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Compute a probability in Random Walk by Martingales

Let $X_n$ be the state at time $n$ of a Markov chain with these transition probabilities : $$p_{i,i+1}=p_i\qquad,\qquad p_{i,i-1}=q_i=1-p_i$$ $(a)$ Show that $Z_n=g(X_n)\,;\,n\geq0$, is a ...
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Discrete math and recursion problem.

I was recently reading up examples on recursion and how it relates to induction and there's this question I am not sure about. Q: Let $$b_1=3$$ $$b_n=n(n+2)$$ From that question I wanted to do the ...
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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: $g(1) = \alpha;$ $g(2n+j) = 3g(n) + γn + β_j$ : j = 0,1 and n >= 1 I have assumed the closed form to ...
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finding explicit formula through substitution method

The question ask us to guess an explicit formula for the sequence $$t_k = t_{k-1} + 3k + 1 ,$$ for all integers $k$ greater than or equal to 1 and $t_0 = 0$ Can someone help me with this? Because I ...
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finding explicit formula

The question ask us to guess an explicit formula for the sequence $$y_k = y_{k-1} + k^2 ,$$ for all integers $k$ greater than or equal to 2 and $y_1 = 1$ Can someone help me with this? so far what ...
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Guess explicit formula using iteration

The question ask us to guess an explicit formula for the sequence $$s_k = s_{k-1} + 2k ,$$ for all integers $k$ greater than or equal to one and $s_0 = 3$ Can someone help me with this? Because I ...
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Solving a second level functional equation over all functions $g$

I am trying to find a closed form expression $f$ such that $$f(g(x+1) - g(x)) + f(g(x) - g(x-1)) = f(g(x))$$ For all functions $g$ I have concluded that for polynomials $$2^{n+1}f(0) = f(a_0 + ...
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If a uniquness for all functions exist shouldn't there be uniquness to recursion?

What I'm specifically saying is every function is definitely unique, as they may be nearly equivalent to another function, for example. Let's make a table of values for $^{x}2$ (0,1) (1,2) (2,4) ...
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Check these recursive definitions for me?

Looking for Give a recursive definition of A) the set of odd positive integers B) the set of positive integer powers of 3 C) the set of polynomials with integer coefficients I have a. Basis: ...
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Is there a recursive formula for Euler's Totient function

I have been looking for a recursive formula for Euler's totient function or Möbius' mu function to use these relations and try to create a generating function for these arithmetic functions.
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Use principle of mathematical induction to show a function defined recursively is uniquely determined.

I'm having difficulty with the following taken from "Elementary Number Theory And Its Applications" by Rosen section 1.1 questions. "Use the Principal Of Mathematical Induction to show that the value ...
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Predicting eigenvalues of bigger matrices

Consider the following $(3 \times 3)$ matrix: $K_3 = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} a & -1 & 0 \\ -1 & a+1 & -1 \\ 0 & -1 & a \end{array} \right)$ The question has a quantum ...
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Resolve a recursive series

Consider the following recursive function: $f(n) = 1 + \sum_{i=0}^{n-1} f(i)$ with $f(0)=1$ I need to derive a non recursive form. By simply trying values, I have inferred that it must be ...
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Meaning of Biinterpretability.

I'm reading this paper: http://www.math.cornell.edu/~shore/papers/pdf/hyp9.pdf and I am struggling with the meaning of Biintereptability, to quote the paper A degree structure $D$ is ...
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A question concerning the domain of function that is recursively defined.

I have a problem concerning nested functions and whether they're well-defined. I have the following definition for all $t\in \mathbb{Z}$. A function $y_t:\mathbb{R}^3\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that ...
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linear recursion $y_n=A \cdot y_{n-1}$

Let $a,b, \in \mathbb{R}$. Let $x_0=a, x_1=b$ and $x_n=\frac{x_{n-1}+x_{n-2}}{2}$ for $n \geq 2$ (i) Write the recursion in the form $y_n=A \cdot y_{n-1}$ where $A$ is a $2 \times 2$ matrix and ...
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Find a formula for a sequence of number

A sequence starts at $n=1$: $\{1, 4, 13, 40, 121, 364... \}$. Find an explicit formula that generates these numbers. Thanks a lot!
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Is 0^infinity indeterminate?

