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

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Second order homogeneous linear difference equation with variable coefficients

I was wondering if you would point me to a book where the theory of second order homogeneous linear difference equation with variable coefficients is discussed. I am having difficulties in getting ...
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how to solve $T (n) = T \left(\frac{n}{2} +\sqrt{n}\right) +\sqrt{6046}$

How can I solve the recurrence $$T (n) = T \left(\frac{n}{2} +\sqrt{n}\right) +\sqrt{6046}\ ?$$ Please don't just write the name of the method, as I just started learning this stuff and things are a ...
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Method of solving no-homogeneous recurrence equation

I need to obtain a closed form of $M(t)$, satisfying the following recurrence equation: $$M(t+1)=a+bM(t)+\frac{c}{t+1}\sum_{t'=0}^tM(t')+df(t)$$ Where $f(t)$ is a known function and $a$, $b$, $c$ ...
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Towers of Hanoi - are there configurations of $n$ disks that are more than $2^n - 1$ moves apart?

This is an exercise from Chapter 1 of "Concrete Mathematics". It concerns the Towers of Hanoi. Are there any starting and ending configurations of $n$ disks on three pegs that are more than $2^n - ...
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Divergence of $a_{n+1}=\sqrt{2a_n+3}$?

I am wondering what I am missing from my proof. I would like to show that the limit of the sequence $$a_{n+1}=\sqrt{2a_n+3},\,\, a_1=4,$$ goes to $\infty$, as $n \rightarrow \infty$. Is there ...
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Let $x_{n+1} = x_n + 1/(x_1 + x_2 +\ldots + x_n)$ with $x_1 = 1$. Show that $x_n\sim\sqrt{2\log(n)}$.

As the title states we have a sequence defined by $$x_{n+1} = x_n + \dfrac{1}{x_1 + x_2 + \cdots + x_n}$$ with $x_1 = 1$. The first few terms are: $1, 2, \frac{7}{3}, \frac{121}{48} \cdots$ Any ...
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Solve the recursion, $a_n = 3a_{n-1}-3a_{n-2}+a_{n-3}+8$

Bring the following recursion relation to an explicit expression: $$a_n = 3a_{n-1}-3a_{n-2}+a_{n-3}+8$$ $a_{0} = 0$, $a_1 = 1$, $a_2 = 2$ All the examples I have seen were with maximum 2 steps back ...
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Let $A$ be a matrix sized $p\times p$, where $2\le p$. Using recurrence relations, describe $A^k$.

Let $A$ be a matrix sized $p\times p$, Where $2\le p$. The matrix values in the main diagonal are $0$ and the rest are $1$'s. Example for $A$ where $p=5$: $$\begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 ...
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Solving recurrences of the form $T(n)=aT(n/a)+Θ(nlgn)$

On pages 95 and 96 of the third edition of the CLRS book, we find the following, which applies here since $a=b$ is all it takes to block the application of the Master Theorem: "Although $n\lg n$ is ...
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two-dimensional recurrence

Can someone using only these conditions $$a_{m,k}=a_{m-1,k}+a_{m-1,k-1},m>k$$ $$a_{m,k}=1,m=k$$ $$a_{m,k}=0,m<k$$ prove that $$a_{m,k}=\frac{m!}{k!(m-k)!}$$ here is way to construct Pascal ...
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Show that the Catalan numbers are given by this recurrence relation

Hey guys! I'm doing an assignment, and I'm just not sure (at all) how to start this problem. Can somebody nudge/shove me in the right directions? Show that the Catalan numbers are given by the ...
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What is the expected number of questions answered to complete a sequence in which wrong answers send you to the start?

Given a sequence of n questions that each contain x answer choices, what is the expected number of questions answered before answering all questions correctly if answering a question incorrectly sends ...
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Period doubling bifurcation in a quadratic map

I am attempting the find $\mu$ for which the map $$x_{n+1} = \mu + x_n^2$$ undergoes a period doubling bifurcation. I understand that finding the fixed points of the map is the first step towards ...
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Recurrence for perfect matchings revisited.

