Questions about the properties of functions of the form $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_n x^n$, where the $a_n$ are real or complex numbers, and $x$ is real or complex (or more generally an element of a Banach algebra).

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Can a Power Series tell when to stop?

The naive description of the radius of convergence of a complex power series is as the largest radius so that the ball avoids poles and branch cuts. This makes sense in a world where analytic ...
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$\pi$ base $e$ or $\pi=\sum\limits_{n=-1}^{\infty} a_ne^{-n}$ where $a_n\in\{0,1,-1\}$

I was "playing with $\pi$" trying to look at it in different numeral systems and it's not so hard to obtain $\pi$ base $2$ or $3$ or even $\varphi=\frac{\sqrt{5}+1}{2}$, using Maclaurin series of $\...
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Evaluating sums and integrals using Taylor's Theorem

Taylor's theorem states that $$f(x)-\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{f^{(k)}(a)}{k!}(x-a)^k = \int_a^x \frac{f^{(n+1)} (t)}{n!} (x - t)^n \, dt $$ We can use this to evaluate integrals. For example, consider $f(x)=...
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Help with the following summation when $x^{37}=1,x\neq 1$

I want to find the following summation $\text{Let }x^{37} = 1 \text{ and } x \neq 1,$ $\\ \text{Find the summation of }$ $$\frac{1}{(1+x+x^2+x^3)^3}+\frac{2}{(1+x^2+x^4+x^6)^3}+...+\frac{36}{(1+x^{...
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Certain symmetrized product of cosines - can it be transformed into more manageable form

I am interested in the following expression: $$ F_{k_1,\ldots,k_n}(t):=\sum_{\sigma\in S_n}\cos(\sigma(1)k_1t)\cos(\sigma(2)k_2t)\cdots\cos(\sigma(n)k_nt) $$ where $k_1, \ldots, k_n$ are natural ...
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A closed form for the following Series

I was computing some calculations, when I got stuck about a possible closed form for this series: $$S = \sum_{k = 2}^{N}\ \frac{k!}{k^k - k!}$$ I proved by hands that it's absolutely convergent by ...
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Generating Function for Associated Stirling Numbers $b(n,k)$

I am trying to identify or find the ordinary generating function (not the exponential generating function) for the Associated Stirling numbers of the Second kind, denoted $$b(1;n,k)=b(n,k)$$ These ...
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How Ramanujan find this formula

I have seen this formula from Ramanujan $\sum_n \frac{a^{n+1}-b^{n+1}}{a-b}\frac{c^{n+1}-d^{n+1}}{c-d}T^n=\frac{1-abcdT^2}{(1-abT)(1-acT)(1-bcT)(1-bdT)}$. I know how to prove it via geometric ...
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“Natural” interpolation between partial sums of a power series

Suppose $f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty a_n z^n$ has a radius of convergence of $R$. Let the $N$-th partial sum be $f_N (z)=\sum_{n=0}^N a_n z^n$. What smooth (analytic) function interpolates between $f_N(z)$....
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Geometry of the zeros of a power series.

This is probably a basic question that is easily googlable, but it seems that I dont have the right keywords. So my question is, having some power series $$ f(z)=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}C_{k}z^{k}, z\in\...
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Simple example of approximating a nonlinear system with Volterra series

I'm trying to understand Volterra series as a means of modelling/approximating nonlinear input-output relations. I'm having trouble to understand the abstract definitions of kernels/functionals and ...
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Formula for composition of formal power series with binomial coefficient

Let $f=\sum\limits_{n\geq 0}{f_n x^n}$ and $g=\sum\limits_{n\geq 1}{g_n x^n}$ be formal power series. The $x^n$ coefficient of $f(g)$ is $$ \sum\limits_{\mathbb{i} \in \mathcal{C}_{n}} {f_k \,g_{i_1}\...
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Why is $a_{n}(x,y)=a_{n}(y)$?

This particular question is connected (with a slight variation in the definition of $g$) to an earlier question. The link is here. The specifics are: Given that $u(x,y)$ is the solution of a PDE ($x$ ...
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About $\prod{\left(1-q^n\right)^{5}}$

Is there a result about the non-vanishing of coefficients of $$\prod_{n=1}^{+\infty}{\left(1-q^n\right)^{5}}=1-5q+5q^2+10q^3-15q^4-6q^5-5q^6+25q^7+15q^8-20q^9+\cdots \text{ ?}$$ Thanks !
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“Evaluation Homomorphisms” for Formal Power Series

In the ring of formal power series $\Bbb R[[x]]$ it is easy to check by induction that $$ 1 = (1-x)(1 + x + x^2 + \cdots). $$ Does this derivation imply the same identity for those real or complex ...
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Is there a reasonably simple, non-recursive formula for this sequence?

