# Tagged Questions

Questions on fractals, irregular-looking mathematical objects that display the property of self-similarity.

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### Why does the Mandelbrot set contain (slightly deformed) copies of itself?

The Mandelbrot set is the set of points of the complex plane whos orbits do not diverge. An point $c$'s orbit is defined as the sequence $z_0 = c$, $z_{n+1} = z_n^2 + c$. The shape of this set is ...
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### Why does the Hilbert curve fill the whole square?

I have never seen a formal definition of the Hilbert curve, much less a careful analysis of why it fills the whole square. The Wikipedia and Mathworld articles are typically handwavy. I suppose the ...
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### Mandelbrot fractal: How is it possible?

I'm a programmer and have recently played around a bit with rendering Mandelbrot fractals / zooming into them. What I can't grasp: How can such infinite, complex shapes come out of somewhat 10 lines ...
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### Calculate moment of inertia of Koch snowflake

That's just a fun question. Please, be creative. Suppose having a Koch snowflake. The area inside this curve is having the total mass $M$ and the length of the first iteration is $L$ (a simple ...
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### Regular open set whose boundary has nonzero volume.

I found this question quite interesting, but its answers were disappointingly non-geometric. I'd be interested to know whether there exists a geometric example. To be precise about what I mean by a ...
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### How do we solve $c_1^d+\ldots+c_n^d=1$ for $d$?

The question is motivated by the definition of self-similarity dimension for self-similar sets: Let $M \subset \mathbb R^d$ be self-similar. That is, there are $T_1, \ldots, T_m \subsetneqq M$ and ...
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### Fractal behavior along the boundary of convergence?

The complex power series $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{z^{n^2}}{n^2}$$ has radius $1$ (Ratio Test) and is absolutely convergent along $|z|=1$. Recalling something that my calculus professor (Ray Mayer, ...
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### What is this pattern found in the first occurrence of each $k \in \{0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9\}$ in the values of $f(n)=\sqrt{n}-\lfloor \sqrt{n} \rfloor$?

Learning how to generate the Mandelbrot set, I came across the definition of the "escape condition" which is the one that decides the color that is applied to each point of the plane where the ...
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### Do Integrals over Fractals Exist?

Given, for example, a line integral like $$\int_\gamma f \; ds$$ with $f$ not further defined, yet. What happens, if the contour $\gamma$ happens to be a fractal curve? Since all fractal ...
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### Mandelbrot-like sets for functions other than $f(z)=z^2+c$?

Are there any well-studied analogs to the Mandelbrot set using functions other than $f(z)= z^2+c$ in $\mathbb{C}$?
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### Odd and even numbers in Pascal's triangle-Sierpinski's triangle

Moderator Note: At the time that this question was posted, it was from an ongoing contest. The relevant deadline has now passed. I recently learned that when the Pascal's triangle is reduced to ...
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### Continuous coloring of a Mandelbrot fractal

I've recently started making a small fractal app in Javascript using the famous Mandelbrot bulb $(z = z^2 + c)$. I've been trying to find the best method of coloring the points on the complex plane, ...
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### Dimension of a Two-Scale Cantor Set

I have a Cantor Set where I begin with a unit interval $[0,1]$. I will remove a middle piece, and the remaining pieces are scaled by $r_1 = \frac{1}{9}, r_2 = \frac{3}{9}$ I am trying to determine ...
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### This one wierd trick integrates fractals. But does it deliver the correct results?

It occurs to me that people most likely already know how to explicitly integrate over fractals, but my method (edit: seems to have been highlighted out in a paper, see comments) seems to vastly ...
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### We know the dimension of the Koch snowflake's perimeter, but does it have a measure?

I start with an equilateral triangle with side perimeter three meters. I can define a Koch snowflake by the following sequence of figures. Starting with that triangle, produce the next figure by ...
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### Can a fractal be a manifold? if so: will its boundary (if exists) be strictly one dimension lower?

So it is weekend! and I am reading a nice book, "The Poincaré conjecture", written by a mathematician (Donal O'Shea, topologist). The book introduces step by step basic concepts of Topology, and talks ...
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### Integral of a function over the Koch Curve. Is it rigourous enough?

