Questions regarding functions defined recursively, such as the Fibonacci sequence.

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Mathematics of the Ice Bucket Challenge

I've been considering the mathematics of the now global ice bucket challenge. Simple model In the simplest incarnation, there is one original seed, who then nominates 3 others, each of which take ...
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Recurrence relations with multiple roots of auxiliary equation

Suppose we have a homogeneous linear recurrence relation of the form $$u_{n+r}+a_1u_{n+r-1}+\dots +a_ru_n=0$$ The auxiliary equation is then $$f(x)=x^r+a_1x^{r-1}+\dots +a_r=0$$ It is well known that ...
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Coefficients in expansion of $(\sqrt[3]{2} - 1)^m$

In trying to solve $a^3 - 2b^3 = 1$ over the integers I came across the need to answer the question: when does $(1+ \sqrt[3]{2} + \sqrt[3]{2}^2)^n$ have no $\sqrt[3]{2}^2$ term in it's expansion (in ...
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Is this a recurrence for the characteristic sequence of composite numbers?

The characteristic sequence of composite numbers is equal to 1 if $n$ is not a prime number and equal to 0 if $n$ is a prime number, starting: $$1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1,...$$ where the ...
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Find the recurrence formula for $\int \frac{dx} {(1+\sin x)^n}$

$$\int \frac{dx} {(1+\sin x)^n}$$ I know that I should use the following step: $$\int\frac{\sin^2(x)\, dx}{(1+\sin x)^n} +\int\frac{\cos^2(x)\, dx} {(1+\sin x)^n} $$ but here I get stuck. I do not ...
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Bounds (and range) of a nonlinear difference equation

I'm interested in the following set of nonlinear difference equations: $$x_{n+1} = \frac{c + x_n}{x_{n-1}},\; x_1 = x_0 = 1 \qquad \textrm{for } c > 0$$ For $c=1$ the sequence is periodic with ...
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An Impossible Sequence of Prime Powers

Let $x_1,x_2,\ldots$ be a sequence of positive integers that satisfies the recurrence relation $$x_{n+1}=2x_n(x_n-1)+1$$ for all positive integers $n$. It seems impossible that every term in this ...
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Minimizing beginning terms of a Fibonacci-like sequence

For $ a, b \in \mathbb{Z}^+ $ such that $ a = b $ or $ 2a < b $, let $ f_{a, b} : \mathbb{Z}^+ \to \mathbb{Z}^+ $ be a sequence that satisfies the following three criteria: $$ f(1) = a, \\ f(2) = ...
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General overview about Recursion (free online texts)

I'm looking for free online texts about recursion. What I'm looking for formal definitions* of "all" (most of) the different types of recursion and from different points of views like Category ...
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Properties of a continued fraction convolution operation

Usually the partial numerators of a continued fraction are all 1s. Has anyone considered the operation where you convolve 1 continued fraction with another, in other words, make a new continued ...
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Asymptotic value of card drawing game

A deck consisting of $r_0$ red cards and $b_0$ black cards is randomly shuffled. The host turns up the cards one at a time; if it is red, you get $\$1$; otherwise you pay the host $\$1$ (and you're ...
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Sum of infinite series defined recursively

Suppose $s$, $t$, and $\delta$ are constants satisfying $0<s<t<1$ and $\delta>1$. An infinite sequence $\{y_k\}_{k=1}^{\infty}$ defined as follows: The initial term, $y_1$, is the ...
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Finding a recurrence relation for a sequence not containing $0$ in the digits. Also showing $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n \dfrac{1}{a_k} < 90$

Let $1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,\ldots$ be the sequence of all positive integers which do not contain the digit zero. Write $\{a_n\}$ for this sequence. By comparing with a geometric series, show that ...
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Right way to solve this reccurence relation?

I am not that good in mathematics , I have solved many simple relations. But I am not be able to solve the following. This is not a homework. I found it during analysis of a program. ...
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number of potential couples

A potential couple is a pair of a man and a woman that like each other (assume that 'like' is a symmetric relation). Given a group of $M$ men and $W$ women, I want to know how many different ...
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Asymptotics for the expected length of the longest streak of heads.

As Introduction to Algorithms (CLRS) describes, the problem is Suppose you flip a fair coin $n$ times. What is the longest streak of consecutive heads that you expect to see? The book claims ...
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Has this difference equation :$x_{n+1}=Ax^2_{n}-Bx^2_{n-1}$ been studied before?