Is a constant raised to the power of infinity indeterminate? I am just curious. Say, for instance, is 0 raised to infinity indeterminate? Or is it only 1 raised to the infinity that is?
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Is the proof of non-totality of a function $f$ trivial if $f$ is recursively defined only on a subset of $\Bbb N$?

I define a fuction $*$ in a recursive way on a subset of natural numbers (with subset I mean that is $*$ define in the second argument only for $\Bbb N-\{0,1\}$ in other words we have $*:\Bbb N ...
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Precisely, what is a primitive recursive definition?

If I understand correctly, the language of primitive recursive arithmetic has a distinguished function symbol $S$, together with a function symbol for each primitive recursive definition (hereafter ...
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Recursive sum of squares of prime numbers

Perfect squares always have recursive sum of their digits(e.g. $361\rightarrow 10 \rightarrow 1$) as either $1, 4, 7$ or $9$. But if the perfect square is square of a prime number, except of $3$ . ...
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recursive digit sum of cubes of integers.

For every cube of an integer, the recursive sum of its digits , e.g. 729 -> 18 -> 9 etc. is always 1,8 or 9. With a computer program i checked this phenomenon up to 1000000000. In my prior ...
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Define this recursively : $f(n) = 3n - 4$

Define this recursively : $f(n) = 3n - 4$ I thought this is how you recursively define a function? $f^{-1}(n): y = 3n-4$ $y+4 = 3n$ $f^{-1}(n) = (y+4/3)$ But the answer is $f(n) = f(n-1) + B$ ...
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Amount of sub-matrices created by Laplace expansion

I have created a program that solves a matrices determinant using the Laplace expansion method, and I was wondering if there is a equation which provides how many sub-matrices are created and used in ...
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Dynamic Programming: Stock Exercise

I'm having a trouble dealing with this problem: Since future market prices, and the effect of large sales on these prices, are very hard to predict, brokerage firms use models of the market to ...
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Master theorem - why the log factor?

I think I finally managed to fully understand the master theorem but there's one thing left in the second clause (I'm following here: ...
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How do we know that every halting Turing Machine can be expressed as a recursive function?

I've hear many times that a major result in Recursion Theory is the equivalence of Turing and Godel's models: the functions implementable on a Turing machine are precisely the functions that can be ...
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Coloring a binary tree

Working through a problems practice coloring, I have found a problem that has me stumped. The problem states: For $n \in \mathbb{R}_{>o}$ the binary tree is defined recursively as follows. The ...
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Recursive Function - $f(n)=f(an)+f(bn)+n$

I've got this recursive function $f(n)=f(an)+f(bn)+n$, and I need to find $θ$ on $f(n)$, as $a+b>1$. Using a recursive tree, I managed to bound it by $n\log(n)$ from the bottom and by $n^2$ from ...
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Definition of General Associativity for binary operations

Let's say we are talking about addition defined in the real numbers. Then, by induction we define $\sum_{i=0}^{0}a_i=a_0$ and $\sum_{i=0}^{n}a_i=\sum_{i=0}^{n-1}a_i+a_n$ for $n> 1.\:$ Now, how do ...
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Use the recursive definition of summation together with mathematical induction to prove a sequence

Use the recursive definition of summation together with mathematical induction to prove that for all positive integers $n$ if $a_1, a_2,\ldots, a_n$ are real numbers, then $$\sum_{k=1}^n(3a_k - 2k + ...
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Find an explicit formula for the recursive sequence (tips?)

