{1+\large{\frac{1+...}{a_2}}}{a_1}}}{a_0} \quad? $$ These can be formed, for any real number $x$ with $0<x\le 1$, by ...
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Comparing Generalized Continued Fractions

Gosper lays out a method (under Approximations) for comparing regular (a.k.a simple) continued fractions which have all partial numerators set to 1. Continue comparing terms until they differ, then ...
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Help understanding a geometric proof of the ergodicity of the Gauss measure for continued fractions

Any $x\in(0,1)$ can be written as a (regular) continued fraction $$ x = \cfrac{1}{a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_2+\cfrac{1}{a_3+\cdots}}} = [a_1,a_2,a_3,\dotsc] $$ An irrational number has a unique expansion, ...
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Semi-convergent of continued fractions

I have read this from here The simple continued fraction for $x$ generates all of the best rational approximations for $x$ according to three rules: Truncate the continued fraction, and ...
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Decomposition of modular group elements

The modular group $PSL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ acts on the hyperbolic half-space $H$ by $$h\cdot z=\frac{az+b}{cz+d},\;z\in H,\;h=\begin{pmatrix}a&b\\c&d\end{pmatrix}\in PSL_2(\mathbb{Z})$$ with ...
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Continued fraction and classification of real numbers.

I would be grateful if anyone can tell if there are any methods to classify real numbers using continued fraction. eg: Suppose $[a_0;a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n]$ is the representation of some real number ...
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Convergent's numerators of the continued fraction for $\pi$

Call $C_{\pi} = \{ 1,3,22,333,355,… \}$, it´s the sequence of the numerators of convergents of the continued fraction for $\pi$, its OEIS' A002485, http://oeis.org/A002485. Let $n \in C_{\pi}$, such ...
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A weak inequality than Hurwitz

How can i prove that among any two consecuent convergents to x, al least one of the satisfy $|x-h_{n}/k_{n}|$ $< 1/2k_{n}^2$ I know, by the Thoerem of Hurwitz, that among any three consecutive ...
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About an rational aproximation to an irrational

How to show that if $x$ is an irrational number, then $x= a_{0} + \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^n}{k_{n}k_{n+1}}$ where the $k_{n}$ are the denominators of the $n$th convergents to $x$? Maybe a ...
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What was Ramanujan's solution?

The wikipedia entry on Ramanujan contains the following passage: One of his remarkable capabilities was the rapid solution for problems. He was sharing a room with P. C. Mahalanobis who had a ...
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Chinese estimate for $\pi$. Were they lucky?

The famous chinese estimate $\pi\approx\frac{355}{113}$ is good. I think that is too good. As a continued fraction: $$\pi=[3:7,15,1,292,\ldots]$$ That $292$ is a bit too big. Is there a reason for a ...
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How to find the terms of the continued fraction representation for $e^\pi$

The question is - Find the first ten terms of the continued fraction representation for $e^ \pi $
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Summing up numbers from the continued fraction of $e ^ \pi$ and $\pi ^e$

I don't remember it well ,but it was around 5-6 years ago , I was 8 and I had found this new interest - continued fractions .I used to play with their terms sum them up and thought of getting ...
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Continued fraction proof

I am really confused about the proof of this theorem: For any continued fraction, $$q_n\alpha - p_n = \frac{(-1)^n}{\alpha_{n+1}q_n + q_{n-1}}$$ I got the base induction case for $n=0$ but I can't ...
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Proof of continued fraction convergence theorem

How does one prove that $$|\alpha - \frac{p_n}{q_n}| < |\alpha - \frac{p_m}{q_m}|$$ for all $n>m$? I know that the left side is less than $\frac{1}{2q_n^2}$ and the right side is less than ...
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Direct proof that for a prime $p$ if $p\equiv 1 \bmod 4$ then $l(\sqrt{p})$ is odd.

Definition: Assume $p$ is a prime. $l(\sqrt{p})=$ length of period in simple continued fraction expansion of $\sqrt{p}$. The standard proof of this uses the following: $p$ is a prime implies $p ...
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Rational aproximations of golden ratio

I read a blogpost that mentions that for golden ratio, the sets of best rational approximations of the first kind and the second kind are the same. Is this true? If so, why? Are there other numbers ...
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PDF describing nth term in continued fraction

For a real number r chosen uniformly at random in the range (0,1), what's the marginal Probability Density Function that describes the nth term in the continued fraction representation of r? What ...
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How to write continued fraction as polynomial?

I have \begin{align} r(x)= 1 + \frac{x}{\frac{1}{2}+\frac{x-1}{-1+\frac{x+1}{1+\frac{x-1}{-1}}}} \end{align} for an interpolation problem, and I need to write $r(x)$ such that nominator and ...
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Evaluating $\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\ldots} } }$

What is the value of the fraction $\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\ldots} } } $? I let $x=\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\ldots} } } $ and hence $x=\frac{2}{3-x} $ which gives $x=1$ or $x=2$. ...
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uniform spanning tree of $2 \times n$ graph

In Probability on Trees and Networks Chapter 1 study the uniform spanning tree on the ladder graph: _ |_| |_| |_| ... |_| |_| The probability the bottom rung ...
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Updated:Sum of entries in continued fraction of $\sqrt d$ and $\sqrt{d}-\lfloor \sqrt{d}\rfloor$ equals (divides) $d$.

(1)I noted as a joke in class, for $\sqrt{13}$ which has continued fraction expansion $[3;\overline{1,1,1,1,6}]$ that $3+1+1+1+1+6=13$. Another eg. $\sqrt{22}=[4;\overline{{1,2,4,2,1,8}}]$, as ...
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functions on a continued fraction expansion

Let $x$ be an irrational number with continued fraction expansion $[a_0;a_1,a_2,\ldots]$. Is there an $x$ and a non-identity function $f$ such that $f(x)=[f(a_0);f(a_1),f(a_2),\ldots]$. Given that I ...
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How long should you descent in Stern-Brocot-Tree to get a fixed approximation guarantee?

I've read in Wikipedia: By stopping once the desired precision is reached, floating-point numbers can be approximated to arbitrary precision. If a real number x is approximated by any rational ...
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Cube root of two continued fraction

I know there is a nice way of getting the continued fraction expansion of quadratic irrationals mainly because they recur after a point, and if they recur after a point they are quadratic irrationals. ...
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Question in fraction (not simple )

I have a question and its answer but I don't know how can i solve $$\frac {37}{13} = 2+ \frac {1}{x+\frac{1}{5+\frac{1}{y}}} $$ the answer $ x =1, y=2$ Could any one explain how to solve this ?? ...