I posted this problem before in MO but only I would like to know if this difference equation :$$x_{n+1}=Ax^2_{n}-Bx^2_{n-1}$$ where $A(\theta)= \cos(\theta)$ and $B(\theta) =\sin(\theta)$ are ...
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About the existence of a regular solution in a chaotic system

Show that for some choice of $x_1\in\mathbb{R}$, the sequence given by: $$ x_{n+1} = n-3^{x_n} $$ satisfies: $$ \lim_{n\to +\infty} x_n= +\infty. $$ I was able to prove the statement by showing ...
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Series expansion for $x_n=x_{n-1}+\log \left(x_{n-1}\right)$

$x_0=2,\ x_n=x_{n-1}+\log \left(x_{n-1}\right)\quad$ has a series expansion about $1.$ Since $x_0=2,$ $(x_0-1)^k=1,$ so the recurrence can be written, up to the first $5$ terms as \begin{align} ...
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What is the explicit formula (solution) to this recursively defined binary matrix?

My question concerns the following binary matrix (call it matrix $A$). Or rather the entire family of such matrices, for some number of columns $n$ and rows $2^n$. The ellipses indicate that the ...
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Solving system of nonlinear difference equations

This is perhaps a trivial question (I’m an economist), but as a non-matematician that might elude me. I have a (two variable) system of nonlinear difference equations (similar to Riccati type ...
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How to solve a non-homogeneous second-order linear difference equation with both a forward and a backward difference?

Quite a long title for this: I'm looking for the general solution of the following difference equation: $$ax_{t+1} -bx_t + x_{t-1} = c + u_t$$ where $a,b,c$ are real constants and $u_t$ is a bounded ...
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Transform recurrence relation

Is it possible to transform following recurrence relation $a_n=4a_{n-2}-a_{n-4}$, $a_0=1$, $a_1=0$, $a_2=3$, $a_3=0$ so that it will have nonnegative coefficients? Number of terms, of course, can be ...
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Conditions of a Monotonic Process?

$f$ is the output of a discrete time process described by $f(k)=\sum_{i=1}^{k-1}w_{ki}f(i)$ where $f(1)\geq0$ is a known initial condition and $w_{ki}\geq0$ are weights of previous states on the ...
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if $(n+1)c_{n}=nc_{n-1}+2nd_{n-1},d_{n}=2c_{n-1}+d_{n-1}$How prove $c_{n},d_{n}$ are integers

let sequences $c_{n},d_{n}$ such $$c_{0}=0,d_{0}=1$$ and for $n\ge 1$,have $$c_{n}=\dfrac{n}{n+1}c_{n-1}+\dfrac{2n}{n+1}d_{n-1}$$ $$d_{n}=2c_{n-1}+d_{n-1}$$ show that $c_{n},d_{n}$ are integers. my ...
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What is this bifurcation?

I have a discrete dynamical System $x_{n+1}=f(x_{n},x_{n-1},x_{n-2},x_{n-3},x_{n-4},\lambda)$ with a paramteter $\lambda>0$, and where all $x_{n}$s are in [0,1]. $f$ is actually a larger ...
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The simplest delay differential equation

I am trying to understand a bit about solutions of delay differential equations, so I tried analyzing one of the most simple ones: $$u'(t)=-\beta u(t-1), \text{and for } t\in [-1,0), u(t)=\phi(t), ...
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Lower Bound on fibonacci-like reccurence relation

Given the following recurrence: $T(n) := T(n-k) + T(n-1),\ n,k \in N$ $T(l) := 1,\ l \in \{0,...,k-1\}$ I need to find a lower bound for $T(n)$. (For $k = 2$, the recurrence is equal to the ...
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A functional recursion problem..do you have any idea?

I have a problem which is related to algebra and polynomials. I would be very grateful if any of you could give a hand to solve it. Here is the problem: Consider the function $f_0(x) =x(1-x)$ and for ...
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Asymptotic behaviour of a two-dimensional recurrence relation

This problem comes out of a research in models of firm growth. The model is simple: A firm has two parameters which are its size (number of employees) and job vacancies. A firm of size $n$ will ...
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Is this a recurrence for the Mertens function plus 2?

If we define a symmetric array: $$T(1,1)=3,\; T(1,2)=2,\; T(2,1)=2$$ $$T(1,k)=\frac{-T(n,k-1)-\sum\limits_{i=2}^{k-1}T(i,k)}{k+1}+T(n,k-1)$$ $$ ...
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Permutation and Combinatorics Problem

A function $G$ is defined on a set $S$ with size $k$ : $G(a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots,a_k)$. $G(a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots,a_k) = 1$ if and only if a convex polygon can be created by taking these $k$ elements as the ...
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Solve the Recurrence relation : $a_n= (a_{n-1})^3a_{n-2}$ , $a_0=1, a_1=3$

$a_n= (a_{n-1})^3a_{n-2}$ , $a_0=1, a_1=3$ I'm ask to get an expression for $a_n$. So i tried to solve with induction: ...
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Asymptotic solutions of a sparsely perturbed recurrence relation

Recurrence relation I am trying to find approximate solutions $T(n)$ of the recurrence relation $$ p\ T(n-1) - \left[p+q+\overline{S} + \varepsilon \tilde{S}(n)\right]T(n) + q\ T(n+1) = 0,\\ ...
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Is this recurrence relation solvable?