Problem: A sequence is defined recursively as follows: Sk = 2k - Sk - 1, for all integers k greater than or equal to 1 S0 = 1 Use iteration to guess the explicit formula for the sequence. Use ...
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Prove convergence and find the value of the limit of the sequence

Sequence $$a_{n+1}=(1+\frac{1}{3^n})a_n$$ $$a_1=1$$ The question asks to prove its convergence and find its limit. I have tried all the usual ways but am unable to solve it. The question also says ...
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Diagonalization out of partial recursive functions

So generally partial recursive functions don't diagonalize. But isn't this function an exception? $\phi(x)=\lambda_{x}(x)+1 $ if $\lambda_{x}(x)$ halts and $0$ else. Completely no clue... It seems ...
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Show $f(x)$ is partial recursive using the

So I want to show that the function $f(x)=0 $ if $x$ is even and not defined otherwise, is partial recursive using the $\mu$ operator (bounded search function, which is partial recursive). Plan is to ...
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Given n flips, what is the expected number of times the sequence HT shows up?

Suppose a fair coin is flipped $n$ times - what is the expected number of appearances of the sequence HT? I know it's $\sqrt n$, can anyone provide an explanation why this is true?
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Find a recursive algorithm to find $a^{2^n}$

Edit1: Used Latex. =] Edit2: Thanks for the guidance to the users below. Really helped me out editing the post and guidance on the math problem. The question gave me a hint: $a^{2^{n+1}} = (a^{2^n}) ...
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Definition by Recursion: why is the existence part not (almost) obvious?

I saw the following statement. Let $H$ be a set, let $e\in H$ and let $k:H\rightarrow H$ be a function. Then there is a unique function $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow H$ such that $f(1)=e$, and that ...
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Kleene's recursion theorem

Would anybody be able to provide me (someone with little familiarity with the subject matter) with a bit of background to the Recursion Theorem and guide me towards some texts on its mathematical and ...
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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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How to find a pattern in this recursive sequence algorithmically?

I'm trying to find the closed-form of a sequence algorithmically. Here is the recursive sequence: $$w_k=w_{k-2}+k, \forall k \in \Bbb{Z} | k \geq 3, w_1=1, w_2=2$$ which produces this sequence: ...
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Recurrence relation practice problem that I can't figure out

Thanks for taking the time to look at this problem. I'm trying to prepare for a test on Monday by doing some extra odd numbered problems from my textbook. I'm having a lot of trouble trying to solve ...
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Recurrence relations (Big-O notation)

Say I'm given a recursive function such as: function(n) { if (n <= 1) return; int i; for(i = 0; i < n; i++) { function(0.8n) } } ...
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Is this a correct recursive sequence definition?

Take this definition: Is this definition of $s_k$ for $k\ge2$ correct? $s_k=6a_{k-1}-5a_{k-2}$ but where does the $a$ term come from? The book swaps $a$ and $s$ interchangeably.
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Recurrence Relationship Questions

Consider the recurrence defined by: $$G_0 = 0\\ G_n = G_{n-1} + 2n - 1$$ Determine what Gn is for several values of n to determine a formula for Gn. $2n$ $n$ $2n-1$ $n^2$ *I believe this one is ...
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Recursion, Explicit Equasion

Prove $\ a_{n}<2^{n} $ for every natural number n, where $\ a_{n} $ is defined recursively by $$ a_{1}=1, a_{2}=2, a_{3}=3, a_{n}=a_{n-3}+a_{n-2}+a_{n-1},\ for\ n>=4$$ Once I get the explicit ...
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Simple Recurrence Questions [closed]

$r$ is a real number, define a recurrence relationship for $A_n$ $$A_0 = 1\\ A_n = r\cdot A_{n-1}$$ Question: What is the value of $A_4$ $4(A{n-1})$ $r^4$ $1$ $4r$ I've pretty much eliminated ...
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Recursively defined sequences

So, this question has been giving me a little bit of trouble. It's supposed to be just a few lines, and I know that I don't need to write out the base case, recursive step, and restriction. I ...
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A Problem about Recursion

Consider recursion $$a_n+c_1a_{n-1}+\cdots+c_ma_{n-m}=0~~~~~~~~~~(1)$$ Let $\lambda^m+c_1\lambda^{m-1}+\cdots+c_m=0$ be the characteristic function and $(\lambda_1,n_1),\cdots,(\lambda_s,n_s)$ be ...
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Guess an explicit formula for recursively defined sequence

Was given this as a question. "Use iteration to guess an explicit formula for the recursively defined sequence and then prove that the formula is a solution to the recurrence using induction: ...