I like to study combinatorics a bit as a hobby, and recently a question I found interesting was posed asking to derive a recurrence for the generating function $G_n(x)$, the ordinary generating ...
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Proving a solution to a double recurrence is exhaustive

The equation $$ b^2 = \frac{a(a+1)}{2} + 1 $$ where $a$ and $b$ are integers, has the following smallish-integer solutions: ...
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Expressing a recursively defined function in terms of factorials or gamma function

Given the recursion $$f(n) = nf(n-1) + (n-1)f(n-2) $$ $$f(0) = 1, f(1) = 1$$ How exactly does one express the target function? I know that $$f(n) = nf(n-1)$$ gives rise to $$f(n) = ...
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How to solve this recurrence $T(n)=2T(n/2)+n/\log n$

How can I solve the recurrence relation $$T(n)=2T\left(\frac n2\right)+\frac{n}{\log n}$$? I am stuck up after few steps.. I arrive till $$T(n) = 2^k T(1) + \sum_{i=0}^{\log(n-1)} ...
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recurrence relation $f(n)=5f(n/2)-6f(n/4) + n$

I've been trying to solve this recurrence relation for a week, but I haven't come up with a solution. $f(n)=5f(n/2)-6f(n/4) + n$ Solve this recurrence relation for $f(1)=2$ and $f(2)=1$ At first ...
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Deriving a recurrence relation

The number of sequences of length $n$ consisting of positive integers such that the opening and ending elements are $1$ or $2$ and the absolute difference between any $2$ consecutive elements is $0$ ...
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Geometric interpretation of the fundamental theorem for coalgebras?

Given an element $m$ in a coalgebra $C$, there always exists a finite-dimensional subcoalgebra $D \subset C$ containing $m$; this is the fundamental theorem for coalgebras. This obviously isn't the ...
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general technique to convert recurrence relation to integral

I know the following recurrence relation $$a_n=\frac{a+na_{n-1}}{a-n}$$ with $a_0=1$ can be represented alternatively as an integral $$a_n=a\int_0^1{x^{a-n-1}(2-x)^ndx}$$ Verifying this is easy, ...
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A nicer recurrence for the Eulerian polynomials.

I was perusing the subject of Eulerian polynomials. I'm assuming the definition that the Eulerian polynomial is defined by $C_n(t)=\sum_{\pi\in S_n}t^{1+d(\pi)}$, where $d(\pi)$ is the number of ...
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How can I prove that this recursive sequence converges?

Let $a_0=1$, $a_1=1$ and $a_{n+2}=\frac{1}{a_{n+1}}+\frac{1}{a_n}$. How can I prove that this sequence is convergent? I know that if it's convergent, it converges to $\sqrt{2}$ and I can calculate the ...
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Solving a recurrence with diagonalization?

Considering the recurrence $F_n=F_{n-1}+3F_{n-2}-3F_{n-3}$ where $F_0=0$, $F_1=1$ and $F_2=2$. Use diagonalization to find a closed form expression for $F_n$. So I first continued the recurrence to ...
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Recursive identity for elliptic lattice constants $\sum_{\lambda\in\Lambda\setminus0} \lambda^{-2k}$

I am stuck on Exercise 3 in these notes. To keep this question self-contained: we have $\displaystyle\Lambda=\langle\omega_1,\omega_2\rangle=\omega_1\Bbb Z+\omega_2\Bbb Z\subset\Bbb C,$ ...
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Homework | Find the general solution to the recurrence relation

A question I have been stuck on for quite a while is the following Find the general solution to the recurrence relation $$a_n = ba_{n-1} - b^2a_{n-2}$$ Where $b \gt 0$ is a constant. I don't ...
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Recurrence for random walk

I have the following recurrence which I get when trying to solve a random walk problem given a positive integer $x$. $p_i = \dfrac{p_{i-1}}{2} + \dfrac{p_{i+2}}{2}$ if $0< i < x$ $p_i = 1$ if ...
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Purely combinatorial proof and simplification of identity involving factorials and summations

While trying to decompose factorials into summations, I came up with the following identity $$(n+2)! = 2^{n+1} + \sum\limits_{k=0}^{n-1}\sum\limits_{i=0}^{n-1-k}\sum\limits_{S \subseteq ...
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Find inverse for the closed-form expression of linear recurrence relation

I am trying to find an inverse of the following formula: $$ a_n=\frac{2+\sqrt{6}}{4}(1+\sqrt{6})^n+\frac{2-\sqrt{6}}{4}(1-\sqrt{6})^n $$ This formula is a closed-form expression of a linear ...
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Recurrence-differential equation

In his book on differential equations, Arnold writes that $x'(t)=x(x(t))$ is not a differential equation. My question is: how can one solve it?
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Recurrence relation for the integral, $ I_n=\int\frac{dx}{(1+x^2)^n} $

Express recurrence relation of the integral $$ I_n=\int\frac{dx}{(1+x^2)^n} $$ [My Answer] $$ I_n = \int\frac{1+x^2}{(1+x^2)^n}dx-\int\frac{x^2}{(1+x^2)^n}dx $$ $$ I_n=I_{n-1}-\int ...
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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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Does the A001921 linear recurrent integer sequence always yield composite numbers?

