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

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Family of GCDs all equal to $2$

Is it true that $$\gcd\left(5^{2^n} + 1, 13^{2^n} + 1\right) = 2$$ for all $n \in \mathbf{Z}_{\geq 0}$? I'm continually stumped with this and verifying it numerically is quite expensive very ...
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Repertoire Method Clarification Required ( Concrete Mathematics )

In the book Concrete Mathematics, chapter 2, section 2.2 -- sums and recurrences, page 26 (2nd edition), the authors talk about the following example: Given the general recurrence $$ R(0) = \alpha ...
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A series: $1-\frac{1}{2}-\frac{1}{3}-\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}-\frac{1}{6}+\frac{1}{7}+\cdots$

Denote $$b_1=1,b_{n}=b_{n-1}-\dfrac{S(b_{n-1})}{n},(n>1 )\tag1$$ where $S(x)=1$ if $x>0,S(x)=-1$ if $x<0$, and $S(0)=0.$ So ...
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How to find a “better description” (e.g. recurrence relation) for this sequence?

My solution to a problem in Project Euler required to solve this subproblem: find values of $k\in\mathrm{N}$ such that $3k^2+4$ is a perfect square. As I was writing a computer program, I just tried ...
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I have a problem understanding the proof of Rencontres numbers (Derangements)

I understand the whole concept of Rencontres numbers but I can't understand how to prove this equation $$D_{n,0}=\left[\frac{n!}{e}\right]$$ where $[\cdot]$ denotes the rounding function (i.e., ...
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Exponential growth of cow populations in Minecraft

Minecraft is a computer game where you can do many things including farm cows. When fed wheat, cows in Minecraft breed with each other in pairs and produce one baby per pair. After about 20 minutes ...
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How to deduce a closed formula given an equivalent recursive one?

I know how to prove that a closed formula is equivalent to a recursive one with induction, but what about ways of deducing the closed form initially? For example: $$ f(n) = 2 f(n-1) + 1 $$ I know ...
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Stirling number of the first kind: Proof of Recursion formula

I want to prove this recursion formula for Stirling numbers of the first kind: $$s_{n+1,k+1} = \sum_{i=k}^{n} \binom{i}{k} s_{n,i}$$ But I lack a useful idea. Perhaps someone could inspire me? ...
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Convergence of sequence: $f(n+1) = f(n) + \frac{f(n)^2}{n(n+1)}$

I am trying to work out a problem on some old analysis qual exam, and managed to reduce it to this question, but I can't seem to figure out this final step: Consider the sequence defined by the ...
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Difficult Recurrence

I am trying to solve a Sangaku problem. The blue circles have radii one. The goal is to find the total area of all the other circles (the three sequences of circles repeat ad infinitum). I have ...
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Why is solving non-linear recurrence relations “hopeless”?

I came across a non-linear recurrence relation I want to solve, and most of the places I look for help will say things like "it's hopeless to solve non-linear recurrence relations in general." Is ...
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Linear homogeneous recurrence relations with repeated roots; motivation behind looking for solutions of the form $nx^n$?

If we have a linear homogeneous recurrence relation, such as $t_{k+1}=4t_k-4t_{k-1}$, and attempt to find solutions of the form $t_n=x^n$ for some $x \in \mathbb{R} \setminus \{0\}$, we obtain the ...
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Interesting properties of Fibonacci-like sequences?

Everyone is familiar with the Fibonacci Sequence, [0] 1 1 2 3 5 8 ... and many of it's interesting properties. For example, as the sequence continues, the ratio of ...
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Find asymptotic of recurrence sequence

Given a sequence $x_1=\frac{1}{2}$, $x_{n+1}=x_n-x_n^2$. It's easy to see that it limits to $0$. The question is: is there exists an $\alpha$ such, that $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}n^\alpha x_n\neq0$. ...
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How many permutations of a multiset have a run of length k?

Background $\newcommand\ms[1]{\mathsf #1}\def\msP{\ms P}\def\msS{\ms S}\def\mfS{\mathfrak S}$Suppose I have $n$ marbles of $c$ colors, where $c≤n$. Let $n_i$ denote the number of marbles of color ...
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Closed form for $a_{n+1} = (a_n)^2+\frac{1}{4}$

I've been given the following sequence: \begin{align*} &a_0 = 0; \\ &a_{n+1} = (a_n)^2+\frac{1}{4}. \end{align*} I also have to prove that whatever I come up with is correct, but that will ...
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Solving randomized recurrence relation

I'm looking at the random sequence $x_n$ with $x_0=x_1=1$ and \begin{equation} x_{n+1}=2x_n\pm x_{n-1} \end{equation} where we choose the $\pm$ sign independently with equal probability. Now ...
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Is the sequence defined by the recurrence $a_{n+2}=\frac{1}{a_{n+1}}+\frac{1}{a_n}$ convergent?