I have been curious about the following sequence of rational numbers for some time. I identified the numerator and denominators on the Online Encyclopedia of Integer sequences, but there was not much ...
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Asymptotic Expansion for an Integral

So I have $$\psi(x)=\int_{2\lambda}^x \frac{(e\lambda)^{z}}{z^{z+1/2}} dz$$ I'm trying to find the asymptotic expansion of $\psi(x)$ as $x \to \infty$ for as many orders as possible. How would I go ...
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Integral of combination of power, exponential, and confluent hypergeometric function

I am trying to solve a couple integrals of the form: \begin{equation} \int_{0}^{\infty} x \, e^{-a(gx-b)^{2}}\,e^{-\beta_{1}x}\, {_{1}}F_{1}(-\alpha_{1};-\alpha_{3};\beta_{3} x) \ \mathrm{d}x \end{...
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How to compute this series?

I am stuck in computing this series (i.e, finding a closed-form formula): $$ \sum_{i=0}^k \binom{k}{i} \frac{2r^{i+1}(1-r)^{k-i+1}p^{k-i}v^i s^k}{(1-r)p^{k-i}s^i + r v^i s^{k-i}}, $$ where $r$, $p$, $...
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Questionable Convergence of a Series

The summation is: $$ S = \sum_{k \geq 0} f(k) \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \sqrt{1-(1- \frac{f(k+1)^2}{f(k)^2})\sin^2(\theta)}d\theta $$ Now, we know that $f(k+1) < f(k)$ and as $k$ approaches infinity, $f(...
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How to solve this equation in $ \mathbb{C} $?

From a small simple calculation , we get the following formulas: $ \begin{cases} e^x = \Big( \displaystyle \sum_{n \geq 0} \frac{x^{3n}}{(3n)!} \Big) + \Big( \displaystyle \sum_{n \geq 0} \frac{x^{3n+...
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Is there a formula for $\sum_{n=0}^{+\infty} q^{n^3}$?

When I studyied the representation of integers as sum of squares, I found that the most powerful tool is the Jacobi Triple Product, in fact this amazing identity allows us to find more useful ...
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Calculate $1^1 + 2^2 + 3^3 + … + n^n$

Is there a formula to calculate $1^1 + 2^2 + 3^3 + ... + n^n$ I searched but didn't find a formula for increasing powers
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Is there an algebraic description of the ring of analytic functions on the real projective line?

Apologies for the long question. Let $X=\mathbf P^1(\mathbf R) \subseteq \mathbf P^1(\mathbf C)$ be the real projective line. Let $\mathcal O_X$ be the sheaf of real-analytic complex-valued functions ...
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Question about Big O notation for asymptotic behavior in convergent power series

Examples of such use of Big O notation can be found for instance on Wolfram Alpha here. More details on the Wikipedia page. The idea, as I understand it, is that the term between parenthesis in Big O ...
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Using formal power series to solve nasty equations

Consider a function $f:[0,\infty)\times \mathbb R\to\mathbb R$, and suppose that given some $a>0$, I would like to solve for $x\in\mathbb R$ satisfying \begin{align} f(\delta, x) = a. \end{align} ...
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Maclaurin's Series of Quotients and Products

As we all (should) know, the Maclaurin series is a special case of the Taylor series when the Taylor series is centered around 0. This is the canonical definition of the Maclaurin series: $$ f(x) = \...
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Function composition and Bell polynomials

Suppose that we have the Taylor expansions : $$f(x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{a_{n}}{n!}x^{n}$$ $$g(x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{b_{n}}{n!}x^{n}$$ Then we have the standard result : $$g(f(x))=\sum_{n=1}^...
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Transformation of a Taylor series: “doubling” the derivative order

Suppose a function $f(z)$ has a convergent Taylor expansion: $$f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} c_n \frac{z^n}{n!}$$ Are there general tools to compute $$g(z) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} c_{2n} \frac{z^n}{n!}=\...
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How is Lagrange's inversion theorem derived?

I am interested in the complex-analysis version of deriving Lagrange's inversion theorem: If $y=f(x)$ with $f(a)=b$ and $f'(a)\neq 0$, then $$x(y)=a+\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \left(\lim_{x\to a}\...
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What is known about the transformation of a power series in which $z^n$ is replaced with $z^{n^2}$?

Say we have the function $$G(z) = \sum_{n \geq 0} g_n z^n.$$ Is there a name for the transform T defined so that $$(T(G))(z) = \sum_{n \geq 0} g_n z^{n^2}?$$ Is there anything known about this ...
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Question on possible Bilinearity of the Action of a Linear Functional on a Polynomial

I have been self studying the classical Umbral Calculus and have been reading works and papers from Rota and Roman on the material and I have a question regarding the following. The text uses $$\...
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On a family of polynomials related to the expansion of $(1+\epsilon)^{x/\epsilon}$ as a series in $\epsilon$

Consider the sequence of polynomials $(P_n)_{n\geqslant0}$ uniquely defined by the recursion $$(P_n)'=\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\frac{P_k}{n-k+1},$$ valid for every $n\geqslant0$, with the initial conditions $...
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Taylor series Lagrange Remainder explanation