Let $(a_n)$ be the A001921 sequence $$ a_0 := 0,\ a_1 := 7, \quad a_{n+2} = 14a_{n+1} - a_n + 6. $$ Is it true that $a_n$ is always a composite integer for any $n\geq 2$ ? UPDATE : I now make a ...
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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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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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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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What is closed-form expression for $F(n)$ when $F(n)=F(n-1)+F(n-2)$ and $F(0)=a$,$F(1)=b$ and $a,b>0$?

What is closed-form expression for $F(n)$ when $F(n)=F(n-1)+F(n-2)$ and $F(0)=a$, $F(1)=b$ and $a,b>0$ ? It seems to be simple generalization of Fibonacci sequence but I can't find closed form for ...
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What's known about recurrences involving $(a_n)^2$?

I've run across the recurrence $a_{n+1} = (a_n)^2 + 1$ in the past. Unfortunately, the referrence escapes me. However, my impression was that recurrences involving the product of previous terms ...
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Recurrence relation $C_n = n + 1 + \dfrac{2}{n}\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n-1}C_k$.

A Discrete Mathematics book from which I'm self-studying ("Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications", by Kenneth Rosen) asks me to do the following: Given the following recurrence relation: $$C_n = ...
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Notation for factorial-type pattern with a skip/step of two instead of one?

I came across a peculiar pattern when solving a recurrence relation today: Some sequence $a_n$ looks as such: $a_0 = 1$ $a_2 = \frac{1}{2 \cdot 1}$ $a_4 = \frac{1}{4 \cdot 2 \cdot 1}$ $a_6 = ...
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Finding the billionth number in the series: $2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19, 28, 42, \ldots $?

Series is defined as $$a_{n+1} = \lfloor\frac{3\cdot a_n}{2}\rfloor,\qquad a_0 = 2$$ It can be viewed as the number of animals starting from a single pair if any pair of animals can produce a single ...
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Does this problem have a name?

Recently our lecturer told us that it is an unsolved mathematical problem if the following while loop aka iteration ever terminates. Unfortunately I forgot to ask him what it is called. If someone ...
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Fibonacci, tribonacci and other similar sequences

I know the sequence called the Fibonacci sequence; it's defined like: $\begin{align*} F_0&=0\\ F_1&=1\\ F_2&=F_0+F_1\\ &\vdots\\ Fn&=F_{n-1} + F_{n-2}\end{align*}$ And we ...
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Explicit formula for a recursion

How can you express the following recursion explicitly? \begin{cases} T_0 = 1\\ T_n = 1 + 2\cdot T_{n-1}\\ \end{cases}
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Linear homogeneous difference equation with constant coefficients

If I have for instance the equation: $0 = 2x_{n} - 3x_{n+1}+x_{n+2}$ Then the solution space is a linear vector space of dimension 2. Someone who can explain why this is true? My teacher has ...
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What is the closed form of this recurrence relation

I have the following recurrence relation : $$g(0) = c $$ $$g(i+1) = g(i) + (1-g(i))*g(i)^{2}$$ where 0 < c < 1. Is there any closed form for this relation? If not can you give me an upper ...
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How do I resolve a recurrence relation when the characteristic equation has fewer roots than terms?

I know how to solve "simple" recurrence relations. For instance, say you have: $$c_0 = 20$$ $$c_1 = 30$$ $$c_n = 3 c_{n-1} - 2 c_{n-2}$$ We can write the characteristic equation as: $$3x^{n-1} - ...
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Recurrence relation (linear, second-order, constant coefficients)

Q1. Find the general solution to the difference equation $$ a_{n} - 4a_{n-1} + 3a_{n-2} = 6 $$ Q2. Solve the difference equation $$ a_{n} - a_{n-1} - 2a_{n-2} = 0, a_0 = 2, a_1 = 4 $$ I am ...