Let $a_0=1$, $a_1=1$ and $a_{n+2}=\frac1{a_{n+1}}+\frac1{a_n}$ for every natural number $n$. How can I prove that this sequence is convergent? I know that if it's convergent, it converges to ...
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Does equation $f(g(x))=a f(x)$ have a solution?

Suppose $g: [0,1] \to [0,1]$ is a strictly increasing, continuously differentiable function with $g(0)=0$ and $g(1) < 1$, and $a \in (0,1)$. Is there a function $f:[0,1] \to \mathbb{R}$ such that ...
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How to solve non-linear recurrence relation in general?

For linear recurrence, we can use generating function. So is there a general technique to solve non-linear recurrence or it depends on a specific sequence? For example, $$a_{n+1} = \dfrac{a_n(a_n - ...
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Using Dyson's conjecture to give another proof of Dixon's identity.

For natural numbers $a_1,\dots,a_n$, Freeman Dyson conjectured (and it was eventually proven) that the Laurent polynomial $$ \prod_{i,j=1\atop i\neq j}^n\left(1-\frac{x_i}{x_j}\right)^{a_i} $$ has ...
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Solve $A_n=A_{n-1}+\lfloor \sqrt{A_{n-1}}\rfloor$

I am trying to solve the recurrence: $A_0=1$ $A_n=A_{n-1}+\lfloor \sqrt{A_{n-1}}\rfloor,\text{ for } n > 0$ Its obvious that $A_n=m^2 \implies A_{n+1}=m^2+m$ however my book's solution states ...
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Proof of Convergence: Babylonian Method $x_{n+1}=\frac{1}{2}(x_n + \frac{a}{x_n})$

a) Let $a>0$ and the sequence $x_n$ fulfills $x_1>0$ and $x_{n+1}=\frac{1}{2}(x_n + \frac{a}{x_n})$ for $n \in \mathbb N$. Show that $x_n \rightarrow \sqrt a$ when $n\rightarrow \infty$. I have ...
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Proof that if $a_1=1$ and $a_{n+1}=1+\frac{1}{1+a_n}$

Question: Proof that if $$a_n=\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} a_1=1\\ a_{n+1}=1+\frac{1}{1+a_n} \end{array} \right.$$ then $a_n$ converge, and then find $\lim_{n \to \infty}a_n$. I found ...
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Solving the recurrence relation $A_n=n!+\sum_{i=1}^n{n\choose i}A_{n-i}$

I am attempting to solve the recurrence relation $A_n=n!+\sum_{i=1}^n{n\choose i}A_{n-i}$ with the initial condition $A_0=1$. By "solving" I mean finding an efficient way of computing $A_n$ for ...
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Show that $2^n(\cos^n(\frac{2\pi}{9})+\cos^n(\frac{4\pi}{9})+\cos^n(\frac{8\pi}{9}))\in\mathbb{Z}$

$a_n=2^n\left[\cos^n\left(\dfrac{2\pi}{9}\right)+\cos^n\left(\dfrac{4\pi}{9}\right)+\cos^n\left(\dfrac{8\pi}{9}\right)\right]$. Show that $a_n\in\mathbb{Z}$ for all $n\in\mathbb{Z}$. Find the last ...
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Prove that this particular sequence contains an infinite number of sixes

Given the sequence $$2,7,1,4,7,4,2,8,\ldots$$ which begins with $2, 7$ and is constructed by multiplying successive pairs of its members and adjoining the results as the next one or two members of ...
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What is the solution to the following recurrence relation with square root: $T(n)=T (\sqrt{n}) + 1$?

This looks like a question asked earlier, but it isn't. $$T(n)=\begin{cases} T (\sqrt{n}) + 1 \quad & \text{ if } n>1 \\ 1 & \text{ if }n=1\end{cases}$$ My professor gave this to me in ...
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Obtaining binomial coefficients without “counting subsets” argument

I want to obtain the formula for binomial coefficients in the following way: elementary ring theory shows that $(X+1)^n\in\mathbb Z[X]$ is a degree $n$ polynomial, for all $n\geq0$, so we can write ...
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Recurrence for the partition numbers

I'm reading Analytic Combinatorics [PDF] book by Flajolet and Sedgewick, and I can't figure out one of the steps in the derivation of the $P_n$ — number of partitions of size $n$ (or coefficients in ...
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Prove the series has positive integer coefficients

How can I show that the Maclaurin series for $$ \mu(x) = (x^4+12x^3+14x^2-12x+1)^{-1/4} \\ = 1+3\,x+19\,{x}^{2}+147\,{x}^{3}+1251\,{x}^{4}+11193\,{x}^{5}+103279\, ...
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Proving that $a_n$ is an integer for every $n$

For every $k\ge1$ integer number if we define the sequence : $a_1,a_2,a_3,...,$ in the form of :$$a_1=2$$ $$a_{n+1}=ka_n+\sqrt{(k^2-1)(a^2_n-4)}$$ For every $n=1,2,3,....$ how to prove that $a_n$ is ...
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A polynomial sequence

I have a sequence of polynomials $Q_k(x, y)$, $k\geq 1$ defined recursively as follows: $Q_1=x$. There is a sequence of polynomials $p_j(y)$ of degree $j$ such that $Q_{2m}$ is of the form ...
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What is a good asymptotic for $f_n = f_{n-1}+\ln(f_{n-1})$?