(I want to investigate the validity of this approach, as I already know this is the correct result) I present a proof that $$\int_{K} (x+y) \ \mu(x,y)={{9+\sqrt 3} \over 18}$$ Where the region of ...
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### Discuss the convergence of $\left \{ a_n \right\}$ where $a_{n+1}=\frac{a_0}{2}+\frac{a_n^2}{2},n\geq 1$

Let $$a_{n+1} = \dfrac{a_0}{2} + \dfrac{a_n^2}{2}$$ where $a_1 = \dfrac{a_0}{2}$ and $n\geq 1$ Discuss the convergence of $\left\{a_n\right\}$
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### Why is the Koch curve homeomorphic to $[0,1]$?

Henning Makholm has provided a nice proof that the limiting curve is a continuous function from $[0,1]$ to the plane. I was curios if the function is homeomorphism. A quick search gave me many sources ...
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### variant on Sierpinski carpet: rescue the tablecloth!

I was playing around with Sierpinski carpets (see pretty GPU-produced picture here), and came up with a variation that I have been unable to find mentioned elsewhere. I'm wondering if anyone can tell ...
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### Mandelbrot boundary

Is there a sequence of parameterized expressions for the border of all the major bulbs of the mandelbrot set? By major meaning all bulbs with diameter greater than 0.01 for example. I am interested ...
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### Does the Mandelbrot fractal contain countably or uncountably many copies of itself?

I've been working on a program that draws fractal images, and I was struck by a question that came to mind. It is clear that the Mandelbrot fractal contains infinitely many copies of itself, but I've ...
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### Given a Pattern, find the fractal

Is it possible, given a pattern or image, to calculate the equation of the fractal for that given pattern? For example, many plants express definite fractal patterns in their growth. Is there a ...
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### Could this odd insight help explain part of the difficulty in proving the Collatz Conjecture?

Background: Here's a crash course on the Collatz Conjecture. Basically, you take a number and if it is even you divide it by two. If a number is odd, you multiply it by three and then add one. You ...
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### Self-similar fractal dimension of unsymmetrial fractal

As far as I know, the following fractal has a self-similar fractal dimension of $D = -\log(3) / \log(1/2) = 1.5850$ But what is the fractal dimension of the following fractal (4 times the fractal ...
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### How to figure out the starting point for this Mandelbrot?

My answer for another math stackexchange question, asked by Gottfried, involved observing Mandelbrot bifurcation for the iterated function in question, $f(z)\mapsto z-\log_b(z)$. In particular, for ...
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### Is there a simplification for the coefficients generated with the Mandelbrot iteration rule?

The Mandelbrot Set is obtained using the equation $z_n=z_{n-1}^2+c$ for some constant $c \in \mathbb{C}$ with $z_0=0$. Therefore, $z_1=c$, $z_2=c^2+c$, $z_3=c^4+2c^3+c^2+c$, etc. I have a function ...
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### What is the algorithm hiding beneath the complexity in this paper?

So, I am a computer scientist (at least, I'm working to become one..) and I asked a question on here concerning some mathematics behind the Mandelbrot set. A reply I recieved pointed me to this paper. ...
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### Sets of Constant Irrationality Measure

Let $\mu (r)>2$ be the irrationality measure of a transcendental number $r$, and consider the following set of points $P \in\mathbb{R}$: $P=\{r\in \mathbb{R}: \mu(r)=Constant\}$ Is this set a ...
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### Are mini-Mandelbrots known to be found in any fractals other than the Mandelbrot set itself?

This is a generalization of the question Are there mini-mandelbrots inside the julia set? @Hagen raises an issue I was afraid of, which is that even the mini-Mandelbrots in the Mandelbrot set are not ...
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### What is known about nice automorphisms of the Mandelbrot set?

It is often stated that fractals, such as the Mandelbrot set M, are self-similar, although I've never heard of any functions to formally model this perspective. I'm curious to learn about any ...
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### Can monsters of real analysis be tamed in this way?

Consider the Weierstrass Function (somewhat generalized for arbitrary wavelengths $\,\lambda > 0$ ): $$W(x) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\sin\left(n^2\,2\pi/\lambda\,x\right)}{n^2}$$ $W(x)$ is an ...
Background: The Euclidean distance between two points in $n$ dimensions, where $n$ is a positive integer, and position can be described by a vector is given by... D_E=\left(\sum_{k=1}^n \left((x_k)^...