So, given a Taylor series: $$f(x)=f(x_0)+f'(x_0)(x-x_0)+f''(x_0)\frac{(x-x_0)^2}{2!}+\cdot\cdot\cdot+f^{(n)}(x_0)\frac{(x-x_0)^n}{n!}+R_n$$ The error $R_n$ is given by: $$R_n=\frac{f^{(n+1)}(\xi)}{(n+...
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“Logarithmic derivative of a p-adic number”

Coleman, in "Division Values in Local Fields", (Inventiones math. 53, 91 - 116 (1979)), says that In his work on cyclotomic fields Kummer observed that various formal operations on power series ...
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Problem: differential equation

Hi I try solve the following problem of differential equation $$ x''+tx'+\frac{1}{1+t+t^2}x=0\tag 1$$ when $$x(1)=0\ \ \ ;\ \ \ x'(1)=1 $$ is the solution analytic in $t_0=1$ and his convergence ...
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Geometric series with polynomial exponent

I came accross this series: $\sum_{i=p}^{n}{e^{-i(d+i)}}$ with $d \in \mathbb{R}^+$ This looks like a geometric series but it is not. How do I compute its limit when $n \rightarrow +\infty$ ? Which ...
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How to find the power series of the inverse of a function?

Question: I wish to find the inverse of the following function: $f(x)=\frac{1}{2}\left(\arctan(x) + \ln\left(\sqrt{\frac{1+x}{1-x}}\right)\right)$ This is the equation for a radial null geodesic in a ...
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How to show that two probability generating functions are equal?

From Grimmett's Probability and Random Processes: Let $G_a(s) := \sum_0^\infty a_is^i$ where $a = \{a_i : i \geq 0\}$ is a real sequence. Uniqueness. If $G_a(s) = G_b(s)$ for $|s| < R'$ ...
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Does convergence of power series on radius of convergence imply absolute convergence?

Let $R$ be radius of convergence of power seires $\displaystyle\sum_{k}a_kz^k$. If the power series converges for all $|z|=R$, can we say that it converges absolutely on the radius of convergence? I ...
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Does a better form exists for the coefficients of this product of power series?

Let $$f(a,b,t) = \sqrt{1-at}\sqrt{1-bt}$$ We take the series for $\sqrt{1-at}$ and $\sqrt{1-bt}$ around $t = 0$ and multiply them together to find $$f(a,b,t) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{t^n}{4^n}\...
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Does having a real valued cauchy sequence on a function in a compact space imply the function is continous on that space?

I had to prove for a homework assignment this function $$ s_n(x) = \sum_{i=0}^n (-1)^i \frac{ x^{2i+1}}{(2i+1)!} $$ is a Cauchy sequence with respect to the sup norm for $$ s_n : [-M,M] \...
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Power Series : Interval of Convergence

Find the interval $I$ and radius of convergence $R$ for the given power series. $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac {5^n}{n}x^{n}$$ What I got was that I used the limit as it goes to infinity I ended up with $...
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Function Looks Poisson-Like: But What's the Parameter $\lambda$?

(On pause) I have $$f\left(x\right)=-x\left( x\sqrt{4-x^2}-4\arccos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right) \right)\arccos\left(\frac{x^2+d^2-1}{2dx}\right)$$ which looks a bit like the continuous version of ...
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Is there a way to exploit local redundancy in a function to speed up Monte Carlo integration?

In every Monte Carlo method I've ever seen, $f$ must be recomputed from scratch for each point that is (somehow randomly) selected to contribute to the overall integral. However, most functions have ...
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Second order differential equation, power series method

Solve the differential equation $$(x+2)y''-xy'+(1-x^2)y=0 ; \quad X_0=1$$ using the power series method about the point $x_0=1$. I get to this step after deriving the derivatives of the $\sum_0^...
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How to find the Maclaurin series for the integral of $e^{x^2}$?

I am trying to find the Maclaurin series for the integral of $e^{x^2}$? What I done so far is that the Maclaurin series for $e^{x^2}$ is $$e^{x^2}=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{x^{2n}}{n!}$$ So would ...
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Find a series solution to $(x^2-2)y''+6xy'+4y=0$.

Find a series solution to $(x^2-2)y''+6xy'+4y=0$. A. Find the recurrence relation to $a_n$: My answer is $a_{n+2}=a_n\cdot \frac{n+4}{2(n+2)}$ which is correct. B. Using A, write two independent ...
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Intuitive explanation of proof of Abel's limit theorem

Assume the series $$f(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_n x^n$$ converges for $-r<x<r$. Abel's theorem says that if the series also converges at $x=r$ then $\lim_{x\to r-} f(x)$ exists and we have $$\lim_{...
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Proof on why $0-1+2-3+4-\ldots\neq-1/4$

When reviewing my notes on series' convergence, I thought of applying a workaround on why $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}(-1)^nn$ should or shouldn't be $-1/4$ (I recalled this page). I started by considering ...