Consider the following recurrence relation: \begin{equation} \gamma C_{m,n}+n\alpha C_{n,m}+ \beta \{C_{n+1,m}+ n C_{n-1,m}\}=EC_{n,m} \end{equation} where $\gamma, \alpha$ and $\beta$ are ...
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Solve recurrence relation merge sort

I'd like to know how I can solve a recurrence relation like the one from merge sort. I know how to solve recurrence equations that start with $a(n)=a(n-1)+(n-1)$, but I don't know how to solve ...
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Simplification of recursive polynomials

Suppose I have known polynomials $p_i, i=0\ldots k-1$. I have the following horrific looking recursive equation: ...
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Formula for numbers whose iterated distance from next square has fixed point $2$

Consider a function $R: \mathbb N \to \mathbb N,$ $R(n)$ is the distance to the next square greater or equal to $n$. For example, $R(5)=4$ and $R(16)=0.$ Function $R$ has two fixed points, $0$ and ...
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How to work with a recursive function with 2 recursive instances?

In class, we figured out how to find the closed form of a recursive definition through the "basic 5 steps method". Example function T(n): If n = 1, T(1) = 1 If n > 1, T(n) = T(n-1)+1 Step 1: ...
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How to solve this finite-difference equation?

How to solve the following finite-differences equation: $$f(x) = f(x-1) + f(x-\sqrt{2}), \quad x\in [\sqrt{2}, +\infty) \,?$$ Let's say $f(x) = f_0(x)$ for $x \in [0, \sqrt{2})$ is a given function. ...
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Showing that a number is part of sequence A000275 in OEIS

Consider the sequence of integers defined recursively by $c_0 = 1$ and $$ c_p = \sum_{l = 0}^{p-1} (-1)^{p+l+1} \binom{p}{l}^2 c_l $$ for $p \geq 1$. This is sequence A000275 in the online ...
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About linear recurrence sequences

Let $\{a_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$,$\{b_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$,$\{c_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$ be three complex sequences and satisfy \begin{eqnarray*} &&\sum_{k=0}^2\alpha_ka_{n+k}=0,\\ ...
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How to resolve this equation for $f(n)$ without using $f(n-1)$

I have an equation related to some work I'm doing on Poisson distribution where I'm calculating a sequence of 100 values between a minimum and maximum value which is set by another formula. ...
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Two variable recurrence relations

I'm interested in solving the following type of problem... Starting with a recurrence relation in multiple variables, for example: $$ v_{i-1,j} + v_{i,j+1} + v_{i+1,j} + v_{i,j-1} = 4v_{i,j}$$ with ...
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Properties preserved under the “reversal” of a recurrence equation

Consider the recurrence equation $u_n = f(u_{n-1},\ldots, u_{n-k})\;,$ defined for $n=0,1,2\ldots$. If this is a linear recurrence and the coefficient function on $u_{n-k}$ is nonzero in ...
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Recurrence $x_{k+1} = \sum_{i=1}^m \theta_i x_{k+1-i} + r_{k+1}$ solution

Let $x_k$ be the solution of the recurrence equation $$x_{k+1} = \sum_{i=1}^m \theta_i x_{k+1-i} + r_{k+1}$$ where $(r_k)$ is a general sequence. I'm trying to find a explicit solution for $(x_k)$ ...
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Closed form of $ a_n = 1 - \frac{a_{n-1} a_{n-2}}{4} $

Given the sequence $a_1 = 1$ and $a_2 = 1 $ with: $ a_n = 1 - \frac{a_{n-1} a_{n-2}}{4} $ Does there exist a closed form computing $a_n$ ? At the moment I have a problem getting a grip on the ...
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Is $\sum \frac{n+1}{b_{n+1}}$ irrational, when $b_1=2$ and $b_{k+1}=2^kb_k(b_k-1)+1$, $k\geq 1$?

Let the sequences of positive integers $$a_n=n$$ when $n\geq 1$, and $$b_{n+1}=2^nb_n(b_n-1)+1$$ for $n\geq 1$ taking $b_1=2$. I've computed with previous sequences to assert that satisfy the ...
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Asymptotics of recursion

suppose we have the following two sequences $$\alpha_k = (k-1)\left(1-\frac {1}{1+(k+1)l}\right) \quad , k \geq 2$$ $$\beta_k = (k-1)\left(1+\frac {1}{1+(k-1)l}\right) \quad , k \geq 2$$ where ...
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Solving recursions with max

The question is general, but I'll first give a simple example. Suppose you have a candy machine with $N$ candies. The machine is weird, when you give it a quarter it gives you $1$ to $N$ candies (all ...