Let $f_0=2$ and $f_n=f_{n-1}+\ln(f_{n-1})$. What is a good asymptotic to the sequence $f_n$? With good I mean much better than $f_n \sim \dfrac{3n \ln(2)\ln(n)}{2}$.
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Möbius function from random number sequence

Consider some arbitrary number sequence like the decimal expansion of $\pi$ = {3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9, 2}. Prepend the sequence with the number $1$ so that you get {1, 3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9, 2}. Then plug it ...
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Help with a recurrence with even and odd terms [duplicate]

I have the following recurrence that I've been pounding on: $$ a(0)=1\\ a(1)=1\\ a(2)=2\\ a(2n)=a(n)+a(n+1)+n\ \ \ (\forall n>1)\\ a(2n+1)=a(n)+a(n-1)+1\ \ \ (\forall n\ge 1) $$ I don't have much ...
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How does one prove that $\zeta(3)$ is irrational?

How does one prove that $\zeta(3)$ is irrational ? I would like to know how Apery did it. In particular how a recursion gives rise to irrationality !?
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Does this functional equation have a non-trivial closed form solution?

$$P(c \cdot x) = \cos(x) P(x)$$ For $c=2$, $P(x) = \sin(x)/x$ is a solution to this. I don't know if there's a closed-form solution for $c \ne 2$. Rather than add my own attempt at solution, which ...
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The integer $c_n$ in $(1+4\sqrt[3]2-4\sqrt[3]4)^n=a_n+b_n\sqrt[3]2+c_n\sqrt[3]4$

For non-negative integer $n$, write $$(1+4\sqrt[3]2-4\sqrt[3]4)^n=a_n+b_n\sqrt[3]2+c_n\sqrt[3]4$$ where $a_n,b_n,c_n$ are integers. For any non-negative integer $m$, prove or disprove ...
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Recurrence equation similar to a geometric progression

I have the following recurrence relation: $$T(i) = \sqrt{T(i-1) \left(T(i+1) + k\right)},$$ with $k \geq 0$, a fixed constant. I know that when $k=0$, we have: $$T(i) = \sqrt{T(i-1) T(i+1)},$$ which ...
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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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How to find the closed form formula for this recurrence relation

$ x_{0} = 5 $ $ x_{n} = 2x_{n-1} + 9(5^{n-1})$ I have computed: $x_{0} = 5, x_{1} = 19, x_{2} = 83, x_{3} = 391, x_{4} = 1907$, but cannot see any pattern for the general $n^{th}$ term.
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Solving a Recurrence Relation/Equation, is there more than 1 way to solve this?

1) Solve the recurrence relation $$T(n)=\begin{cases} 2T(n-1)+1,&\text{if }n>1\\ 1,&\text{if }n=1\;. \end{cases}$$ 2) Name a problem that also has such a recurrence relation. The ...
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Solving recurrence relations that involve all previous terms

I'm not sure if this a proper recurance relation per se but I'd be interested in the methodology in solving a recurrence relation of the following form: $Z_0 = 1$ $Z_1 = x_1$ $Z_2 = x_1Z_1 + x_2 = ...
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Reduction formula for $I_{n}=\int {\cos{nx} \over \cos{x}}\rm{d}x$

What would be a simple method to compute a reduction formula for the following? $\displaystyle I_{n}=\int {\cos{nx} \over \cos{x}} \rm{d}x~$ where $n$ is a positive integer I understand that it ...
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Closed form for a non-linear recurrence

Does equation $a_n=\sqrt{a_{n-1}+6}$ with $a_1=6$ have a closed form? I've found no linearization method. Any suggestion or hint will be highly appreciated.
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Proof of clockwise towers of Hanoi variant recursive solution

This is from one of the exercises in "Concrete Mathematics", and is something I'm doing privately, not homework. This is a variant on the classic towers of Hanoi, where all moves must be made ...
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Does $a_0=0, a_1=1, a_{n+2}=2a_{n+1}-3a_n$ ever return to 1 or -1 for $n>3$?

The sequence in question is the Lucas or Generalized Fibonacci sequence A088137. It's easy to write down its generating function $\frac{x}{1-2x+3x^2}$ and an explicit formula $a_n = ...
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Repertoire method for solving recursions

I am trying to solve this four parameter recurrence from exercise 1.16 in Concrete Mathematics: \[ g(1)=\alpha \] \[ g(2n+j)=3g(n)+\gamma n+\beta_j \] \[ \mbox{for}\ j=0,1\ \mbox{and}\ n\geq1 \] I ...